Jon Gordon – Episode 12


On this episode of the Chiaroscuro Podcast, we explore the work and legacy of Jon Gordon.

About Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon was born into a musical family in New York in 1966. His father was a jazz baritone saxophonist, and Jon began playing saxophone at age 10, first playing in school bands. We went on to attend the Performing Arts High School in New York, and in the 1980s attended the Manhattan School of Music. At the time he was performing professionally with jazz artists like Roy Eldridge, Red Rodney, Barney Kessel and Al Grey. He became a friend of Phil Woods, who served as a mentor, and who had high praise for the emerging saxophonist.

About the Music

Gordon recorded his second album for Chiaroscuro in 1992, called the Jon Gordon Quartet, which also included Kevin Hayes on piano, Scott Colley on bass, and Bill Stewart on drums. The album also featured guest appearances by Phil Woods. Here’s Jon Gordon first with an original called Time Trap and then with Phil Woods, the Thelonious Monk tune Evidence.

About The Chiaroscuro Podcast

Chiaroscuro Director of Artistry & Repertoire George Graham produces and hosts The Chiaroscuro Podcast. Explore the works of other Chiaroscuro performers in our Artists Section. Check out other episodes of the Chiaroscuro Podcast here