John Bishop

Guitar & Jazz Studies



Guitarist and music theorist, John Bishop, holds degrees from Berklee College of Music (BM, Performance, cum laude), University of Louisville (MM, Jazz Studies), Louisiana State University (Ph.D., Music Theory). He was a student of Jimmy Raney. Teaching experience includes assignments at Louisiana State University, University of Louisville, Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, River Parishes Community College, East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools Talented Music Program, and Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshops.

Bishop presented masterclasses and academic scholarship on the topics of mathematics and music, transformational harmony in jazz, and intersections in mathematical group theory (study of symmetry) and improvisation techniques at Berklee College of Music, Southeastern Louisiana University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Loyola University.

Bishop performed with jazz artists Jamey Aebersold, Steve Erquiaga, Dave Liebman, Delfaeyo Marsalis, Jimmy Raney; gospel artists Kim Burrell Bobby Jones, and Brenda Waters. He performs with Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and is the rhythm guitarist for Hot Club of Baton Rouge, a group specializing in the music of Django Reinhardt.

Bishop is a member of Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music, Society for Music Theory, and Jazz Educator’s Network.


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229 School of Music
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504