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,  as well as  produces recordings on Murphy Boy Records.

He is an experienced and credentialed guitar teacher of students 7-adult.


A profound believer that musicians should contribute to the community, John plays in local open mics and in benefit shows.  He is especially fond of producing and performing 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 at the Lyons and West Orange VA New Jersey Health Care Systems. 

Dedicated to the principle that learning is lifelong, John is a 2021 graduate Magna Cum Laude of 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 an active member of The Recording Academy and of BMI.

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