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j o h n n a m
Nam was born on June 8, 1979 in Seoul, Korea. He moved to Roslyn,
New York in December 1993, not knowing where his life was headed. When
John first came to the United States he struggled with the language
barrier and culture shock. But he overcame these difficulties through
serious study of piano and love of music. In May 2002 John received
his undergraduate degree in music from Cornell University in Ithaca,
New York and in May 2004 he earned his Master's degree in Jazz Improvisation
from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. For the past few years
John has studied with several gifted jazz pianists such as Ellen Rowe,
Tad Weed, Molly MacMillan and Garry Dial. Since he moved to Ann Arbor
in the summer of 2002, John has had the privilege of performing with
some of Michigan's finest jazz bands including the Paul Keller Orchestra,
the Diego Rivera Quartet, the Jeremy Kittel Quartet, Urban Transport,
Tumbao and Vincent York's Young
John Nam - Piano
Andrew Kratzat - Bass (Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9)
Chad Hochberg - Drums (Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9)
Jeremy Kittel - Violin (Tracks 1, 5, 7)
Rivera - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Andrew Klein - Bass (Tracks 2, 4, 8, 10)
Lawrence Leathers - Drums (Tracks 2, 4, 8, 10)
Energy and Angular Momentum
Energy and Angular Momentum is the title track of the CD. I wanted to write an energetic theme with interesting and angular intervals. The beginning section alternates between 4/4 meter and 3/4 meter.
Kong Neptune is a lively swinger by the legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon.
A Retrograde Journey goes back to my undergraduate
days at Cornell University. I wrote this tune while studying 20th century
classical theory that involved altering melodies in obscure ways. The
original main theme is inverted at the
The Good Life is one of my favorite standard
ballads by jazz singer and composer Sacha Distel.
D Minor Mint is a composition by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. This a high energy modern swinger that we had fun with.
10:04 A.M. is a modal tune written in 10/4
meter for a class project at the University of Michigan. It always takes
me a long time to write a new tune. I pulled an all-nighter
when I composed this tune and I finished around 10 a.m. Whats
Space is a ballad that turns into a groove. It features violin and bass solos. This tune is sparsely composed as I wanted to have some space in my music.
Anticipation is a tune by Diego Rivera that I used to play a lot with Diego, Andrew Klein and Lawrence Leathers at Harpers, a club in East Lansing, Michigan.
For Andrew is a tune is dedicated to the bassist that I play the most with: Andrew Kratzat. This tune has some harmonic qualities that Andrew likes.
Tetragon is composed by the great saxophonist Joe Hederson. This is a unusual sounding tune that turns into a straight-ahead, swinging blues.
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