About John

John (JB or Johnny) Abbott plays jazz, blues, and pop/rock standards.  He composes original scores for TV, radio, podcasts, films, and more under Sourland Sounds Music Services and produces recordings on Murphy Boy Records.


He is a veteran guitar instructor of ages 7-adult.  He has a private teaching practice and begins teaching at Princeton Adult School this fall.


A profound believer that musicians should contribute to the community, John plays in benefit shows around New Jersey.  He produces and performs in live showcases to benefit causes such as veterans, animal rescue, and more. John formerly served as the volunteer chapter coordinator for Guitars For Vets, a national nonprofit organization providing free guitar lessons for veterans afflicted with PTSD and other distress.


Dedicated to the principle that learning is lifelong, John is a 2021 graduate Magna Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music and plans to continue formal guitar study. He also holds a master's in education from Rutgers University and is a member of The Blues Foundation and of BMI.

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