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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.

Since that time, he has worked with Maria Schneider, Ron McClure, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Phil Woods, T.S. Monk, Tana Reid, Bill Mays, The Vanguard orchestra, Bill Charlap, Ray Barreto, Mark Turner, George Colligan, and the N.Y. Pops Orchestra, among many others. Jon also appears regularly as a member of the Jazz Nativity, whose other featured artists have included Tito Puente, Ron Carter, Dave Brubeck, Savion Glover, Slide Hampton, and Harold Nicholas. Jon has led his own groups at various European , Canadian and U.S. jazz festivals and clubs including, Ronnie Scott's and The Pizza Express (London), The Sunside, The Sunset, and La Villa (Paris), The Brecon Jazz Festival (Wales), The Oslo Jazz Festival, The Ottowa Jazz Festival, The Royal Caribbean Floating Jazz Festival, Savannah on Stage, The Savannah Jazz Festival, and The Wolftrap festival

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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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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto


New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


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.



Album Change Of Plans by Will Bonness

Change Of Plans

Self Produced

Album Hiding Out by Mike Holober

Hiding Out

Zoho Music

Album Halcyon by Will Bonness


Will Bonness Music



Artist Share

Album Sound Check - Jack Cortner & His NY Big Band by Jack Cortner

Sound Check - Jack...

Jazzed Media

Album Evolution by Jon Gordon


Artist Share

Guiding Light

Guiding Light

Jon Gordon
Change Of Plans



Jon Gordon
Hiding Out



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