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
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