Berklee College of Music
Alumnus, Berklee College of Music
Mainstream and bebop guitarist Jon Wheatley has recorded on some 30 releases flanking Ruby Braff, Dick Johnson, Gordon Brisker, Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Davern, Herb Pomeroy, and more. His arrangements and guitar work are on CD’s of Donna Byrne, Mike Turk, Arnie Krakowsky and others.His own recent CD, “Guitar On The Loose in London,” features him with Britain’s best players.
Festivals Jon has performed at include the Guinness Jazz Festival, (Cork, Ireland); Jazz at Chautauqua (Chautauqua NY); Arbors Record’s March of Jazz (Clearwater, FL); Brecon Jazz Festival (Brecon, Wales); Nairn Jazz Festival (Nairn, Scotland); JVC Jazz Festival in New York City and the Boston Globe Jazz Festival.
Acclaimed music critic Dan Morgenstern included Jon’s CD “Guitar on the Loose in London” on his WGBO Radio Program “Best of the Year (2004).
Just Jazz Guitar Magazine’s May 2005 issue includes interview and original music of Jon’s.
His guitar work on Daryl Sherman’s “Guess Who’s In Town” and Dick Johnson’s “A Tribute To Artie Shaw” has also received critical acclaim.
Jon has been a sideman for Diana Krall, Karrin Allyson, Scott Hamilton, Dave McKenna, Alan Dawson, Benny Waters, Mike Metheny, "Sweets" Edison and Gunther Schuller. With a repertoire of over 1000 standards, he’s performed in clubs and theater for 30 years, and in festivals here and abroad. Jon was described by famed cornetist Ruby Braff as “the guitar equivalent of Stan Getz.”
College teaching credits include Brown University, University of Massachusetts at Lowell (Coordinator of Guitar), Berklee (Associate Professor), Harvard and Tufts Universities. His improvising and vast collection of guitar solos incorporate both pick and fingerstyle.