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Take Five With John Tatum

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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
Shelly Berg
Shelly Berg

piano
. It works!



Instrument(s):

Trumpet, flueglehorn, guitar, drums.

Teachers and/or influences?

Vaughn and JQ. I love Chris Botti
Chris Botti
Chris Botti
b.1962
trumpet
's sweet tone and overall control. Arturo Sandoval
Arturo Sandoval
Arturo Sandoval
b.1949
trumpet
, Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
,Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
Clifford Brown
1930 - 1956
trumpet
and Tom Browne
Tom Browne
Tom Browne
b.1954
trumpet
of Jamaican funk fame. Main inspiration: "Feels so Good," by Chuck Mangione
Chuck Mangione
Chuck Mangione
b.1940
flugelhorn
.

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.

Your dream band:

Bob James
Bob James
Bob James
b.1939
piano
on piano; Harvey Mason
Harvey Mason
Harvey Mason
b.1947
drums
on drums, and basically Fourplay
Fourplay
Fourplay

band/orchestra
; ha!

Favorite venue:

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 really—or something by Les McCann
Les McCann
Les McCann
b.1935
piano
.

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.

By Day:

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.

Photo Credit

Courtesy of John Tatum

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