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John Purcell

John Purcell is a Bird disciple of no great import, but his grassroots jazz venue, the POSTunderground, 386 Washington Street, Brookline, Massachusetts, is really worth a visit. For summer 2021, we are UPstairs where fresh air is abundant and everyone has room to breathe. It's the safest jazz venue on Earth! Visit postunderground.com for more info.


Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto



Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


John Purcell recently retired from Brookline Music School after thirty-eight years. He now teaches at the POSTunderground Online Jazz Institute, which offers a number of jazz theory classes, as well as a film scoring class. All POJI classes are just $25 per hour, with NO registration fees, and tuition assistance is available. He also wrote fifty- two essays about Charlie Parker during Bird's centennial year (2020). Visit postunderground.com for more information.

Louis Armstrong
trumpet and vocals
Albert Ayler
saxophone, tenor
Ornette Coleman
saxophone, alto
John Coltrane
Eric Dolphy
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Lester Young
Chip Shelton
saxophone, sopranino


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