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John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet

John Damberg is a master vibist, marimbist, percussionist, composer and educator who has enjoyed a successful career in music spanning 43 years. John currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska where he is the leader of the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet, co-leader of JoMaLa, the Instructor of Percussion at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Executive Director of the Alaska Jazz Workshop (AJW), and the past President & Vice-President of the Percussive Arts Society Alaska Chapter. John is an active performer on the Alaska and Pacific Northwest music scenes and he is an ardent promoter of jazz & percussion education.

He holds a BM degree in percussion performance from Wayne State University, a MM in Jazz Studies and Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, and a BM in Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

As a percussionist, John has performed in a wide variety of musical settings nationally and internationally including: original Latin and jazz ensembles, recording studio dates for Motown Records, with the Detroit, Seattle and Anchorage Symphony Orchestras and Broadway touring shows. John has performed with internationally acclaimed jazz artists including: Milt Jackson, Rebeca Mauleon, Cedar Walton, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Davis, Bobby Shew, Denis Diblasio, Allison Miller, Oscar Stagnaro, Mimi Fox, Steve Erquiaga, Carl Saunders, & Robert Michaels and with nationally renowned entertainers including: Harry Connick Jr., Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, the Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Sammy Davis Jr., Joel Gray, Liberace, and Bob Hope. He has performed in many Broadway touring shows including: “A Chorus Line”, “The Wiz”, “The King and I”, and “A Man of La Mancha”.

As a composer, John writes music for the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet, JoMaLa, and for other creative projects including: movie sound tracks, travel videos and children’s educational videos. He is currently working on new compositions for his new CD to be released in Fall of 2012. John’s compositions have been featured on the 2005 release of Azure-JoMaLa Jazz , the 1998 release of Angie’s Samba by the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet, the 1993 release of Human Hands: a Composers and Improvisors Ensemble, on his 1985 release of Soaring and on numerous videos including Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage and the award winning children’s video Monty the Moose.

John Damberg Creative Music/Cravin’ Records
1600 Wolverine St, Anchorage, Ak 99504
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