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2023.3.9 Jon Gordon Mini-Lesson


March 9, 2023

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Daniel Jamieson

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Each week we upload a free Mini-Lesson to our YouTube channel featuring one of our Presenting Artists.


Grammy- & Juno-nominated saxophonist and composer uses his piece “Riddle”, based on Tadd Dameron’s “Lady Bird” to demonstrate creative ways to write contrafacts based on well-known chord changes.

About the Presenting Artists(s)

Jon Gordon is one of the most accomplished alto and soprano saxophonists of his generation. Jazz journalist Brandon Bernstein wrote, “Jon Gordon is a master. His compositions, improvisation, tone, and technical virtuosity set him apart as an elite musician of our time.” Down Beat magazine gave his 2008 C.D., "Within Worlds", 4+1/2 stars and selected it as one of the top recordings of the decade. His 2021 C.D., “Stranger than Fiction”, was selected by several jazz journalists for their “Best of 2021” lists. It was nominated for a Juno award for Best Jazz release. A Thelonious Monk award winner, Jon has also been voted numerous times as a "Rising Star", or "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" on multiple saxophones and in the composition category, in several Down Beat Critic's Polls. “Jon is among that elite few that are truly great alto saxophonists. Not only is he one of my favorite alto and soprano players, he’s also a wonderful and very creative composer.” - Maria Schneider

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