John Albert Wright was born in Louisville Kentucky in 1934, to a father who worked as a laborer, and a mother who served as a missionary At the age of three, John began playing the piano at his mother’s Pentecostal church. It was the sanctified tradition of gospel sound alone that was allowed to enter his ears. By the age of five he so put his piano teacher to shame, that the humbled instructor told Mother Wright “her money should, at honest best, be saved, not “wasted” on formal lessons. In John, she had a prodigious son”.
To this day the pianist, organist and bassist does not read or write music. Known commercially as “South Side Soul” he currently appears with his own quartet in clubs in the Chicago area. Selected recordings include South Side Soul-John Wright Trio, John Wright: Mr. Soul, John Wright: Makin’ Out and John Wright: The Last Amen. His studio credits include Prestige, Fantus and Catz recording studios.
John attended Wendell Phillips High School from 1948-1951, and in 2008 was inducted into Wendell Phillips High School Hall of Fame. His military service included three years of Special Services throughout Europe. He is a father of nine, grandfather of 29, great grandfather of 15, and great-great grandfather of five. Wright was the 2009 recipient of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Walter Dyett Lifetime Achievement Award.
For the 3rd year the Chicago Jazz Festival is partnering with PianoForte Foundation to present three solo piano concerts at their beautiful and intimate concert hall at 1335 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. All concerts begin at 5:30 and end at 6:30.For more information call (312) 291-0291