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John Zorn

John Zorn (born September 2, 1953) is an American composer and saxophone player. He owns the Tzadik record label. He has worked with a large number of experimental musicians, particularly in improvised music and jazz, though he has produced music in most styles.

Zorn was born in New York City. As a child, he played piano, guitar and flute. He went to college in St. Louis where he discovered free jazz, before dropping out and moving to Manhattan. There he gave concerts in his small apartment, playing a variety of reeds, duck calls, tapes, almost anything. In the mid 1980s he signed to the Elektra-Nonesuch[?] label. Since then, he has released a very large number of records, usually putting out several each year.

Zorn's recorded output includes records by two bands of his own, Masada[?] (a klezmer band playing music that is often described as Jewish jazz) and Naked City[?] (an often aggressive mix of jazz and rock). He has also worked with musicians like Derek Bailey, Fred Frith[?], Keiji Haino[?] and Bill Laswell[?]. He has written music for television and film, which has been collected in the ongoing Filmworks series of records on his Tzadik label. Some of these are jazz-based, others are classical.



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