John Surman
Name: John Surman
Occupation: Saxophonist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: August 30, 1944
Age: 76
Country: England
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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John Surman

John Surman was born on August 30, 1944 in England (76 years old). John Surman is a Saxophonist, zodiac sign: Virgo. Nationality: England. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed.

Brief Info

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

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Before Fame

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


Biography Timeline


Surman was born in Tavistock, Devon. He initially gained recognition playing baritone saxophone in the Mike Westbrook Band in the mid-1960s, and was soon heard regularly playing soprano saxophone and bass clarinet as well. His first playing issued on a record was with the Peter Lemer Quintet in 1966. After further recordings and performances with jazz bandleaders Mike Westbrook and Graham Collier and blues-rock musician Alexis Korner, he made the first record under his own name in 1968.


In 1969 he founded the well-regarded and influential group The Trio along with two expatriate American musicians, bassist Barre Phillips and drummer Stu Martin. In the mid-1970s he founded one of the earliest all-saxophone jazz groups, S.O.S., along with alto saxophonist Mike Osborne and tenor saxophonist Alan Skidmore. During this early period he also recorded with (among others) saxophonist Ronnie Scott, guitarist John McLaughlin, bandleader Michael Gibbs, trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, and pianist Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath.


By 1972 he had begun experimenting with synthesizers. That year he recorded Westering Home, the first of several solo projects on which he played all parts himself via overdubbing. He recorded his final album with Mike Westbrook, Citadel/Room 315 in 1975.

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Currently, John Surman is 78 years, 0 months and 29 days old. John Surman will celebrate 79th birthday on a Wednesday 30th of August 2023.

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