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."

Professional Bio:JG

A Thelonious Monk award winner, Professor Gordon was recently described by Jazz Improv magazine journalist Brandon Bernstein;  “Jon Gordon is a master.  His compositions, improvisation, tone, and technical virtuosity set him apart as an elite musician of our time.” Jon Gordon is a prolific recording artist whose CDs have been recognized as among the best by jazz journalists Gene Seymour and Neil Tesser, The Jazz Journal, The Penguin Guide to Jazz, and Down Beat magazine.

Jon has collaborated with the some of the world's leading musicians, and the list includes: Kenny Barron, Ray Barretto, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Benny Carter, Ron Carter, Bill Charlap, Harry Connick Jr., Roy Eldridge, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Hampton, and Christian McBride as well as the New York Pops Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
From 2009-2013, Jon was a faculty member at Purchase University where he taught saxophone, jazz harmony, and small ensembles.  He has also held teaching positions at the College of the City of New York, the New School, and the Manhattan School of Music.





B.Mus '88 - (Manhattan School of Music, NY)
M. Jazz '14 (SUNY Purchase, NY)
Performance Highlights Jon Gordon's career includes performances and recordings with the following artists spanning over 2 decades:
Kenny Barron, Ray Barretto, Tony Bennett, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Brubeck, Benny Carter, Ron Carter, Bill Charlap, Harry Connick Jr., Roy Eldridge, Aretha Franklin, Al Grey, Chico Hamilton, Lionel Hampton, Slide Hampton, Kevin Hays, Dennis Irwin, Barney Kessel, Mike LeDonne, Mel Lewis, Eddie Locke, Ronnie Mathews, Bill Mays, Christian McBride, Ron McClure, Mulgrew Miller, Ben Monder, Lewis Nash, Joshua Redman, Red Rodney, Maria Schneider, John Scofield, Don Sickler, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Stewart, Clark Terry, Mark Turner, Kenny Washington, Peter Washington, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Williams, as well as the New York Pops Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
Ongoing Research & Creative Activity

2014 - Commissioned to arrange John Coltrane's "Naima" for the Carolina Philharmonic
March 2013 - For Sue - biographical memoire, Chimbarazu Press
2013- Foundations for Improvisers and Further Concepts, Published by Colin Music
2007-08- Artistic director of the Players Theater Arts Festival


2009 - Evoloution - Artists Share
2007- Within Worlds - Artistshare
2007 - The Things You AreArtists Share
2001 - Contrasts - Double-Time Records
2000 - Possibilities - Double Time Records
1999 - The Things We Need - Double Time Records
1998 - Currents - Double Time Records
1997 - Along The Way - Criss Cross
1995 - Spark - Chiaroscuro
1994 - Ask Me Now - Criss Cross
1992 - The Jon Gordon Quartet - Chiarscuro
1989 - Beginnings and Endings - Taurus
Awards and Recognition

2010- Down Beat selects Within Worlds as one of the top jazz cds of the previous decade.

2009- Evolution selected by journalists Gene Seymour and Neil Tesser to their "Best Of 09" lists for jazz cds. The Jazz Journal and the Penguin Guide to Jazz also select Evolution as one of the top jazz cds of the 09.

January 2008- Down Beat picks Within Worlds as one of the top jazz cds of 2008

January 1998- NY Times picks Along the Way as the 2nd best jazz release of 1997.

1999- 2014 - winner of  Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll's "Deserving Wider recognition", or in the "Rising Star" category for alto saxophone, tenor, and composition.

1996 - 1st Place Winner of the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition


BMus (Manhattan School of Music)
MMus(SUNY Purchase)

Assistant Professor










Teaching Activities:
Jazz Saxophone
Jazz Composition and Arranging
Jazz Ensembles

Room T335
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
  136 Dafoe Rd.
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204-272-1664


There Will Never Be Another You
featuring Jon Gordon



Jon Gordon talking about his
experience on faculty at the
U of M Jazz Studies Program
from a March 2013 interview


Articles and Interviews:
CD Review - Jon Gordon - Evoloution
dig!Magazine feature article
U of M Saxophone Instructor launches memoir in Winnipeg
Celebrated Sax Player recounts his grim Staten Island Childhood in new memoir
Jon Gordon on Mastery, Making a Life in Music, and More

Saxophonist brings heat to U of M Jazz Camp

JazzTimes Review of Along The Way




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