John Klemmer

Genres: Jazz
Tags: jazz fusion saxophone smooth jazz funk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 July 1946, Chicago, Illinois, USA. After trying guitar and alto saxophone in early childhood, Klemmer settled on tenor saxophone in his early teens. He studied extensively, playing in school and other youth bands, then played professionally with several name dancebands of the early 60s, including those led by Les Elgart and Ralph Marterie. In the late 60s he made his first records and worked with musicians from the jazz and rock fields, including Eddie Harris, Harvey Mandel, Jim Guercio, and Tim Buckley. He then joined Don Ellis’ formidable big band as a soloist and arranger. During these years Klemmer also played in small groups led by Oliver Nelson and Alice Coltrane. During this time he led his own groups, making jazz and jazz fusion records, primarily for the Cadet Records label. He experimented with electronics and fusion and some of his 1969 recordings slightly pre-date Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew. Klemmer used electronic enhancements, notably the...

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