JOHN ROGGENSACK - The Real Deal
Theo's mouthpieces are true pieces of art. He has spent so much time on mouthpieces, it only makes sense that he is making them! The Ambika being labeled dark is a little misleading, you can achieve a wide spectrum of sound when you choose to. It's response is amazing, even tone through the registers, and a wonderful easy speaking altissimo. The combination with the enlightened ligature is fantastic. I prefer the titanium pressure plate, but this is just personal preference. I enjoy music more when there is less instrument distraction, and it helps me focus more on the music. I love it! Thanks Theo!
"John Roggensack is a saxophonist who is a native of Edmonton (Canada) now residing in Calgary (Canada). He is a versatile musician, leader, sideman, composer, arranger and jazz educator. John studied music performance at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton (Canada), and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (UK).
John has made a home for himself in Calgary, and is an in-demand adjudicator and clinician in schools and local festivals. He is on faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory and is one of the Jazz directors at Bishop Carroll High School. He is a dedicated performer, educator and supporter of the arts.
Over the years John could have been seen backing up artists/groups like The Coasters, The Drifters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Mary Wilson, Mike Cowie, Jamiroquai, Bob Mintzer, Doc Severson, Allen Vizzuti, Ingrid Jensen, PJ Perry, Oliver Jones, Jens Lindeman, Hugh Fraser, Al Kay, Dick Oatts, Guido Basso, Sean Jones, Eric Bloom, Wycliffe Gordon, and Tommy Banks to name a few. John has played in groups opening for Colin James, Kim Mitchell, Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea, The Neville Brothers, Steven Page. While in the UK, John worked extensively with producer Chris Snell at Pinball Sudios, DJ Alex Lavely (Lymelite residency at Zanzibar), Tony Ormesher, Jay Irving and Martin Smith at regular weekly jazz gigs at Beluga Bar, Pilgrim, and The Font. John has spent lots of time in theatre pit bands playing shows such as Grease, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Smokey Joe's Café. He is a former full-time member of Calgary's Primetime Big Band. When not playing with Calgary's premiere R&B band, The Real Deal (celebrating a 15th anniversary fall 2015), John can be found in the lower Bow River wearing waders stalking trout with a fly rod.
John is married to the most patient woman in the world and has two wonderful little girls.
What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
When it all comes together, nothing else matters.
Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
Several years ago we were doing a live recording of CBC radio with Oliver Jones at a 2000 seat theatre. At the sound check I had thought briefly about asking the sound tech to tape my mic to the clip as I have always had a nervous history with the Sennheiser 421 mic/clip (Lost a whole rig straight down into a pint glass many years earlier). Long story short, I never did ask for it to be taped as I didn't want to be a nuisance. Gig started, full house, being recorded... I stand up to take a solo, I nudge the mic, off the clip it goes... straight to the floor. Thud! Live and learn. This is why I own a Sennheiser 441! Better clip IMHO. lol