Welcome! Thanks for stopping by…
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!

I can solve your musical needs…


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


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


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

Up Coming Events


John Damberg Jazz piano Fridays
5:30-7:30 p.m. weekly 
Organic Oasis 
2610 Spenard Rd., Anchorage, AK 99503
Free Admission

June 5-5:15-6:30 p.m.-Spenard Jazz Fest 21
Anchorage Museum Lawn
JD Latin Jazz Quintet Concert
Free Admission

June 25-4-5 p.m. Anchorage Reads Closing Celebration
JD Latin Jazz Quintet Concert 
Loussac Library Fountain Stage outdoors
Free Admission

 July 3-4 p.m.-Muldoon Community Assembly 4th of July party
JD Latin Jazz Quintet Concert
7041 Debarr Rd, Anchorage, AK 99504
Free Admission

 July 10-10:30-12:00 p.m.-Palmer, AK  Midsummer Garden & Art Fair
JD Latin Jazz Quintet
Palmer Library Performance Stage
Free Admission

 July 17-12 noon-2 p.m.-Anchorage Zoo Outdoor Concert
JD Latin Jazz Quintet
4731 O’Malley Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507 
Standard Zoo admission fee from $10-$17

July 17-7-9 p.m.-Alaska New Jazz Quintet
New Jazz Compositions Concert 
Featuring world premiers new songs by John Damberg, Rick Zelinsky, and Mark Manners.
House Party at Shawna Thoma and Michael Powell’s House
Buy tickets at Event Brite Tickets
Link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-of-new-jazz-by-rick-zelinsky-john-damberg-mark-manners-tickets-154642837891?ref=eios

July 21-6-8 p.m.-Jazz Pizza night at the Flying Squirrel Bakery
John Damberg & Mark Manners Duo
26205 Talkeetna Spur, Mile 11, Talkeetna, AK 99676

July 23-4:30-6 p.m.-Palmer Friday Fling
JD Latin Jazz Quintet
Palmer City Center Stage
Free Admission

July 28-6-8 p.m.-Jazz pizza night at the Flying Squirrel Bakery
John Damberg and Karrie Pavish
26205 Talkeetna Spur, Mile 11, Talkeetna, AK 99676

July 30-5-7 p.m. Live at 5 in Talkeetna, Alaska
JD Latin Jazz Quintet
Talkeetna, AK City Park 
Free Admission

August 2-7-AK Jazz Workshop Jazz Camp
Featuring Jazz Improvisation classes and performances
Music students from grade 7-adults
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. M-F
Anchorage Lutheran Church
1420 N St, Anchorage, AK 99501
info at www.akjazzworkshop.org

August 6-7- 9 p.m. AK Jazz Workshop Faculty Jazz Ensemble Concert
Anchorage Lutheran Church
1420 N St, Anchorage, AK 99501
Admission: $15 Adults, $10 Students 
Advance tickets available at eventbrite.com. Here’s the link  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alaska-jazz-workshop-faculty-jazz-quintet-concert-tickets-162779135777?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb
Tickets also available at door on concert day. Attendees must be vaccinated for the Covid-19 virus and show proof of vaccination 

August 7-7-9 p.m.-AK Jazz Workshop
Student Jazz Ensembles Concert

Anchorage Lutheran Church
1420 N St, Anchorage, AK 99501
Admission: $5 general admission 
Tickets available at door on concert day

August 11-6-8 p.m.-Jazz Pizza night at the Flying Squirrel Bakery
The Fish on Trio with John Damberg, Ray Ash, and Bob Andrews
26205 Talkeetna Spur, Mile 11, Talkeetna, AK 99676

September 3-7:30-9:30 p.m.-AK State Fair-Colony Stage
JD Latin Jazz Quintet Concert
Admission: general State Fair admission applies 

September 4-5:30-7:30 p.m.-Townsquare-Anchorage, AK
AK Jazz Workshop Faculty Jazz Quintet
This is a family friendly event! 
Admission: Free 

October 11-4:30-6 p.m.-Anchorage Lutheran Church Concert
JD Latin Jazz Quintet Fall New Works Concert
Admission-$15 suggested donation and donations gladly accepted


Current projects
I am writing and recording new songs for my next CD that I will  release in September 2021.

Take care, stay healthy, and safe!

Group photo of a John Damberg band

Performing Groups

Solo to full band…every occasion!

Photo of John Damberg teaching a group of students


Lessons, Classes, Workshops…

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


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

Dear Mr Damberg,

I feel like I have improved more than ever this year. New skills left and right. Thank you for helping me to become the best player that I can be for the past 3 years. I look forward to continuing and learning so much more.

Kieran McKee

Piano Student