John Lander has performed at Lincoln Center, The Rainbow Room, the Apollo Theater, The Jazz Standard, Phillips Art Auction House, and all over the world.
Hey there, I’m John Lander. I’m a musician from Brooklyn.
John Lander is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, arranger, and musical director born and raised in Brooklyn. For the past decade, he has led an incredibly eclectic musical career, touching on virtually every aspect of the art form. Aside from his main work in New York as a jazz and improvisational pianist, John has performed both domestically and overseas, playing a variety of instruments and genres and working with groups of all kinds. Raised on the diverse NYC music scene, countless incredible artists from myriad musical and cultural backgrounds have developed him into the seasoned leader, sideman, and session player he is today.
In addition to gigging, John Lander accompanies at the Juilliard School, Columbia University, New York University, Dance Theater of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, Martha Graham Dance Company, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. For five years, John hosted a popular weekly jam session at Caffe Vivaldi (RIP) in the West Village, and also hosts other recurring sessions in New York City. Driven by a love of people, learning, and new experiences, John has shaped his career to satisfy his desire to become a well-rounded and thorough musician and person. This passion has led to collaborations with Grammy-award winning artists, commissions for artistic and commercial work, opportunities to compose for theater, film, and television, and the privilege of teaching music both technically and conceptually. John Lander is currently based in Manhattan.
"Brooklyn native John Lander first began teaching himself to play by ear on his toy keyboard at the age of 3, and since has been developing himself into a proficient pianist and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a genuine artist who uses innumerable methods to express himself through the creative process. "
-BARNARD DANCE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
"John Lander... has passed through the halls of many esteemed learning institutions, including the Juilliard School. Actively pursuing new directions in music, while steeped in the jazz and classical tradition... "
-THE VILLAGE ALLIANCE
"Kudos to pianist Lander who reappears to offer flawless piano accompaniment on this passionate manifestation, rattling the chandeliers with hopeful and redemptive vibrations. "
-JAMES NADAL, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Tucked in and dovetailing superbly with the vocals is some impressive piano playing from John Lander. "
-SAMMY STEIN, JAZZ IN EUROPE