Take Five With John Tatum
Meet John Tatum:
Went though tutoring at North Texas State University, with Vaughn Roberts, and had a few lessons with JQ Whitcomb of Shanghai. I'm mostly self-taught and using the goal note theory of Shelly Berg. It works!
Trumpet, flueglehorn, guitar, drums.
Teachers and/or influences?
Vaughn and JQ. I love Chris Botti's sweet tone and overall control. Arturo Sandoval, Miles Davis,Clifford Brown and Tom Browne of Jamaican funk fame. Main inspiration: "Feels so Good," by Chuck Mangione.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
My next door neighbor suggested it.
Your sound and approach to music:
flowing...and filling the transitional spaces...tone quality smooth and sweet and relaxed. I've got to feel the rhythm and be emphatic.
Your teaching approach:
I Would recommend good technique training with Arturo, Arben, Clark and, later, Shelly Berg's goal note theory.
Chapel in Park by West Lake.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
"Wedding Song," by Kenny G; hope to use it at many weddings here in China.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
Feels So Good- -not sure reallyor something by Les McCann.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
I want to be a cultural bridge between west and east.
Did you know...
I once was almost a scratch golfer...about a 4 handicap.
CDs you are listening to now:
Chuck Mangione, Chris Botti, Secret Garden.
Desert Island picks:
Tom Braxton, Bob James Reformation.
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Not so popular...but smooth jazz is still a bit popular with a certain group of people.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Good programs, good venues and clubs; good teachers to promote jazz.
What is in the near future?
Demo CD with Gabrielle and Davide of Shanghai; The Turin Spring tour.
English as a Second Language teacher for the past ten years in China.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
PGA golf teacher.