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Mandoki Soulmates

John will be performing some concerts in Germany with Mandoki Soulmates in November

SBTB

Have a different listen to some of the Supertramp repertoire, with the big band "Super Big Tramp Band" touring soon.

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Biography

Everybody knows about the famous frontman playing saxophones and telling jokes at the Supertramp concerts... But who is John, the real John ?

John Anthony Helliwell was born into a musical family in the Yorkshire town of Todmorden on the 15 th February 1945 just 4 months after another musically famous Todmordarian, Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer fame.

Exposure to music in the Helliwell home was virtually instantaneous. Family members were involved in every type of music from church to local Gilbert and Sullivan productions. John’s parents duly ensured that their young lad received the usual childhood piano and recorder lessons but none of these musical stimuli proved very inspirational to him and it was left to the jazz record collection of a family friend to prompt our small hero to start his quest for a clarinet...

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Upcoming Concerts

31/10/19
MANDOKI SOULMATES
HAMBURG
7-8-9/11/19
MANDOKI SOULMATES
MUNICH / DORTMUND / BERLIN
15/11/19
SUPER BIG TRAMP BAND
Hull Jazz Festival - Winter Edition
Truck Theatre
HULL (UK)
23/11/19
Guest with JJ CHARDEAU
Océanis Theatre
PLOEMEUR (near LORIENT) FRANCE
16/12/19
SUPER BIG TRAMP BAND
Markthalle
HAMBURG (GERMANY)
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See John on his new project

Enjoy a new experience on Supertramp's tracks performed by a big band: The Super Big Tramp Band! The line-up is the usual jazz big band instrumentation - trumpets, trombones, saxophones and rhythm section. We play versions of Supertramp tunes, arranged by members of the band, with me as the chief soloist. No vocals.

We will play in Hull (November), Hamburg (December) and Europe next year!

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Audio excerpts

Some solos while playing with various artists along the years :


Wise words - (Crème anglaise)

Girl talk - (Crème anglaise)

Long is the road - (J.J. Goldman)

Terminal frost - (Pink Floyd)

Melani - (Asfalto)

Heart - (Diana Ross)


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Contact

The most logical way to contact John is by email:



You can also visit his Facebook page Facebook

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