John Lumpkin II is a producer, arranger, and artist within the jazz and gospel industry. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida under the direction of Danny Gottlieb, and Master's Degree from Florida State University under the leadership of Leon Anderson. John grew up in the Pentecostal church and still plans to exercise his gifts there as well as other national venues. However, he says "The church is the root of my zeal for music and forever shall be".
While carrying his talents between Japan and Switzerland, he has also been a part of Jazz at Lincoln Centers Artist in Residency Program. In 2017, Wynton Marsalis combined with the Dr. Phillips Fine Arts Center in Orlando, FL to create the Dr. Phillips Jazz Orchestra, of which which John was a part.
Along with his passion for the church, he is also a part of Beyond Music. Beyond Music is a platform in which artists from around the world can create music. The co-founder, Tina Turner, is a part of the Ambassadors for this movement, and the artistic director is multiple Grammy-winning record producer, musician, and composer Larry Klein.
Throughout his career, John has shared the stage with greats such as Rodney Whitaker, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliff Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Arturo Sandoval, Curtis Fuller, Marcus Printup, Houston Person, Rufus Reid, Ben Tucker, James Moody, Nathan Davis, and David Baker. From serving on staff at the University of North Florida and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, he is also the founder of the Jazz Discovery Series, Jonah Sofa Jazz Sessions, and The Covenant that extends to the community based in Jacksonville, FL. His level of expectancy drives him to see many other things emerging from his gift of music to the world.