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! Instrument(s):
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
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. Your dream band:Bob James
on piano; Harvey Mason
on drums, and basically Fourplay
; 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 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.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