Known for movies

John Medeski is an American keyboardist, composer and producer. He is a member of the jazz-rock band Medeski Martin & Wood, and has collaborated with a wide range of musicians including John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Iggy Pop, and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Medeski was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 3, 1965. His father was a jazz trumpet player and his mother was a classical pianist. He began playing piano at the age of four and soon developed a love for jazz and improvisation. Medeski studied classical piano at the Juilliard School in New York City, but he dropped out after two years to pursue a career in music.

Medeski’s first professional gig was with the band Groove Collective. He later toured with Billy Martin’s band, The Word. In 1992, he formed Medeski Martin & Wood with bassist Chris Wood and drummer Billy Martin. The band has released 16 albums and toured extensively throughout the world.

Medeski has also released several solo albums, including A Different Time (2011) and Mad Skillet (2018). He has composed music for film and television, including the score for the HBO series Treme.

Medeski is married to artist and musician Emily Elhaj. They have two daughters.

Medeski has an estimated net worth of $5 million. He earns a salary of $300,000 per year from his work with Medeski Martin & Wood, and has also earned income from his solo albums and composing work.

General Info

Full NameJohn Medeski
ProfessionOrganist, Keyboard Player, Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist
EducationNew England Conservatory of Music


Music GroupsMedeski Martin & Wood, Spectrum Road, The Word
MoviesBloomin Mud Shuffle, Audrey the Trainwreck, Shadows and Lies, Tiger Tail in Blue

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Bloomin Mud Shuffle2015
Juicy Lucy2014Video short
Tiger Tail in Blue2012
Audrey the Trainwreck2010
Shadows & Lies2010
Day on Fire2006


Conan2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Altman2014Documentary arranger: "Let's Begin Again" / performer: "Let's Begin Again"
Ghost of New Orleans2011"Luke Warm Coffee"
House M.D.2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss1998writer: "Think", "Kenny"

Music Department

Altman2014Documentary composer: additional music
Shadows & Lies2010musician
Blind Date2007/Imusician: piano
A Brother's Kiss1997musician: keyboard


Foreplay2005ShortJohn Medeski


Conan2015TV SeriesHimself - The Word
Lee's 88 Keys2015Himself
Juicy Lucy2014Video shortHimself
Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story2011Documentary
Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub2008DocumentaryHimself
Blind Boys of Alabama: Go Tell It on the Mountain2004TV SpecialPerformer
Go Further2003DocumentaryHimself
The Medeski, Martin and Wood's Dropper2002Documentary shortHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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