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John Klemmer

Born: July 3, 1946    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

John Klemmer

John Klemmer began playing guitar at age 5. After interests in graphics and visual art & writing with ambitions of being dancer, puppeteer, painter, sculptor, writer, & poet, at schools that include The Chicago Institute of Art, he began alto sax at age 11 switching to tenor sax by high school. In addition to extensive private lessons in piano, conducting, harmony, theory, composition, arranging, clarinet, flute & classical & jazz saxophone, that continued up through college, he also attended Interlochen's National Music Camp with the highest of accolades.

Upon graduating from High School, Klemmer, at an incredibly early age, signed with legendary Cadet/Chess Records in 1967, recording five plus albums, including his innovative hit album of the first of the jazz/rock fusion genre, “BLOWIN GOLD”. Being a Chess Records Recording Artist availed him access to recording sessions & exposure to such artists & friends, Muddy Waters, Donny Hathaway, Phil Upchurch, Pete Cosey, Richard Evans, Minnie Riperton & Maurice White expanding his knowledge of R&B, Blues & Pop music. During this time he explored electronic saxophone developing his now trademark “delay” sound to create an ethereal, haunting & lovely “chord like” sound. Klemmer led his own groups touring the East Coast and Midwest, using the cream of the now legendary chicago sideman. He did his first PBS special for WTTTV Chicago....
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"THE JOHN KLEMMER RECORDINGS DISCOGRAPHY" 1. Involvement Cadet/Chess 2. And We Were Lovers Cadet/Chess 3. Blowin' Gold Cadet Concept/Chess 4. All the Children Cried Cadet Concept/Chess5.EruptionsCadet Concept/Chess 6. Waterfalls Impulse! 7. Constant Throb Impulse! 8. Magic Moments (Best of) Chess 9. IntensityImpulse! 10. Magic & MovementImpulse! 11. Fresh Feathers GRP/UNIVERSAL 12. Touch GRP/UNIVERSAL 14. Barefoot Ballet GRP/UNIVERSAL 13. Touch (GOLD DISK) MOBILE FIDELITY/GRP/UNIVERSAL 14. LifestyleGRP/UNIVERSAL 15. Arabesque 16. Cry ( Solo Sax I] GRP/UNIVERSAL 17. Brazilia GRP/UNIVERSAL 18. Nexus RCA/ARISTA/BMG 19. Straight From the HeartNautilus/Elektra 20. Mosaic ( Best of Vol. 1) GRP/UNIVERSAL 21. Magnificent Madness Elektra 22. Hush Elektra 23. Finesse Elektra/Nautilus 24. Finesse Elektra/.Musician 24 Life ( Solo Sax II ) Elektra 25. The Saxophone Player [Best of Vol. 2] GRP/UNIVERSAL 26. Blowin' Gold (Best of) GRP/UNIVERSAL 28. Simpatico JVC 29. Mosaic (Best of Vol. I) GRP/UNIVERSAL 30. Making Love (Vol. I) Touch USA 31. Masters of The Saxophone GRP/UNIVERSAL 32. Two tone Crusader/UNIVERSAL 33. Music GRP/UNIVERSAL 36. THE VERY BEST OF JOHN KLEMMER GRP/UNIVERSAL 37. "MAGNIFICENT MADNESS/FINESSE" [2 CD'S IN 1] WOUNDED BIRD/ELEKTRA 38, "RIO" [VOL I& II] TOUCH USA 39. "HI FIVE" ELEKTRA/RHINO 40. "FREE SOUL LIVE VERSION" TOUCH USA

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