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By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I'm reaching a certain level [at school] that I had been aspiring to with all these incredibly advanced classical peers around me that I had been trying to be able to hang with them a little bit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I just lucked into a lot of good people man. In my life and through friends, and in the music, that really embraced me and took care of me. I'm a lucky guy.

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Jon Gordon

Definitely I had a lot of times where I was really hard on myself. Really frustrated. But I never felt like I had someplace else to go. Just had to stay here and deal with this.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

You hear about the struggles with substances and all that, but [Phil Wood] was a really a great guy. This was a great man.

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Jon Gordon

I never got discouraged for long, but we all got our butts kicked musically.

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Jon Gordon

[We need] someone like Don Sickler, who is an amazing trumpet player and who is also a publisher and amazing producer and composer and arranger. There's a lot of ways you can make a contribution.

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Jon Gordon

We had been thrown out of a couple of places that we had lived in when I was a kid and all the family photos and records and toys were long since gone. But I think somebody had given us a couple of records.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

The streets weren't paved with gold and Rose petals [when I was young]. "Do I have a horn to sell this month to pay my rent, or what am I going to do?" It was what it was.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Positivity is like a boomerang. The more we put it out there, the more it comes back to us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I heard these stories [about musicians from my mother] and somehow music, it was my understanding what my father had done. I didn't know it was misinformation. It sort of inwardly in my psyche laid the template for music being affiliated with my father and my family.

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Jon Gordon

A tenor player named Bud Revels there at the time. A lot of really nice associations amongst the students. Garry Dial was a returning student. He actually got me on Red Rodney's band subbing a little bit. I gigged some with Red when I was 21 in 1988. So I had a lot of nice associations that came from [ Laguardia School of Arts]. But a lot of my education was going on in the clubs. Hearing music and sitting in.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

There were a lot of great things you could go and hear for very little money at the time [ '80s]. Mike Stern is still playing at the 55 Bar on Mondays or Wednesdays.

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Jon Gordon

You fuel your life with trust and love instead of fear and doubt.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

[My mother] told me a little bit about the scene out there and I think, as a small child, I just always felt a connection to that history because my mother had described it to me.

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Jon Gordon

I took some comp for non-comp major classes with Giacomo Bracali and Ludmila Ulela, who was a really famous composition teacher.

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Jon Gordon

Barry Harris had a club called Jazz Cultural Theater and there were sessions there on a regular basis. I remember being there and sitting in with [Charles] McPherson and Barry being there, and just smiling at me. He didn't talk to me much at the time, he just came up and gave me a smile, which meant a lot. I've since gotten to know him and been around him a little bit.

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Jon Gordon

Instead of being disappointed about where you are, be optimistic about where you are going.

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Jon Gordon

The goal is not to be better than anyone else but rather be better than you were yesterday.

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Jon Gordon

I had played some festivals with people and met and been around some good people, for sure. But what I say to my friends and students, anything like that with a grant or a competition, it involves a great deal of luck.

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Jon Gordon

Joe Henderson, who I maybe, to me, if I had to pick one improviser in my life that I saw live that blew my mind most, especially as a teenager.

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Jon Gordon

Being positive won’t guarantee you’ll succeed. But being negative will guarantee you won’t.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Purpose is the ultimate fuel for our journey through life. When we drive with purpose we don't get tired or bored and our engines don't burn out.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

There are a lot of people that impacted me. I remember hearing Oscar Peterson live at the Blue Note, which was very expensive, but... $50 in the '80s... hard to come up with. But it was amazing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I also met Charles McPherson around that time, end of high school. I was 17 and I had followed Phil around for a year and pestered him enough to finally give me saxophone lessons. So all of a sudden I've got Phil Woods and Charles McPherson around me.

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Jon Gordon

Walk down Forest Ave to Joey's Pizza like we used to do after performances, which doesn't exist anymore. We had a sense of community [in the school band].

