John Chapman is no typical wedding and events guitarist. His music shares the deep human truth that music is more than a career or hobby; more than a beautiful ambiance. Music is a primary part of human culture and the spiritual element of creation that binds us in joy and gratitude.
Chapman began playing the guitar 35-years ago and has 20-years professional experience. Starting out with rock, rhythm and blues, pop and folk on steel string acoustic and electric guitars, he soaked up the rich New York City music scene from the early 1980's, performing with and being mentored by many great guitarists and musicians.
In December 2007, Chapman relocated from the New York City area to San Francisco and began immersing himself in the study of solo finger-style nylon string classical guitar; classical, jazz, Brazilian, spanish and nuevo-flamenco styles. Now eight years later, with over 500 performances to his credit, reaching 1000’s of appreciative listeners, he has obtained a deep solo repertoire, and become one of the top guitar soloists in the San Francisco Bay Area. John C. is one of the few San Francisco Bay Area guitar soloists that authentically performs jazz ballads and standards, latin, smooth, fusion and gypsy jazz, Brazilian Bossa nova and samba, light Classical, nuevo-flamenco, rock, reggae, pop, folk, funk, New Orleans, rhythm and blues, americana, bluegrass and western swing styles.
Over the years, Chapman's passion and dedication to all styles of guitar music has gifted him with a variety of world-class performance opportunities with musicians and artists whose bands include; Blood Sweat and Tears, Branford Marsalis, Buddy Guy, David Bowie, Dave Mann, Harry Belafonte, Joey Calderazzo, Natalie Cole, John Lucien, John Scofield, Leslie West, Mike Stern, George Porter, Sheryl Crow, Spyro Gyra, Sting, Tina Turner, Tower of Power, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers and others. His guitar playing has aired on national and international TV and radio, with performances from New York to San Francisco, New Orleans to Nashville and beyond. He is also an accomplished singer-songwriter, composer, bandleader, producer and music educator.
Some of Chapman's guitar influences come from: Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Kenny Burrell, BB King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knofler, Walter Becker, Larry Carlton, Hiram Bullock, Robben Ford, Brent Mason, Steve Kahn, Django Reinhardt, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Ted Greene, Jim Hall, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Paul Jackson Jr., Wes Montgomery, Russell Malone, Jonathan Kreisberg, Grant Green, Marcus Miller, Chet Atkins, Earl Klugh, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Andres Segovia, Romero Lubambo, Luiz Bonfa, Badden Powell, Paco De Lucia and others.
Chapman's elegant and versatile solo guitar and band music offers clients exceptional musical ambiance for all types of events and celebrations.