John O'Gallagher




United States

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John is a master saxophonist & the author of the book “12-Tone Improvisation.”

A novel approach to jazz improvisation with twelve tones.
His new method combines jazz harmonies and twelve-note melodies into an exciting new tonal language.

Jerry Bergonzi: “A fascinating topic that needs a way to work it. This book is thorough, accessible & inspiring.”

One of the most compelling alto saxophonists and composers at work today on the New York jazz scene,
he is known for an innovative style which pushes the boundaries of jazz while rooted in its tradition.

John has worked with the likes of Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, Tony Malaby, Mike Formanek & Ben Monder.

BEN MONDER: “This book is by far the best on the relatively abstruse subject of 12-tone improvisation that I have come across.
It is thorough and methodical yet accessible, and the applications of such an approach are always made apparent.

Also, John is one of my absolute favorite improvisers, so if this book unlocks some of the secrets of what he is doing it is well worth studying.”

GEORGE GARZONE: “An extensive look at chromaticism and tone rows, helping to shape melodic ideas into an extensive improvisational approach.”


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