Jon Gordon

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Jon Gordon

A native New Yorker, saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon was born into a musical family and began playing at age ten. In addition to private saxophone studies he attended Performing Arts High School and won numerous competitions, among them the Julius Grossman, the Goldman Band and the Performing Arts Concerto competition. This led to performances as a soloist with the Grossman orchestra, Goldman Band and the Performing Arts Orchestra. In his mid-teens Jon’s love for Jazz began to bloom?”he began sitting in regularly with Eddie Chamblee at Sweet Basil and started lessons with Phil Woods. From 1984-88 he attended Manhattan School of Music. During this time Jon began working professionally including gigs with Red Rodney, Roy Eldridge, Barney Kessel, Al Grey, Eddie Locke, Mike LeDonne, Mel Lewis, Doc Cheatham and many others....
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”Jon is one of the greatest alto players ever”-Phil Woods

“Gordon has embraced the history of his instrument, carrying with it the ability to extend music as a universal language”-Wayne Shorter

...”a masterful young altoist with a brilliant future ahead of him”.-Joe Lovano

“Not only a great soloist, but also possesses a gorgeous tone”-Kenny Washington

“One of the finest musicians of his generation and deserves a great deal more recognition than he has recieved from the jazz media”.-Ken Dryden review of “Contrasts

Down Beat Critics Poll-Jon Gordon picked as one of the altoists deserving of wider recognition.

Jon Gordon's “The Things You Are” is a masterpiece!-AMG Review

“On his first Artistshare project, “The Things You Are”, Gordon proves that he is indeed one of the most accomplished saxophonists of his generation.”-New York Jazz Guide review

Mr. Gordon is a smart, self assured young alto saxophonist- a wizard in the post bop language.-Ben Ratliffe, N.Y.Times

Contrasts-Duo w/Bill Charlap 2001 Doubletime Jazz
Possibilities-w/John Scofield, Kevin Hays, Peter Washington, and Bill Stewart 2000 Doubletime Jazz
The Things We Need-w/Peter Bernstein, Mike Le Donne, Dennis Irwin, Eddie Locke, Kenny washington, and Ronnie Mathews-1999 Doubletime Jazz
Currents-w/Ben Monder, Ed Simon, Larry Grenadier, Bill Stewart and adam Cruz 1998 Doubletime Jazz
Along The Way-w/Mark Turner, Kevin Hays, Joe Martin, and Billy Drummond 1997 Criss Cross
Witness-w/Tim Hagans, Mark Turner, Bill Charlap, Sean Smith, and Tim Horner 1996 Criss Cross

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, alto

New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

New School, Manhattan School of Music, Purchase college, C.C.N.Y., et al. I am available for lessons but recommend the teaching packages available on my website which include books I've written for students, lectures, interviews, recordings, and other teaching info.

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