John Peña

Versatile bassist opens up about his awesome new solo release

Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
August 28, 2023

Music has been part of John Peña’s life for just about as long as he can remember. He picked up guitar at the age of 6 under the tutelage of his father, John Peña, Sr. At the age of 17, John Jr. had already become an in-demand bassist in Puerto Rico. Over the years, Peña has performed and/or recorded with a long list of music greats that includes Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana, Herb Alpert, Chaka Khan, Jerry Garcia, Chick Corea, Steve Vai, Diana Ross, Larry Carlton, Glenn Hughes, and Nina Simone. He’s also worked extensively in television and the movies, as a performer, composer, and arranger, lending his talents to productions like Rush Hour, Men in Black, Access Hollywood, Friends, and Oprah. His new solo album, Life, Legacy & Music, Pt. 1, was released on August 8. 

Watch our interview with John!

See Jon’s blog, with key takeaways from this interview here.

John’s new release, Life, Legacy & Music Pt. 1, is available here.


Life, Legacy & Music Pt. 1




Comments on John Peña

  1. Stephen S Baxter says:

    John Pena’s work with Tania Maria is some of the hottest bass work I’ve ever heard. The live album Wild! is one of the best latin jazz albums ever,and his bass playing is nothing short of phenomenal

    1. Jon Liebman says:

      Yeah, John’s great! Thanks, Stephen.

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