John O'Gallagher is considered one of the most compelling alto saxophonists and composers at work today on the New York jazz scene. He is known for an innovative style which pushes the boundaries of jazz while rooted in it's tradition.
"Mr. O'Gallagher is an exploratory alto saxophonist with a clear melodic streak" - The New York Times
Born in Anaheim Califorina in 1964 he began playing alto saxophone in grade school after his family moved to Spokane, Washington. Upon graduating high school he studied briefly at Eastern Washington University before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. There he studied with legendary saxophone gurus Joe Viola, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone.
During the past 25 years living in New York he has become known for his projects as a leader, and as a sought after sideman, working in varied ensembles with artist such as Joe Henderson, Maria Schnieder, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Dunmall, Billy Hart, Drew Gress, Tyshawn Sorey, Tony Malaby, Ben Street, Kris Davis, Jeff Williams, Tom Rainey, Chris Cheek, Gerald Cleaver, Russ Johnson, Thomas Morgan, Rudresh Manhathappa, Peter Evans, Rudy Royston, Mike Formanek, Ben Monder, Dan Weiss, Frank Carlberg, Billy Mintz, John Hebert, Mike Sarin, Noah Preminger, Ralph Alessi, Clarence Penn, Johannes Weidenmueller, Pete McCann, and numerous others.