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I love to perform, teach & compose…

John Damberg is…

Alaska’s Jazz & Latin Jazz driving force on the vibes, marimba, steel drum, and drum set. When you encounter John’s positive,  high energy live performances, his unique approach to teaching, and composing, you will enjoy a one of a kind  exhilarating and enlightening experience!

Angie's Samba

by John Damberg | Angie's Samba

I can solve your musical needs…

Performance

Do you want live music for your next event? I customize bands for all occasions…

Teaching

Want to learn drums, percussion, piano or improvise? Come join the fun & let me show you how…

Composing

Do you need a unique sound score created for your next project and/or want to collaborate?

Events

July 4
John Damberg Jazz Quartet Concert
3:00-4 p.m. on the Flag Stage
Muldoon Community Assembly 4th of July Freedom Celebration
7041 DeBarr Rd., Anchorage, AK 99504
Free admission
Info at http://www.mcaonline.org

July 10
John Damberg Jazz Quartet
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Anchorage Museum-Tuesday Lunch on the Lawn Concert
625 C. St., Anchorage, AK 99501
Free Admission
Info at https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/visit/calendar

July 18
John Damberg & Bob Andrews Jazz Duo
6-8 p.m. Flying Squirrel Bakery/Café
Mile 11 of Talkeeta Spur Hwy, Talkeetna, AK 99676
More info at https://www.flyingsquirrelcafe.com and (907) 733-6887

August 1
John Damberg & Bob Andrews Jazz Duo
6-8 p.m. Flying Squirrel Bakery/Café
Mile 11 of Talkeeta Spur Hwy, Talkeetna, AK 99676
More info at https://www.flyingsquirrelcafe.com and (907) 733-6887

August 4
AJW 2018 Jazz Camp Faculty Jazz Quintet-Tour
7:30-9:30 p.m. Cordova North Star Theater, 602 1st St., Cordova, AK 99574
Description:
Featuring Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Amina Figarova & flautist Bart Platteau with AK Jazz Masters John Damberg-vibes & percussion, Bob Andrews-bass, and Cameron Cartland-drum set. The quintet will present a concert of original music by Amina Figarova and John Damberg crossing the genres of Jazz, Latin Jazz, Funk and World Beat.
Info at www.cdvarts.org

August 10
AJW 2018 Jazz Camp Faculty Jazz Ensemble Concert
7:30-9:30 p.m. UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall
3641 Alumni Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508
Description:
Featuring Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Amina Figarova & flautist Bart Platteau with AK Jazz Masters John Damberg-vibes & percussion, Rick Zelinsky-saxophones, Mark Manners-guitar, George Pierce-trumpet, Bob Andrews-bass, and Cameron Cartland-drum set.
Purchase tickets at www.brownbagconcerts.com
Type in AJW in the search bar and the concert will come up.
More info at www.akjazzworkshop.org

August 12
AJW 2018 Jazz Camp Faculty Jazz Quintet-Tour
7:30-9:30 p.m. Sheldon Hanger Community Arts Center-Talkeetna, AK
Description:
Featuring Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Amina Figarova & flautist Bart Platteau with AK Jazz Masters John Damberg-vibes & percussion, Bob Andrews-bass, and Cameron Cartland-drum set.
More info at www.denaliartscouncil.org
Phone-(907) 733-7929
Email at events@denaliartscouncil.org
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August 15
John Damberg & Bob Andrews Jazz Duo
6-8 p.m. Flying Squirrel Bakery/Café
Mile 11 of Talkeeta Spur Hwy, Talkeetna, AK 99676
More info at https://www.flyingsquirrelcafe.com and (907) 733-6887

October 14
John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet
4:30-6:00 p.m. Anchorage Lutheran Church
1420 N. St., Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 272-5323
Admission: free and donations gladly accepted

Group photo of a John Damberg band

Performing Groups

Solo to full band…every occasion!

Photo of John Damberg teaching a group of students

Teaching

Lessons, Classes, Workshops…

Front cover of John Damberg's CD album titled "Angie's Samba"

Composing

Original Music…Creative Soundtracks

John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet Concert and School workshop was an incredible event. All five of the performers spent the entire day at the Valdez High School mentoring the students. The evening performance was wonderful. After a full day at the school, this group played from 7pm-10pm, and never lost their energy. They made a grand entrance by playing music as they came marching down the stairs into the theater, which really grabbed the audience attention. They really enjoyed what they did!

Maureen Radotich

President, Valdez Arts Council

Damberg is a fleet, melodic soloist who appreciates the importance of varied phrase and note length, and spacing to swing. An accomplished be-bopper himself, Damberg combines the marimba, vibraphone and steel drum in the many noted harmonic style of Charlie Parker and his descendants with the rhythmic and melodic undergirdings of the Samba

Larry Spellens

Arts Reviewer, Anchorage Daily News

“I was blown away by your amazing lessons.  Thanks for opening a window for her as she really loves all kinds of music and she loves life.”

Rebecca Rogers

Mother Lou Mei Guetsch

Mr. Damberg and your Latin Jazz Quintet,

Thank you for taking the time to perform at Skyview Middle! Your group sounded amazing and your guys were very easy to work with. I appreciate how you incorporated a quick, fun lesson and audience participation into your routine. My kids were very well engaged with learning Latin grooves, music history, and world music. When it came time to hand out instruments for them to play, I was shocked at their enthusiasm. I only wish we had more time to do an extended workshop. We would welcome your group back any time!

Jeff Moore

Music Director, Skyview Middle School, Soldotna, AK