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

By the latter part of high school, by the middle of junior year in high school, Jay Rodriguez played me some Irakere records that that Paquito [D'Rivera] was on. And he also played me and our friend, Curtis Haywood, some Phil Woods records. And when I heard Phil, I just about lost my mind. I was playing the Charlie Parker Omnibook as part of my lessons. This was the '80s. There was no YouTube and all that. And we had three or four jazz records at that point.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

When I got to Performing Arts, within the first week, a few days, Bill Charlap walked in and couldn't read music but he's playing all these solos from Keith Emerson of ELP, and Rick Wakeman from Yes. Real impressive rock piano and keyboard things. And we had really, truly amazing young 13-14 year old classical players in our year who had been practicing six, eight hours a day for eight years. So it was like "Whoa.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Pretty fortunate that with the exception of two months when I was 23, that I worked in a law office pushing paper around. I was always able to eke out a living somehow. So I'm blessed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

We had Bob's [Gordon] records, and he's on Clifford Brown's first record as a leader. I believe it was Clifford Brown's first record as a leader and had the original versions of Daahoud and Joy Spring that were arranged by Bob's best friend, the West Coast tenor player named Jack Montrose, who I later met.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

Everyone wants to do what the great ones do; but very few are willing to do what they did to become great

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Jon Gordon

I don't want my children to be what I want them to be. I want them to become everything God created them to be.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I had made a couple of records in Europe. One as a leader, and one as a sideman before that. It was what it was. I started to work with Maria Schneider around that period and some other people, I started to get called to sub at the Vanguard in my mid-20s.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

My life is a gift not an obligation and I Get To make the most of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

The best thing you can do is just go and have fun with [competition].

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

[Larry Laurenzano] gave me a junior high school saxophone to take to high school, because I was always taking one of our school horns home to practice and I couldn't afford to buy one. He gave my friend, Tyrone, a tuba and he gave me a junior high saxophone for each of us to use at Performing Arts High School with. My audition piece was selections from Rocky. We were not sophisticated. But we had some spirit about it. We enjoyed it, and it was a way out.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

A man goes to the village to visit the wise man and he says to the wise man, “I feel like there are two dogs inside me. One dog is this positive, loving, kind, and gentle dog and then I have this angry, mean-spirited, and negative dog and they fight all the time. I don't know which is going to win.” The wise man thinks for a moment and he says, “I know which is going to win. The one you feed the most, so feed the positive dog.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

If I could have picked two guys on the planet, to have some exposure to at that age, those were the two right guys [Phil Woods and Charles McPherson].

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Only through service and sacrifice can you become great.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

I went in [Sweet Basil band] and played with them, maybe half the gig for almost eight years or more.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

When you fuel up with purpose you find the excitement in the mundane, the passion in the everyday, the extraordinary in the ordinary.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

Another classical music teacher from Performing Arts that I've stayed in contact with is Jonathan Strasser.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

There are great jazz educators that I meet all the time. I met a guy named Paul Luchessi who has a high school jazz program in Fresno. And Bob Athayde who runs a junior high program in Lafayette, California. And man, we walked into these schools and Paul Luchessi said, "Jon is the composer of Paradox." A hundred or something kids started to applaud. "What? You guys know that? I'm so blown away.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I have to say, music was always my self preservation survival technique. This sort of sacred space in my life and in my mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

Hearing Phil [wood] a lot, those few years especially when I was going to hear music and Tom Harrell was in the band. Man that was incredible. Hearing Tom at that period, and hearing Phil in that period, and also [Charles] McPherson. Those three guys were very impactful. Very inspiring to me at the time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

It's a complicated story [hoe I got into music ]. I actually wrote a book about it, titled For Sue.

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Jon Gordon

Don't let negative people drain your energy. Focus on your positive energy and kill them with kindness. Energy vampires are no match for your positive energy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

We often have to lose what we thought we wanted to find what God wants for us

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Jon Gordon

Successful people do ordinary things with extraordinary consistency, commitment and focus.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

One time, I think it was my third lesson third or fourth lesson. Kim Parker and he picked me up at the bus station. And she just said, "Phil [Wood] has been up all night. He's heartbroken. Bud Johnson died last night." And Bud Johnson, like Zoot [Sims] and Al [Cohn] had been mentors to him.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

I was able to go over [Saxophone Competition] and work a little more in Europe. I'm thankful that those of kinds of things. Simultaneously, some nice things did come in. I got a nice festival that came in, in Virginia through that. There was a club that opened in DC in the famous Willard Hotel near the White House. And the club was called The Nest. I played there a few nights. Some musicians in Philly and D.C. kind of brought me down and got me on a couple things. So things opened up a little bit.