I believe that writing can be a great shaping and determining factor in your development as an improviser. In my case, towards the end of college, I had developed a be-bop vocabulary after being inspired by Bird, Cannonball, Stitt, Phil Woods, Charles McPherson and others. However, while I was able to play somewhat in that […]
About Jon Gordon
Jon Gordon is a world-renowned artist and one of the most successful, accomplished and in-demand alto and soprano saxophonists of his generation. Jazz Improv magazine journalist Brandon Bernstein said, “Jon Gordon is a master. His compositions, improvisation, tone, and technical virtuosity set him apart as an elite musician of our time.” He is a winner of the Thelonious Monk award. His 2008 C.D., "Within Worlds", received 4+1/2 stars from Down Beat and was selected as one of the top Jazz C.D.'s released in that decade. His next C.D., "Evolution", was selected by The Jazz Journal and the Penguin Guide to Jazz, as well as journalists Neil Tesser and Gene Seymour, as one of the Best Jazz C.D.'s of 2009. He has been voted numerous times as a "Rising Star", or "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" on multiple saxophones, as well as in the composition category, in the annual Down Beat Critic's Polls. He is currently assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone at the University of Manitoba.