John Ade Fowler was born in Archway London 1963. He grew up in a gospel musical environment playing various percussive instruments before discovering the guitar (the instrument of his dreams) . John finally bought the guitar at the age of 16 and started to learn to read music.
He started to attend local jazz workshops on Saturdays ,during this time John started attending jazz festivals in the UK, Europe and the USA. John witnessed many great legends such as ; Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, Tal Farlow, Sal Nestico, Hal Galper, Gene Harris, the late Clifford Jarvis , James Brown's band leader Pee Wee Ellis and trumpeter/flugel horn player Hajj Akbar to name a few.
By 1985 John gained addmission into Goldsmith college , London where he earned a Diploma in Jazz /popular music studies and arranging.
1987 John was working extensively in the UK jazz, blues, latin and funk/pop circuit.
During 1989 John successfully gained a 4 month contract (extended to 8 months) on the Royal Caribean cruise ship.
In the early 90s he moved to the USA to further his music education studies.
At this time John was studying and working around music professionals in the East Coast area such as ; the late great guitarist Phil Upchurch and Pat Martino. During this period he played guitar in salsa bands and played with many Spanish musicians who used to work with the late Tito Puente. John also used to play with many rhythm and blues/cover bands.
By 1994, John was back in the UK regularly performing with big bands ,as a leader of his quintet , playing solo jazz guitar in theatres pre shows, festivals , hotels, functions/events and playing jazz funk.
1997 John decided to go back to university earning a BA (hons) in band musicianship.
As a full time professional with some 25 years experience playing over 2000 gigs. John has played in the National theatre, hotels, festivals, universities and has taken seminars all aorund the UK, Europe and Sydney Australia.
John's aims are to put all his experiences into his new record of smooth jazz and blues titled "Anthropology.....smooth latin jazz ,Jazz and Blues. crossover pop and Beyound"