Born in Chicago, Illinois, John Splithoff recently earned a degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami, where he studied music theory and honed his songwriting skills. Early on, he shared the stage with Patti Austin, George Benson, Gloria Estefan, CeeLo Green, Dave Grusin, Bobby McFerrin, Jon Secada, Clarence Clemons, Take 6 and Ben Folds. Splithoff released an EP, The Move, in 2013 and moved to New York to see if he could give it some traction. He is teaching at the School of Rock.
Opening for Liam Hayes at the Mercury Lounge tonight, Splithoff presented an innovative mix of original songs with rhythm & blues vocals and pop melodies with jazz and rock backdrops. The impressive nature of his eclectic vocal style was that it was broad enough to have fit equally at a folk club, a big band stage or a discotheque. Velvety smooth, it went searching for a hook and then it grabbed it tenaciously. In time, John Splithoff will find his audience.
Visit John Splithoff at www.johnsplithoff.com.