Coral Reefer Band

John Lovell

John started playing trumpet at age 5 because his dad was a trumpet player. He joined his school band, went to college, dropped out, and then got his first major musician job with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra. He later did a stint with the O’Jays and ended up touring with them. He eventually moved to Miami and attended the University of Miami School of Music where he played in the concert jazz band. He started working in a club called Bananas, where he had the opportunity to play with artists such as Tony Bennett, Dianne Carroll, Bob Hope, and Ben E. King.

John won the Downbeat Magazine student-recording award for Outstanding Performance by a Jazz Instrumentalist in 1982. He spent time during the “fabulous 80s” at jazz radio WDNA in Miami; however, in 1987 he was a “starving musician” paying bills as a substitute teacher in the Dade County public schools.

In 1992, John was selling stereos, working at a local Circuit City store and “wasn’t getting anywhere.” Then he got a call from a friend who was in the studio with Jimmy Buffett, where they were looking for a trumpet player. He sent a tape, resume and picture and two weeks later he got the job.

John has always been a jazz player and, when he’s not touring with Jimmy Buffett, he can be found playing with a local swing band in the Palm Beach area.

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Album Credits (Jimmy Buffett albums)
Year Album Title Credit Notes
1994 Fruitcakes Trumpet
1995 Barometer Soup Trumpet
1996 Banana Wind Trumpet
1996 Christmas Island Trumpet
1998 Don’t Stop The Carnival Trumpet
1999 Beach House on the Moon Trumpet
1999 Buffett Live – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Trumpet
2002 Far Side Of The World Trumpet
2003 Meet Me In Margaritaville Trumpet
2003 Live in Las Vegas, NV Trumpet
2003 Live in Auburn, WA Trumpet
2004 Live in Cincinnati, OH Trumpet
2004 Live in Mansfield, MA Trumpet
2005 Live In Hawaii Trumpet
2005 Live at Fenway Park Trumpet
2006 Take the Weather With You Trumpet
2007 Live at Texas Stadium Trumpet Coral Reefer Band
2007 Live in Anguilla Trumpet

Tours (with the Coral Reefer Band)
Year Tour Name Credit Notes
1992 Recession Recess Tour Trumpet
1993 Chameleon Caravan Tour Trumpet
1994 Fruitcakes Tour Trumpet
1995 Domino College Tour Trumpet
1996 Banana Wind Tour Trumpet
1997 Havana Daydreamin’ Tour Trumpet
1998 Don’t Stop The Carnival Tour Trumpet
1999 Beach House On The Moon Tour Trumpet
2000 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Tour Trumpet
2001 A Beach Odyssey Tour Trumpet
2002 Far Side of the World Tour Trumpet
2003 Tiki Time Tour Trumpet
2004 License To Chill Tour Trumpet
2005 A Salty Piece Of Land Tour Trumpet
2006 Party At The End Of The World Tour Trumpet
2007 Bama Breeze Tour Trumpet
2008 The Year of Still Here Tour Trumpet
2009 Summerzcool Tour Trumpet
Special Appearances
Date Show Info Credit Notes

Solo and Other Albums

Year Album Title