John Douglas Surman is an English saxophonist, clarinet and jazz synthesizer, and a composer of free modal jazz and jazz, often using themes from folk music. He has composed and performed music for dance performances and soundtracks.
|Birth name||John Douglas Surman|
|Born||August 30, 1944, Tavistock, Devon, England|
|Genres||Jazz avant-garde, free jazz, modal jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger|
|Instruments||Baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, synthesizer|
|Labels||Deram, Dawn, ECM|
|Associated acts||John McLaughlin, Barre Phillips, Stu Martin, John Warren, John Potter|
Founder of The Trio and S.O.S., one of the earliest all-saxophone jazz groups. He also founded a quartet with John Taylor, among other jazz greats.
He began his musical career by playing the baritone saxophone for the Mike Westbrook Band in the mid-1960s.
He dabbled in overdubbing and synthesized music, creating the album Westering Home in 1972 without any other musicians.
He was born in Tavistock, Devon in England.
He has collaborated with Gil Evans.
Jazz-blues saxophonist. Artists from Dawn Records. Moers Music Artists. Baritone Jazz saxophonist. British jazz soprano saxophonist. Bass player for bass. British jazz saxophonist. Musicians of Devon. British jazz musician. ECM Records artists. Winner of the Spellemann Prize. Island Records Artists