Jon Bentley is a Juno nominated saxophonist based in Vancouver, Canada. A versatile musician, Jon performs and records in many genres of music both as a leader and a sideman. He has recorded and/or performed professionally in concerts with musicians/ groups such as Kenny Wheeler, Seamus Blake, Dave Douglas, Mark Helias, Brad Turner, Denzal Sinclaire, Eddie Daniels, Oliver Lake, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Phil Dwyer's Saxophone Summit, The Temptations, Peggy Lee Band, Neil Swainson, and Metalwood. Aside from his participation in many recording projects as a sideman, Bentley has released two albums as a leader: Jon Bentley Quintet: Motions and Diversions: American Prophecy. As a co-leader, Jon has released: UGETSU: Live at the Cellar, Wilson/Lee/Bentley: Escondido Dreams, and Waxwing: A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists. He has performed across Canada, England, and Europe and has been featured many times on CBC Radio with live and studio recordings for Tonic, The Signal, Jazzbeat, West Coast Performance, Hot Air, and Arts National. Bentley was nominated for a Juno award in 2014 as a performer on Peggy Lee Band's album Invitation.
“Saxophonist Jon Bentley is one of Vancouver’s unsung musical talents, a gifted musician who never grandstands, but rather brings out the best in the musicians around him. For ’Motions’, Bentley surrounds himself with terrific musicians and lets them express themselves, not only through their playing but also through their compositions.” - Marke Andrews (Vancouver Sun)
“’Motions’ seduces the ear rather than challenging it, but its apparent ease is more a tribute to the excellent players Bentley has assembled than to any lack of complexity or ambition. ....the record proceeds seamlessly from start to finish- which, again, is a tribute to the skill of the musicians involved.” - Alexander Varty (The Georgia Straight)
“Reflective and reverential” - Josephine Ochej (Vancouver Jazz.com)