Jon Gordon

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the world class jazz faculty here at the U of Manitoba! The Jazz Studies Program, jazz camp, and guest artists are all exceptional. The weekly jam session at the Hang is something special to this program and sets it apart from most others. The students get a shot at on the the job training by playing in a club with members of the faculty- there's only so much you can do in the practice room without the chance to perform on a regular basis, and our students get that extra experience that helps that going forward."- Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon was born and grew up in Staten Island New York. He attended a local junior high school, IS61, with a great band program and music teachers who helped and inspired him. He later went on to Performing Arts High School, and soon began playing in clubs while still in his teens. He was mentored by a number of great jazz musicians in NYC during his High School and College years, like, Eddie Chamblee, Eddie Locke, Phil Woods, Charles McPherson, Bob Mintzer, and others. Jon is a world-renowned artist and one of the most successful, accomplished and in-demand alto and soprano saxophonists of his generation.

“Jon Gordon is a master. His compositions, improvisation, tone, and technical virtuosity set him apart as an elite musician of our time.” - Brandon Bernstein, Jazz Improv magazine journalist 

 "Jon Gordon 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

The High School of Performing Arts
B.Music (Manhattan School of Music)
M.Music (SUNY Purchase)


Jon's career includes performances and recordings spanning three decades with the NY Pops Orchestra, The Prism Sax Quartet, The Carolina Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, as well as artists such as:

Ray Barretto  Lionel Hampton  Red Rodney
Tony Bennett  Slide Hampton  Maria Schneider 
Bob Brookmeyer  Barney Kessell  John Scofield 
Dave Brubeck  Mel Lewis  Bruce Springsteen 
Benny Carter Eddie Locke  Bill Stewart 
Bill Charlap  Ronnie Mathews  Clark Terry 
Roy Eldridge Mulgrew Miller  Mark Turner 
Aretha Franklin Ben Monder  Kenny Wheeler 
Al Grey Lewis Nash  Joe Williams 
Chico Hamilton Joshua Redman   

He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Beacon Theater, The Royal Albert Hall, Sweet Basil, The Village Vanguard, Ronnie Scott's, The Oslo Concerthus, The Sydney Conservatory, Juilliard, and most of the major jazz clubs and concert halls in North America, Europe, Japan, Australia et al. .

In 2013 Jon's book, "For Sue", was published by Chimbarazu Press, and "Foundations for Improvisers and Further Concepts", was published by Colin Music. In 2014, Jon was commissioned by the Carolina Philharmonic, to write an arrangement for the orchestra on John Coltrane's piece, "Naima". In December of 2016 Jon released a CD entitled, "Jazz Standards", that focused on compositions by jazz musicians. He is currently working on a book that compiles interviews with jazz musicians and is focused on the growth and development of jazz musicians.


Associate Professor
Jazz Saxophone
Jazz Composition and Arranging
Jazz Ensembles

Room 335 Taché Hall
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB. R3T 2N2
Phone: 204-272-1664