A Woody Herman alumnus, John has a strong place in his heart for the power and energy that is part of being a big band, while his passion for improvising draws him to the intimacy and interplay of the small group.
As a student of Dennis Sandole, composition and the development of a personal soloist identity were and remain the driving force in Vanore’s writing and playing. “Curosity is more than an album title”, Vanore says. “It is my credo!” With that focus it was decided to write for and create a “new” group, based on the concept of the intimacy of a small group with the fire power of a big band, and call this special group, Abstract Truth.
While attending a summer program, directed by Oliver Nelson, John experienced the pivotal moment of his career—making the decision to pursue music