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.
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....The [new] CD definitely offers a mixed bag, with selections ranging from Blue Moon by Rodgers and Hart to Lennon and McCartney's Norwegian Wood, and the traditional spiritual, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, all delivered in Temmerman's mellow jazz style. The recording also includes four original pieces by the musician: Plan B Downsized, An Aging Dream, Sooner or Later and Fundamental Dreamer.
...Pioneer Press, December 2008
...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
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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.
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