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John Kocur

”Alto saxophonist John Kocur isn’t called “The Smoker” for nothing. He’s simply one of the finest soloists the D.C. jazz scene has to offer

Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program 2010 - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Artist in Residence 2008-2009 - Strathmore Performing Arts Center


Keilwerth SX90R Alto Saxophone. Vandoren V16 A7 mouthpiece. Olegature ligature. Vandoren JAVA 3 reeds.

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”...audiences should anticipate a personalized performance from Kocur’s gigs. Kocur smiled, sweated, and joked with the crowd between songs. Kocur and his band played, in more than one sense of the term.” -Chelsea Muth, Fairfax Connection

“Alto saxophonist John Kocur isn’t called “The Smoker” for nothing. He’s simply one of the finest soloists the D.C. jazz scene has to offer

Primary Instrument

Sax, alto


Fairfax, VA


John is available to teach saxophones, clarinet, and flute. Lessons include classical, jazz, and pop styles. Improvisation and Music Theory can also be included. Call for rates and available times. Education Master's of Music: Jazz Studies. Howard University. Bachelor's of Music Education: K-12 Instrumental Music. Minor: Jazz Studies. George Mason University. Student Teaching Internship: McLean High School & Louise Archer Elementary School Private Instruction from Charlie Young III, Dr. Sais Kamalidiin, Dale Underwood, and Jim Carroll. Participated in workshops by Dave Liebman, Jamey Aebersold, Roy Hargrove, and Jeff Hamilton Teaching Experience Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus - Adjunct Faculty. 2008-present. George Mason University – Adjunct Faculty. Spring 2008. Music and Arts Centers - Private Woodwind Instructor. Sept 2007-Present. Music Lesson Central - Private Music Instructor. 2006-Present Private Saxophone Studio - 2003- Present. Beginner-Advanced, Children -Adult. Howard University Graduate Assistant - Private instruction for undergraduates. 2006-’07 Lectures in Jazz Saxophone given at Howard University and the University of Maryland. Substitute Teacher - Fairfax County Public Schools. General Music, High School Band GMU Jazz Connection Camp Instructor, 2007. Woodwind Camp Instructor: Fairfax, VA Summer 2006, 2007, and 2008. Staff Assistant: Sachem High School Marching Band Summer 2005, Farmingville, NY Guest Clinician with Yorktown High School Jazz Band.

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