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John Tank is a jazz tenor saxophonist based in New York City since 1974. Besides performing in the New York area, he has toured internationally including Canada, England, Holland, France, Switzerland, Spain and Germany. John played with the great Charles Mingus on the recordings "Me, Myself And Eye" and "Something Like A Bird" as well as a side member in groups led by Sam Rivers, Paul Jeffery, George Coleman, Joe Morello, John Blair, Jack Walrath, Calvin Hill, among others. Some of his stylistic influences are Paul Desmond, Lester Young, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon and Zoot Sims. John Tank has developed an individual approach, evolving out of a traditional Modern Jazz style that is often synonymous with the sound of New York Jazz. His playing has been described as "creative with smooth yet strong rhythmic, harmonic and melodic ideas."
John Tank has performed live broadcast for the BBC Radio, the French National Radio and Dutch television in the Netherlands. Another of his engagements included the "Jazz Beat" show on CBC Radio, Canada, during the Spring of 2000. Although many artists try to figure out what it is their audience might like to hear, John believes that creative artists should include some of their own creations when performing. He strives to create an ideal balance between standards and original repertoire along with rearranged standards and compositions by fellow artists. Another of John's goals is to search out and perform music that may be familiar to many Jazz musicians but may be unfamiliar to most Jazz fans.