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By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

You are not a true success unless you are helping others be successful.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I learned some classical music history, which I had done quite a bit at of Performing Arts. But I got some more with a great teacher named David Noon, who I've been in contact with quite a bit in recent years.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

Connection to the music and the history was very powerful to me. I think that's what I feel the most blessed about.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

A lot of musicians have said things to me like, "Music saved my life". And "I'm standing on the shoulders of dozens of people that you've never heard of that were like angels for me that came out of the woodwork." And that's really the case for me. I had so many people that did those kinds of things for me.

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

The goal in life is to live young, have fun, and arrive at your final destination as late as possible, with a smile on your face.

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

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

No challenge can stop you if you have the courage to keep moving forward in the face of your greatest fears and biggest challenges. Be courageous.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I made some nice associations. Ben Perowsky and Kevin Hays... Bill Mobley and Pete McGuinness. A lot of talented people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I had a great year with Bob Mintzer [at Laguardia School of Arts]. Bob is great. We could have just brought the clarinet or dealt with classical stuff, or brought the flute or just dealt with comp and arranging... what a great teacher.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

Dust on gold doesn't change the nature of gold.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

I've been thankful to work with some wonderful people and sort of combine forces with some folks that... like in recent years, working with Alan Ferber or his brother Mark who's a wonderful drummer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

Don't waste your energy on those who don't get on your bus.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Negative thoughts are the nails that build a prison of failure.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Only through service and sacrifice can you become great.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

You do [jazz] because you love it and hope many some others may as well. You do this because you need it.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Jon Gordon

You haven't failed until you stop trying.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I got to talk to people like Mel [Lewis] and Milt Hilton and Benny Carter and Clark Terry and... Jay McShann. I just found myself in some circumstances, on some gigs or sometimes in clubs, with the ability to talk to some of these people. Just being around their energy and being around that history was invaluable. And what I normally say to young people that are getting into the music, if you can and go... now there's less of those folks around, sadly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Letting people share their gifts and strengths is real love.

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

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

We [with my mother] listened to music when I was a kid. We listened to a little bit of Bob's [Gordon] music, but just a little, I think it was too painful for her.

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

If you go with that spirit, good things will come for you. If you go into it with an assumption that you're a genius and that you're entitled to something, it's a little tougher.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I have worked in the homes of many successful people and have seen firsthand that everyone fails in life, but failure can be a gift if you don't give up and are willing to learn, improve, and grow because of it.  You see, failure often serves as a defining moment, a crossroads on the journey of your life.  It gives you a test designed to measure your courage, perseverance, commitment, and a dedication.  Are you a pretender who gives up after a little adversity or a contender who keeps getting up after getting knocked down?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

Alan [Ferber] is a great trombonist and composer. I'm thankful that I got some associations like that through peers and former students. That's kind of what it is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Sometimes I would go on Sundays and play with Doc Cheatham. I was also playing in a band of teenagers led by Don Sickler called Young Sounds, and The McDonald's Big Band led by Rich De Rosa and Justin Di Cioccio. All those guys were great educators and musicians and taught me a lot! Simultaneous to all this, another one of my musical fathers came into my life, Eddie Locke.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

We spent all day together [with Phil Wood] at that one particular lesson, which was maybe the third or fourth lesson, in from 11:00 in the morning to 11:00 at night. We often did a lot of varied things. It wasn't just about jazz language and the saxophone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I got to perform the [Jaques] Ibert Concertino Da Camera with a brilliant pianist at school named Chunga. I got to perform the [Alexander] Glazunov Concerto in senior year with our school orchestra and the Jewish Grossman orchestra. I won a scholarship from the Goldman band to perform the [Paul] Creston Concerto. Which I never played with them, but they still gave me the money.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Joe Henderson with Ron Carter and Al Foster at the Vanguard was just wow. And the energy of the three of them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

Adversity is not a dead end but a detour to a better outcome than you can imagine!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

We listened [with my mother] to [Frank] Sinatra and Glen Campbell and we had some Beatles records that I liked. This was in the '70s.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I had pestered [Phil Wood] for a long time. He finally agreed to do it. And I was excited and nervous and he couldn't have been nicer or more supportive from the minute I got to his house.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Percy France told me, similarly, he and Bird used to hang out. They were good buddies. And he said, "Man, we'd just walk through town, sometimes with our horns. And we'd walk by past an Irish bar. And you'd stand outside and check out the music. And Bird would go in and sit in with these traditional Irish musicians. Then we'd past a Greek restaurant and we'd hear that. And Charles "Bird" Parker would go sit in with those guys. He was just listening to everything, reacting to everything.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Love takes time. It's a process not a goal. Love is something that needs to be nurtured. But if there is one thing I urge you to start immediately it's focus on bringing out the best in each person on your team. When you love someone you want the best for him. You want him to shine. And the best way to do this is to help him discover the value inside him.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Justin [Di Cioccio] was [at Laguardia School of Arts]. He later took over at Manhattan. But I knew Justin through the McDonald's band, which at the time I was finishing high school and starting college, I got involved with. I was not that heavily involved with the school at MSM my first year there. I took a semester off to start my 2nd year. Took classes I felt like taking during my third semester, but by the start of my third year, September of '86, they began the undergraduate jazz program and I joined that program.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Teaching has definitely become a big part of my life in the past ten plus years. As it often does for many dedicated players. Because you can have some great gigs.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I'm very gratified that I had my little 15 minutes,or whatever [at the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition]. It certainly didn't make me rich and famous. But it helped a little bit for a while.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

You can’t be a great leader if all you are serving is yourself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Now we also need people who just love to listen to the music. And we need people that want to work to facilitate it. That want to do work, have somebody like Bret Primack, the jazz video guy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

Leadership is not just about what you do but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jon Gordon

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jon Gordon

I finally got to junior high and I got to start saxophone. There were a few of us that were in the beginner band in sixth grade that made it to the advanced band, which was called the morning band at our junior high school in Staten Island.

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jon Gordon

When you believe, the impossible becomes possible. What you believe will become what is true. Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow. Don’t look at your challenges; look up and look out into the future. Don’t focus on your circumstances. Focus on the right beliefs that will help you build your success.