John Wojciechowski Group
Chicago Jazz Orchestra
Dana Hall's SPRING
St. Charles North High School
Artist's BiographySaxophonist John Wojciechowski, of whom the Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich wrote: "technically accomplished, musically profound and harmonically daring" is originally from Detroit and currently lives and performs in the Chicago area. In addition to leading his own groups, some of the groups he has performed or recorded with include The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony Orchesta, Clark Terry, Toshiko
Akiyoshi, Charlie Haden, Kurt Elling, and Kenny Burrell. John was also a ﬁnalist in the 1996 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
He studied at Western Michigan University, Wayne State University and the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include George F. Benson, Trent Kynaston, Ralph Lalama and Donald
Sinta on saxophone and Jim Hartway in Composition.
In Chicago, John regularly performs with some of Chicago's leading jazz musicians, including The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Dana Hall, Joel Spencer, Tom Garling, Rob Parton, Steve Million, Laurence Hobgood, Kurt Elling, Dennis Carroll, Tito Carrillo, Dan Trudell, Kelly Sill and many others.
Besides being an active performer, John (a National Board Certiﬁed Teacher), is also a jazz educator noted for his versatility, creativity and enthusiasm. He has taught at the public school as well as university levels and has extensive experience as a guest artist/clinician in a variety of educational settings. He is currently on the music faculty at St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, Illinois where he teaches Jazz Bands and Music Theory. His groups have performed at the IAJE Conference, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the Illinois All-State Music Educator's Conference. In addition to his public school teaching, he has also taught at Northern Illinois University as well as Northwestern University.