John Isley

"The design team at Cannonball has delivered an instrument worthy of the lineage of the classic American saxophone begun by CG Conn and King. The Stone Series is the first modern-design saxophone to offer the focus, compactness of sound, and projection of a classic Selmer with the body, resonance and sheer power like that of the big bore American horns. Without any compromises of control, intonation or most importantly, SOUND. The Cannonball is truly a joy to play, in every possible way. From jazz to funk to rock & roll, it's all there. As a lifelong Selmer Balanced Action and MK VI player, I was skeptical of the ability of a modern saxophone to offer anything comparable to my classic Selmers. The best endorsement I can offer is that Cannonball is now all I play, period. Play one, buy one, fall in love with one, or two or three.. I did." ~ John Isley

New York Horns: The Movin' Out Tour Band


Originally from North Carolina, I've lived in New York City for the past 26 years. I've loved this city from the first time I set foot in it, and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. It really is the center of the known universe - at least for me.

I'm a musician - multi-instrumentalist, composer, studio rat - and a bit of a technology geek. I've spent many years honing my multifaceted craft and even spent a couple of those teaching technology for Apple. My curiosity knows no bounds and I love the pursuit of knowledge and mastery for its own sake. Getting paid sure helps though...

I am a huge fan of cold beer, good wine, great food, engaging books and stimulating conversation, and have been known to go well out of my way in pursuit of some combination or other of these things. My current worst bad habit is golf. It's the game that reminds me why I'm a musician and not a professional athlete. And it keeps me humble. VERY humble...

I've performed with a litany of well known as well as shockingly anonymous bands and musicians over the years. The highlights have been gigs with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Allman Brothers, Little Feat, Levon Helm, Mary Wilson, Bernard Purdie, Reggie Workman, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, and They Might Be Giants; right alongside dozens of others.

It's just as likely you'll find me toiling away in anonymity in the pit of a Broadway show. I've worked on and/or toured with Movin' Out, Hairspray, Grease, In the Heights, Hair, Memphis, The Rocky Horror Show and Five Guys Named Moe.

For those who care for such things, I hold a Master's degree in jazz performance from Queens College (part of City College, The City University of New York) and a Bachelor's degree in jazz & contemporary music from The New School for Social Research, New York.

My current gig is saxophonist for the soul/rock band Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. ( and I'm a founding member of the New York Horns.

In addition to happily playing my Cannonball horns, I'm a RICO artist and JodyJazz Artist.

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