John has been playing saxophone since the age of 12. He has always had a love for music since he was a child which was apparent since he always carried around a toy guitar with him wherever he went. "My biggest influence on me then was my uncle who played guitar and piano. I would listen to him play all the time. I was hooked immediately."
After being exposed to jazz music in high school by his teacher Norman Clo, John decided to pursue a career in music and continued his education at the College of Saint Rose and began his studies with saxophonist Paul Evoskevich. After completing his degree (BS in Music Education), John returned home to Gloversville to start looking for a job and some gigs. During a three year period, he had the chance to play with Ben E. King, The Drifters, The Classics Four and formed the OverEasy Horns which played with local R&B band Cleen Street.
In 1995, John assumed the duties of instrumental music teacher at his alma mater, Gloversville High School. In December of 1998 he completed a MA in Jazz Studies from the College of Saint Rose.
John continues his pursuit for playing good music, dividing his time between his own band, Cleen Street, and subbing with various area bands such as The Refrigerators and the TS Ensemble, as well as devoting time to his students, endeavoring to teach them to appreciate the beauty of the music they create in school on a daily basis.
The John Savage Band was assembled in 1998 to perform the material John had recorded for "A Brighter Day" and some jazz standards, fusion, funk, and smooth jazz covers. The success of the band spiraled and they became a unique alternative to local club owners looking to do something different.
The band is comprised of several fantastic musicians, each with their own diverse musical influences. These superb players make the live performances a thrill not only for the audience but for each other as well, lending their creativity and musical ingenuity to every note they play.