Bassist John Goldsby was released from hospital today after undergoing extensive spinal surgery. The procedure was necessary to correct damage caused by a primary breast cancer that had metastasized to locations in the vertebrae, shoulder, hip and lung. In the coming weeks and months, Goldsby will undergo hormone therapy and radiation to treat the primary cancer and affected areas. Doctors are cautiously optimistic, and Goldsby plans to return to a full performance and teaching schedule in 2020.
To stay abreast of the complete developments in Goldsby’s medical treatment, or to leave a message for John, visit his caring bridge website. No donations are being solicited:
John Goldsby has held the bass position with the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany since 1994, working on projects, albums, livestreams and live concerts with artists such as Fred Hersch,
Knower, Joshua Redman, Dave Stryker, Pasquale Grasso, Vince Mendoza and Bob Mintzer. Goldsby is also active as bandleader and sideman in small groups outside the WDR Big Band. He wrote for Bass Player Magazine for three decades, and is currently featured columnist for the new online publication BassMagazine.com.
Goldsby teaches at the Maastricht Conservatorium, the Sligo Jazz Workshop and the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops. He has authored several books, and recently published his second online bass course with DiscoverDoubleBass.com. You can hear John on the silver screen in the director’s cut re-release of Francis Ford Coppola’s, The Cotton Club Encore [Lionsgate, 1984 / 2019], playing in theaters everywhere and coming to streaming services soon.