Born in Toronto but raised in Vancouver, John began piano lessons at age 5 and immediately began exams with the Royal Conservatory of Music. After hearing John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme midway through high school, he added saxophone, clarinet, and flute. Despite a scholarship offer from Toronto’s Humber College, John enrolled in Capilano University’s Jazz Program. While at Cap, John made a name for himself both at the school and in the vibrant Vancouver jazz scene, working with some of the city’s top musicians. Months after graduation in 2014, John moved to Toronto where he worked as a busy side musician in all genres and as an arranger. John earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto in 2018 and returned to Vancouver in 2020.