If you have ever heard him play, it is an experience you will not soon forget. Influenced by musicians that range from David Sanborn and Gerald Albright to Maynard Ferguson and Stevie Ray Vaughn, Saxophonist Jermaine Mondaine exudes passion with every note and phrase. In an ever increasing sea of saxophonists, Jermaine's tone and energy are what set him apart. The Muskogee Oklahoma native has over 30 years of professional playing experience. His musical journey started at age 11 while listening to a local Jr. high jazz band perform during a recruiting concert at his elementary school. The band passed out a form that asked attendees to circle the instrument they were interested in. Jermaine circled the saxophone and gave it to his father. A couple days later, his father walked him downtown to the local music store and bought his first saxophone. The rest is history!
Jermaine was relentless in his pursuit to learn the saxophone and gain the respect of his music loving father. Within his second of year playing, he was improvising and playing along with his father's David Sandborn albums. It was also during his second year he began playing in church with his mother. The combination of these two seemingly opposite worlds of Jazz and Gospel began to develop his unique style of playing. Over the years, he developed his abilities through the Muskogee Public School system under the direction of band directors Jim McPherson, Richard McCall, and Joe Metzer. He received many awards and accolades including the Boston Russell Jazz Award and membership in the O.M.E.A. All State Jazz Band. Never abandoning his gospel roots, Jermaine often represented his church at district conferences and musicals.
During his college years at Lincoln University, Missouri, Mondaine quickly made a name for himself as a versatile and dynamic player. He was selected to represent the university at the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) conference in Washington D.C. The performance landed him on the cover of Black Excellence Magazine. It was also during the college years that he became a studio musician. His playing was featured on local and national radio commercials.
Jermaine established Mondaine Music Ministries in 2003 with the mission of providing quality, life changing ministry and entertainment through music, public speaking, and inspirational literature. That same year he was honored by Muskogee Mayor, Hershel McBride with "Jermaine Mondaine Day!" on November 22nd to recognize his accomplishments in the music field.
Mondaine is a Billboard charting national recording artist. His saxophone work can also be heard with some of the industry's finest musicians and ministries such as: Phil Driscoll, Pastor Sharon Daugherty, Bishop Noel Jones, Wayman Tisdale, Dennis Jernigan, The Swon Brothers, Paul Jackson Jr. and Marcus Miller. Committed to making sure the power of music is felt in everything he touches, Mondaine has served as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Board President and executive director. Make sure to check out his music on SiriusXM channel 66 Watercolors or a Smooth Jazz Station near you!