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John Emerson
Upon entering John Emersonís home in Sun City, one becomes fascinated by the surroundings behind his grand piano...posters of Jazz Legends, Jazz Concerts, and a host of jazz paraphernalia.
In his den, one could browse through 1500 LPís, tapes, and CDís. John loves the big band styles of Buddy Rich and Count Basie, as well as Oscar Peterson, The Four Freshmen, Monty Alexander, Diva, Pete Jolly, and the jazz components of Blood, Sweat, and Tears. He listens to satellite jazz stations whenever he can.
Born in Exeter, NH, he followed his career Army father around the world. When John was 10 years old, his father became friends with a musician in Germany and John took classical piano for 3 years, practicing one hour a day, every day, with only Christmas days off.
After graduating from Dover High School in New Hampshire, he traveled to Okinawa and played regularly for several years. Subsequently, while at the University of New Hampshire, he played in several bands in clubs, dances, and commercially. John really gets a lot out of the Dixieland Society...it gives him a chance to play with groups again, something he hasnít done since college back in the 60ís.
John plays occasional golf and tennis, he has played competitive badminton and squash, and is now the President of the Sun City Bocci Club.
In his previous life, he worked for the Government in the excise tax field. He and his wife of 28 years, Barbara, enjoy Sun City and try to see Barbaraís five children and their families whenever they can.
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