Born: November 9, 1973 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Saxophonist John Wojciechowski, of whom the Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich wrote: “…technically accomplished, musically profound and harmonically daring” is originally from Detroit and has spent most of the last decade performing and teaching in Chicago. In addition to leading his own groups, some of the groups he has performed or recorded with include The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony Orchesta, Clark Terry, Jeff Campbell, John Hollenbeck, Charlie Haden, and Kurt Elling. John was also a finalist in the 1996 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
In Chicago, John regularly performs with some of Chicago’s leading jazz musicians, including The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Dana Hall, Joel Spencer, Tom Garling, Rob Parton, Steve Million, Laurence Hobgood, Kurt Elling, Dennis Carroll, Tito Carrillo, Dan Trudell, Kelly Sill and many others.
After performing on dozens of recordings as a sideman in the past 15 years, John released his first recording as a leader in the fall of 2009. Entitled “Lexicon,” it features 9 of his original compositions as well as inspired playing by Dana Hall on drums, Dave Miller on guitar, Ron Perrillo on piano and Dennis Carroll on bass.
Besides being an active performer, John (a National Board Certified Teacher), is also a jazz educator noted for his versatility, creativity and enthusiasm. He has taught at the public school as well as university levels and has appeared all over the country as a guest artist and clinician. He is currently on the music faculty at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinois where he teaches Jazz Bands and Music Theory. His student groups have performed at the IAJE Conference, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the Illinois All-State Music Educator’s Conference. In addition to his public school teaching, he has also taught at Northern Illinois University as well as Northwestern University.