Hi, Welcome to my website. I'm glad you are here. This is the NEW website of John Temmerman, www.JazzmanJohn.com and www.jazzobsession.com

I teach all sizes of saxophones and clarinet and perform throughout the Chicagoland area.

Please navigate through the menu above to get more information about lessons, my recordings, my performances and resources to help you and/or your children to play better.

Please check back periodically as I update the pages.

For more information, email me at JohnTemmerman@gmail.com  
or call me at 847 322-6768

May 2020: as a result of the pandemic, I am doing video lessons only - and I use platforms Skype, Face Time, Google Meet and Zoom.

 The Chicago Tribune did a profile on their local pages, which can be found here:

John Temmerman, player and teacher

September 2017: VoyageChicago profiled me as one of Chicago's Most Inspiring Stories

John Temmerman Player and Teacher Profile - Chicago's Inspiring Stories

I'm John Temmerman. I perform mostly jazz, funk and fusion on the tenor and soprano saxes, but I also play alto and baritone saxes and all the clarinets.

I started clarinet in middle school and then took up the alto saxophone in high school. While pursuing a business career including an advanced degree, I took my alto to the Saxophone Shop in Evanston to get it appraised. It turned out to be worth 5 times what I paid for it. I figured that I either needed to sell it or play it and made the right choice. I joined the jazz band at Oakton Community College, took up the tenor sax  and was cited during a festival as a top player by Mark Colby. I took lessons with him for 5 years, while I continued my business career. I started playing and teaching professionally in the mid-90s, and issued well reviewed CDs in 2001 and 2008. I retired from the day job in 2010 to care for my disabled wife but continue to perform and teach actively.

Right now, I'm performing occasional but meaningful gigs both as a leader and band member, trying to help my many students to play better and enjoy music more and continuing to refine my musical skills. I care for my disabled wife during the day and teach out of my home studio in Skokie during evenings and weekends.


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