John became interested at age 13 in the clarinet, closely followed by the saxophone. After a spell as a computer programmer he turned professional, playing with various bands in the 60s He was asked to join Supertramp in 1973.They made the album “Crime of the Century” and began the long climb to international success, moving to California in the process. “Breakfast in America” was the biggest selling album in the world in 1979!
During a Supertramp hiatus in the nineties, he moved back to England to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. John now plays music based on his many inspirations - including jazz, funk, blues, soul and rock. He has a jazz group - “Crème Anglaise,” “The Super Big Tramp Band” - an 18 piece big band playing the music of Supertramp instrumentally, and “Ever Open Door” - a sextet playing ballads with a string quartet. and Hammond organ. He has recently teamed-up with three of the finest Dutch musicians — Jasper Somsen, bass, Hans Vroomans, piano, and Marcel Serierse — to create an album “Don’t Ever Leave Me."