Label: Chess - BLPS 19028,Bellaphon - BLPS 19028 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: Germany • Genre: Jazz • Style: Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Rock
John Klemmer born July 3, is an American saxophonistcomposer, songwriter, and arranger. He was born in ChicagoIllinois[ citation needed ] and began playing guitar at the age of 5 and alto saxophone at the age of His other early interests included John Klemmer - Eruptions and visual art, writing, dance, puppetry, painting, sculpting, and poetry.
He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and began touring with various local midwest "ghost big bands" Les ElgartWoody Herman Bad Sensation 1 Suspense - Van Otterdyke* - Specials well as playing with small local jazz and rock groups.
After switching to tenor saxophone in high school, Klemmer participated in the Chicago jazz scene, playing with commercial small groups and big bands while leading his own groups and touring.
Klemmer had extensive studies in music, taking private lessons as a youth and in college in pianoconductingharmonytheory, composition, arrangingclarinetflute John Klemmer - Eruptions classical and jazz saxophone. He studied saxophone and jazz improvisation with noted Chicago saxophonist and teacher Joe Daley.
He attended the prestigious Interlochen's National Music Camp. Klemmer led his own groups touring the U. He was also a busy sideman, exploring every genre of music. He studied film scoring with Albert Harris and vocal lessons with Seth Riggs. Continuing always through the events described, Klemmer continuously lead his own small groups touring across the U. He primarily focused on his jazz rock fusion styles returning briefly to more traditional jazz and then switching to a more "intense" so-called "Coltraneish" approach upon leaving Chess Records and signing with and recording five albums for Impulse!
Klemmer has composed all songs for many of his albums, amassing a large and valuable publishing catalog, but he has also collaborated and co-written musically and as lyricist with many pop songwriterssuch as David Batteauwith the UK hit "Walk In Love", recorded John Klemmer - Eruptions The Manhattan TransferDanny O'KeefeClint HolmesPamela Olandand many Ein Adler Braucht Die Einsamkeit - Martin Mann - Ein Adler Braucht Die Einsamkeit. Klemmer then went on to earn massive crossover appeal with his now landmark series of the classic "Touch" recordings.
Klemmer and the "Touch" series of recordings are regarded by many as paving the way and being "the founder" of the current "Smooth Jazz" genre some anointing him "The Ambassador of Cool". His continuous fast changing of musical directions throughout his career created some controversy, confusion and false speculative motivational assumptions and judgements from his primarily earlier jazz purist audience, primarily, with the now historic "Touch" series of recordings.
He expanded his musical palette to include, kalimba, flutes, keyboards, percussion and solo vocal. At this time he further developed his innovative Solo Sax Concept resulting in the now landmark recording of Cry ushering in, thought by many, the "New Age Music Spiritual" genre, with some now calling him the "Sax God".
Following another of his sabbaticals he then, upon personal urging of legendary pop and rock music mogul Joe Smithmoved to Elektra Recordsrecording five albums.
Klemmer then took his longest and Move A Mile - Amelia Curran - Watershed (File, Album) controversial sabbatical, causing a number John Klemmer - Eruptions numerous false rumors of personal High Noon - Excepter - Streams 2 Vol. 1 health problems as he continued writing, recording and working with the massive new digital technologies plus returning to vocal studies with noted Macy Gray and Brandi vocal teacher, Roger Burnley.
He then returned to recording as guest soloist with such New Age artists as 3rd ForceDavid Arkenstoneand Craig Chaquico while also returning to his performing, touring and recording career. Klemmer's music has been sampled by a large number of hip-hoprap and DJ artists primarily focused on his early Chess record recordings. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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