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John Temmerman

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. There is no evidence, however, of the stereotypical mindset of a “number cruncher” in his endeavors, but the balance of a methodical approach with the emotionalism inherent in any of the great players who inspire him

Live in Evanston: John's Mixed Bag

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009
Track listing: Plan B Downsized; Sister Sadie; Blue Moon; Spooky; An Aging Dream; Sooner of Later; Fundamental Dreamer; Norwegian Wood; Freedom Jazz Dance; Stolen Moments; Just a Closer Walk with Thee.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The John Temmerman Quartet: Live in Evanston: John's Mixed Bag

Read "Live in Evanston: John's Mixed Bag" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Let's hear it for the mainstream, grassroots jazz with a day job! Current Skokie, Illinois native John Temmerman was who Tip O'Neill might have been thinking of when he opined that “all politics [and everything else] is local." The saxophonist's live recording, Live in Evanston: John's Mixed Bag, is an affair local to his Skokie home. ...

The Power of Two

Label: JFT2
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. All Blues 2. Costa Del Sol 3. The Power Of Two 4. Slam Time 5. Whispering Pines 6. Nice And Easy 7. T.C.B. in E 8. Plan B 9. Slick Color 10. When The Lights Go Out 11. Secondary Ignorance 12. Come To The Table

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Temmerman's Jazz Obsession Quartet: The Power of Two

Read "The Power of Two" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Chicago's been keeping a secret from the rest of the jazz world in the name of John Temmerman. The secret has been exposed on his latest recording, The Power of Two, for what it really is - top notch and immensely entertaining jazz. Featuring a group that can jam with pure funk, swing with the best, ...


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