Bassist John Fremgen grew up in the Chicago area where he studied classical bass with Harold Siegel. He received a BM in Commercial Music from Millikin University and a MM in Jazz Studies from The University of Southern California where he studied with Brian Bromberg and Shelly Berg.
John has played bass for a wide variety of artists across the United States and internationally, including jazz artists Butch Miles, Kat Edmonson, Shelly Berg, Kirk Covington and Jamie Findlay, as well as, pop/rock artists PJ Olsson, Libby Kirkpatrick and five-time Grammy Award winner, Christopher Cross. He has performed in Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and Canada.
Johns an Associate Professor of Jazz at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches Beginning Jazz Improvisation, Intermediate Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Theory I, Jazz Theory II, Beginning Jazz Piano Techniques, Jazz Appreciation, conducts the AIME Ensemble, and maintains a studio of jazz bass performance majors.
As an educator, John has taught, given masterclasses, conducted, and performed at The Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, The Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia in Umbria, Italy, The Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Aarhus, Denmark, The Guatemalan American Institute in Guatemala, The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Guatemala Jazz Festival and The Montreux Jazz Festival.
John’s bass playing can be heard on dozens of jingles, TV shows and movies, including Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, Shorts and The Late Show with David Letterman.
John has three albums on Viewpoint Records: Meanwhile with Peter Erskine and Mitch Watkins, Pieces of String with Peter Erskine and Shelly Berg and If Not Now with various artists. He begins his next Viewpoint release in early 2019.
John lives in Austin, TX with his wife Shannon, kids Jacob, Simon and Georgie, and dog Rufus.