John Lester Solo Shows

“Whether you regard him as an acoustic singer-songwriter, a soulful vocalist,

or a superb and innovative bassist, his talent is undeniable.”

-Time Out, London  


  John is an award-winning songwriter and bassist who has made his mark in both the acoustic and jazz music scene. His career has been far reaching: he is a two-time winner of the "Song of the Year Award" from West Coast Songwriters, he landed his latest studio album in the Top 100 US JazzWeek charts, and tours regularly throughout the United States, The UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, and The Netherlands. Through it all, he has always been accompanied by his 100 year old standup bass, Sarah.

  John’s music has drawn comparisons to many of his influences – Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Michael Franks, Bill Withers to mention a few - yet is never a copy of the original. His voice stands out thanks to a balanced combination of talents: introspective and thought-provoking lyricism, smoky, resonant vocals, and melodious expertise on the double bass as well as a variety of bass and acoustic guitars.


“John doesn’t just have a great voice…he is a voice. Great songs that really communicate!”

- Russ Jennings, KPFA, Berkeley


“A voice full of tone like a single malt whisky!”

- ACE Magazine, UK


“Lester’s USP is his supreme mastery of all possible varieties of basses and his use of them as lead instruments, his understated virtuosity demands attention!”

 - Maverick Magazine


“Lester is a laid back, relaxed singer, a songwriter with a fresh viewpoint, and a talented bassist!”

 - Folkwax