B i o g r a p h y

Joann has been playing and studying music since the age of 8 when she found an old beaten-up Clarinet stuffed at the back of the wardrobe. After mithering her dad to buy some reeds he eventually gave in and with a look of apprehension handed them over. . . Following the success of the Clarinet, she then took up the Saxophone followed later by the Flute and Piccolo.


Joann started out spending over 10 years of her childhood as a devoted member of her local music service MAPAS playing with Saxophone Quartets, Ensembles, Wind Bands, Orchestras and Big bands. This led to many gigs, musical shows, instrument workshops and tours aboard to Italy and Spain.

Later during her college days, Joann was a big part of the Jazz and Funk band leading to her a new found interest in Jazz. She has studied Saxophone with the great  Jazz musician George Galway (brother of world-famous flautist Sir James Galway) and has studied Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute with another excellent Jazz musician, Munch Manship, during her time at University.

Whilst studying at The University of Salford, Joann had the opportunity to manage her own group, The Joann Kerrigan Jazz Quartet. Also available as a trio or duo. She specialised in Performance and Arranging and  whilst studying under the guidance of Great Musician, Composer and Educator, Dr Robin Dewurst, has arranged a Latin Jazz Saxophone Quartet suite for "The Saxy Ladies", an all female Saxophone Quartet consisting of four great musicians from the University of Salford, of which Joann is one.

Since graduating from University, Joann has gone on to play with many local and professional big bands, smaller Jazz groups and more recently has been the Tenor Sax player in the on stage Jazz trio accompanying the play "A taste of Honey"at The Crucble Theatre in Sheffield. She plays regually with the Mike James Orchestra, which made its name on the QE2 cruise ship and through summer season residencys at various seaside venues throughout the UK.  She is a regular Tenor Saxophone player with the SK2 big band, made up from some of the north wests finest musicians who play the music of Stan Kenton, SK2 perfom at regular jazz festivals such as the International Wigan Jazz Festival and the Scarborough Jazz festival in 2016. She performs solo sax at events and weddings to top quality backing tracks.c As well as this Joann has worked freelance on musical theatre shows as a reed player, recent work has included Candide at University of Central lancashire Preston, Throughly Modern Millie at the Hammond Theatre School Chester, and Our House, a school muiscal production of the band "Madness" in Warrington. In 2018, Joann did a tour of Russia, including theatres in Moscow, Ufa & Yekatringburg playing the music of James Last with the Mike James Orchestra which went down a storm to packed out audiences. 


She now provides private 1-to-1 instumental tuition and teaches instrumental lessons in schools the North West of England. She has played in many other short musical productions such as Grease, Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls, Our House and West Side Story to name a few. Not to mention her freelance work for the BBC in 2014 where Joann appeared on a popular CBBC show, The Slammer filmed at Media City UK, Salford.

Who'd have thought all that from an old beaten up clarinet stuffed at the back of the Wardrobe . . . Thanks Dad.