About the Musician
J.J. Wright's style cannot be easily categorized. Trained as a jazz improvisor at the New School for Jazz in NYC, he's also passionate about sacred music. Palestrina and Bach vie with Monk and Cannonball Adderley as just a few of his harmonic and melodic inspirations. While with the US Naval Academy Band, Wright performed for the President—along with several other high-profile diplomatic gigs—and the Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro Bop Alliance, recording and performing with vibraphonist and Latin Grammy award-winner Dave Samuels. He recently recorded his debut recording of original compositions and covers from Jon Brion, Sufjan Stevens, and Phil Collins at Ambient Studios in Stamford, CT. He is joined on the drums by Nate Wood and on the bass by Ike Sturm and expects to release the album in late Summer 2014.
J.J. is Director of Music at Sacred Heart Parish, the crypt church underneath the University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and is the editor and creator of Sacred Music at Notre Dame's online journal: Music and the Sacred.
When he's not busy pursuing a Master's of Sacred Music degree or studying conducting with Carmen-Helena Tellez, he's a husband and father to three beautiful children.