Department of Performing Arts
Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Maryland in 1979, graduating cum laude. Post-graduate work in ethno-musicology in 1996; completed his Master’s in Jazz Studies in 2004; he has also pursued private study with Paul Bley
Jon has been working in and around the DC area for twenty years as a performer, producer, composer, and arranger. He has produced and arranged recordings by local jazz artists Imani, Maryann Redmond, and Al Williams. Jon has performed extensively in the jazz and contemporary jazz fields, appearing on recordings with Buck Hill, David Yarborough, Origem, Matt Belzer, and Vinny Valentino. He has performed in concerts with Jon Faddis, Bobby Hutcherson, Al Jarreau, Nneena Freelon, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Chuck Brown, Curtis Fuller, John Handy, and Larry Ridley, and has toured nationally with Marlena Shaw, Miki Howard, Rain Pryor, Kim Waters, and the Blackbyrds. Throughout ’97-’99 Jon toured the States and Europe with saxophonist Maceo Parker. Jon has appeared on numerous recordings, and his compositions have been recorded by many of the above-named artists. Jon is currently Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Maryland in College Park and at the American University, and he has conducted artist residencies under the auspices of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the American Composers Forum.