Dick’s Den is proud to showcase a young local drum talent with John Suntken and his Quintet this Thursday, August 23rd. John is a junior at The Ohio State University where he is pursuing a degree in jazz studies. He is incredibly honored to work under the guiding hand of world-renowned drummer Jim Rupp. In just a short tenure, John has been able to perform alongside some amazing talent including: Dan Wilson, Helen Sung, Corcoran Holt, Kenyatta Beasley, John Fedchock, Greg Abate, Pete Mills, Bobby Selvaggio, Shawn “Thunder” Wallace, Dan White, Theron Brown, Andy Woodson, and many others.
A bit more about John:
Ever since receiving his first drum set from his uncle, a blues drummer and cotton farmer in the Mississippi Delta, for John Suntken, it has always been about “the groove.” Even at the tender age of four, John had a passion for music-pursuing his love by playing alongside any and all records he could grab from his father, a retired professional operatic singer turned minister’s, extensive collection. John drummed along with everything from The
Temptations to John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mel Lewis; continually listening, learning, and molding his technique.
However, it wasn’t until he moved to Hudson, Ohio at the age of 14 that he began to play jazz— joining his high school’s jazz band his freshman year. Additionally, John also began taking private lessons with Northeast Ohio legendary jazz drummer Mark Gondor, continuing his jazz education with Mr. Gondor for the following four years. Finishing his high school jazz career, John was recognized with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.
John Suntken Quintet
August 23rd, 10pm