May 20, 2017
Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, John discovered music early on in life, and immediately began immersing himself in it. He discovered the work of Django Reinhardt and the great classical composers, who were his major inspirations for taking up the guitar. John was asked to join up with an early guitar hero, Danny Kalb of Blues Project fame, to record on an anthology album for Columbia Records with veteran guitar greats Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Roy Buchanan, Johnny Winter, Santana and Chuck Berry. A watershed experience was a tour of the United States, which also included Eric Burden and the Animals, and Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen.
Back in New York John played on the C.B.G.B. scene, the epicenter of the Rock n’ Roll renaissance, with Patti Smith, Television, Mink Deville and The Talking Heads. Later on, Willy Deville remembering the impact of John’s commanding performance when they jammed at the C.B.G.B. club, asked him to fill Mark Knopfler’s role on the Miracle Tour of Europe (1988-1989). Together they played throughout Paris, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.
His 1977 45 rpm record, “Vice Verses”, (written to, for and about Miles Davis) is now a valuable collector’s item, and is still played on many radio stations in Europe and Scandinavia. The press notices for Berenzy’s performances and subsequent album The Final Resolve were extremely favorable. A remastered “Vice Verses” can also be found on his Far Cry anthology CD.
John, who is listed in the book Who’s Who of Rock n’ Roll, has played on sessions with highly distinguished players from Johnny Thunders to Carlos Alomar (David Bowie) to Ron Carter (Miles Davis). He recorded the album, Votive Light, with legendary players J.D. Daugherty (Patti Smith / Tom Verlaine / The Church), Fred Smith (Television), John Bruschini (Cecil Taylor), Bob Curiano (Mink Deville) and Ron Carter (Miles Davis).
Out of Darkness, his 2011 release, features Garth Hudson of The Band, Graham Parker, Buddy Cage (pedal steal guitar player with Bob Dylan), Richard Lloyd, Fred Smith, and Billy Ficca of Tom Verlaines’ group Television. and Sterling Campbell, drummer with David Bowie and the B-52s.
John’s latest album, This Defining Moment, features tracks with Professor Louie and Juma Sultan.
“New York’s most talented and uncorrupted musician” –United Talent
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