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John Surman

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
Years active 1960s–present
Labels Deram, Dawn, ECM
Associated acts John McLaughlin, Barre Phillips, Stu Martin, John Warren, John Potter

About John Surman

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.

John Surman before fame

He began his musical career by playing the baritone saxophone for the Mike Westbrook Band in the mid-1960s.

Achievement of John Surman

He dabbled in overdubbing and synthesized music, creating the album Westering Home in 1972 without any other musicians.

John Surman family life

He was born in Tavistock, Devon in England.

Associations of John Surman

He has collaborated with Gil Evans.

Top Facts You Did Not Know About John Surman

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

Latest information about John Surman updated on July 31 2021.