Associate Professor, Desautels Faculty of Music
Room 335 Taché Hall
150 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Jon Gordon is a world-renowned artist and one of the most successful, accomplished and in-demand alto and soprano saxophonists of his generation. Having performed with some of the world's greatest musicians, Gordon has been hailed "a master... His compositions, improvisation, tone, and technical vistuosity set him apart as an elite musician of our time." (Brandon Bernstein, Jazz Improv Magazine)
In the faculty
Gordon'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, Tony Bennett, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Brubeck, Benny Carter, Bill Charlap, Roy Eldridge, Aretha Franklin, Al Grey, Chico Hamilton, Lionel Hampton, Slide Hampton, Barney Kessell, Mel Lewis, Eddie Locke, Ronnie Mathews, Mulgrew Miller, Ben Monder, Lewis Nash, Joshua Redman, Red Rodney, Maria Schneider, John Scofield, Bruce Springsteen, Bill Stewart, Clark Terry, Mark Turner, Kenny Wheeler, and Joe Williams.
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.