Born: April 25, 1955 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
The Johnny Griffin classic “Chicago Calling” can also be considered a reference to the suburbs of the Windy City. Skokie, IL native, John Temmerman, influences include tenor titans like Chicago’s Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and mutlti-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. His third recording Live in Evanston -- John’s Mixed Bag captures his band in live quartet and quintet performances from 2007 and 2008.
Temmerman, who pursues his music career on his terms, has a “day gig” as Controller for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This is not as uncommon as many jazz musicians are also degreed professionals, for example Pete “LaRocca” Sims, Eddie Henderson, and Von Freeman....
...Temmerman is good at what he does, and The Power of Two [2001 CD] is an enjoyable demonstration of his versatility. ...All Music Guide
......John's talent on saxophone is filled with harmonic depth and incredible range, reminiscent of the imminent Dexter Gordon. His solos are rich and soulful. He penned half of the songs and the arrangements are all stellar. It would be a real treat to see this band perform live. Native Chicago music fans will no longer be a able to keep this little known secret from spreading. It deserves to be exposed. This is feel good music that grooves and will make you smile. Highly recommended. (about the 2001 CD)
...All About Jazz.com Mark Turner, All About Jazz.com
Willing to teach:
I teach M-Th and Sunday evenings and Saturday morning and afternoon out of my (Skokie, IL) home studio. I teach all saxophones and clarinets. Current rates are $26 per half hour. I am a recommended instructor for several local school districts and music stores.