Biography

Žan Tetičkovič / Jean John (artist name), born on May 28, 1991, is a New York based Slovenian drummer, multiple award winning composer, educator and theorist, recipient of the prestigious ASCAP Johnny Mandel Prize 2017, and a graduate of the renowned The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music” in New York City.

Jean John / Žan Tetičkovič

Jean John is a three-time winner of the "ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award" (2012 and 2014 and 2017), winner of the International Jazzon LIVE Master Award 2012 for “Best Jazz Composition” and the "Jazzon Audience Award 2012" for the best performance of the composition.

He is a member and co-founder of numerous projects both in New York and in Slovenia, and has performed and collaborated with the renowned names on the world jazz scene (Yosvany Terry, Tarek Yamani, Melissa Aldana, Jazzmeia Horn, Camila Meza, Petros Klampanis, Guy Mintus, Lesedi Ntsane, Arun Luthra, Tarek Yamani, Jonathan Finlayson, Emmet Cohen, Russell Hall, Theodosii Spassov, Vlatko Stefanovski, Stephen Thurston, Reggie Workman, Richard Boukas, Jane Ira Bloom, Steve Nelson, Cameron Brown and others), as well as highly established Slovenian artists (Igor Bezget quartet, Jure Pukl trio, Nina Strnad quartet, Marko Črnčec quartet, Lenart Krečič trio, Big Band RTV Slovenia, Tadej Kampl "Life is good", Ljubljana Quintet Saksofonov, Nina Strnad quartet , Uroš Perič trio, and others).

Žan has performed on notable stages all over the world, among others: John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., National Sawdust, Jazz Gallery, Jazz Standard, Smalls, 55 bar (all New York), Marian's Jazz Room and Bern Jazz festival (Bern, Switzerland), Arsana festival, Cerkno Jazz Festival, Koprivnica jazz festival, Kino Šiška, HRT Zagreb, Sofia Jazz Festival (Bulgaria), Jazzinty Jazz Festival, Ptuj Jazz Weekend and many others.

As a composer, Žan is an author and co-author of numerous projects: “Balchemy” (2013), Oasis with Big Band of RTV Slovenia (2014), The Port Of Life (2016, ZKP RTV), “A Love Lane Nocturne” with Emmet Cohen and Russell Hall (2019), The Port Of Life II. - Ensō (2019, ZKP RTV). As a copyist, he currently works with legendary drummer and composer Jack DeJohnette and is also very active as teacher and theorist in fields of creative counterpoint and harmony. He is currently working on his book “Tension and Texture” and has taught a highly well received counterpoint workshop / master class on international “Creative Jazz Clinic” in Velenje, Slovenia both in 2018 and 2019. Since 2017, he has been active also as a classical composer and has recently recorded his 1st concerto with the Radio and Television of Slovenia’s string orchestra, while he is also in process of composing his 1st symphony, which is set to premiere in 2020.