John Harden Music (Formerly John Harden Project (JHP)) - New Web Site In Progress
John Harden is an adventurous open minded saxophonist and songwriter who always strives and pushes himself as an artist. Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, John recently relocated to Miami, Florida. His music and sound encompasses many genres but the strongest influences are jazz, gospel and jam band. If you looked at his music collection you’d see that it stretches from Joshua Redman to Derek Trucks; from George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic to the Dave Matthews Band. John’s early influences were Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Grover Washington, Jr., and Stevie Wonder.
“My only goal is to create powerful music that will touch people’s souls”.
John has spent years mastering his craft; that coupled with his many experiences has shaped and molded who he is. He started performing professionally at age 15. He obtained a B.A. in jazz studies from the University of Louisville’s Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies program in 2006. While at U of L he was able to study with the likes of Delfeayo Marsalis, Eric Alexander, Tim Armacost and Bobby Floyd just to name a few.
After college John began playing the piano in church which led to him developing a passion for the instrument. Within 3 years he was performing professionally on both the saxophone and keyboard. “Learning to play the piano greatly improved my understanding of harmony and is a major asset to my songwriting.”