ohn Klemmer is an American saxophonist known for his unique and innovative playing style. Born on July 3, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, Klemmer began playing the saxophone at a young age and quickly developed a reputation as a talented and versatile musician.
In the 1960s, Klemmer moved to California, where he began collaborating with a number of other jazz musicians and recording several albums as a bandleader. He quickly gained a reputation as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking saxophonists in the business.
Throughout his career, Klemmer has recorded numerous albums and collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Steely Dan and Frank Zappa. He is perhaps best known for his album “Touch,” which was released in 1975 and became a commercial and critical success.
Klemmer’s playing style is characterized by its versatility and its ability to incorporate elements from a wide range of musical genres. He is known for his use of electronic effects and his incorporation of elements from world music, creating a sound that is both complex and accessible.
In addition to his work as a performer and recording artist, Klemmer has also worked as an educator, teaching at a number of universities and music schools throughout his career.
Klemmer’s contributions to music have been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including induction into the International Jazz Hall of Fame. He continues to perform and record new music, and his innovative and unique playing style has influenced countless other musicians in the jazz and fusion genres.
Today, Klemmer is remembered as one of the greatest saxophonists in modern jazz history, and his legacy as a performer, recording artist, and educator continues to inspire and influence new generations of musicians.
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