sax gordon

No other performer on the scene today brings to life and pushes forward the great tradition of Rockin' American Saxophone like Sax Gordon.

From an early start in garage bands, church groups, jazz combos and big bands in northern California, Gordon graduated to work and record with Bay-Area Blues giant Johnny Heartsman. After relocating to the East coast, a regular gig with Little Joe Cook & the Thrillers followed by five years and many recordings with Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson established Gordon on the international scene. With Luther's encouragement, Gordon continued to develop his signature style - wild, and exciting sax inspired by Blues, Soul, Jazz and Rock & Roll music.

Gordon then recorded and toured extensively with Matt "Guitar" Murphy as well as with the Duke Robillard Band with whom he also backed Blues and Swing greats Jimmy Witherspoon and Jay McShann on tours and recordings. International tours followed with Roomful of Blues, Junior Watson, John Hammond, Sherman Robertson, Toni Lynn Washington, and Soul legend Solomon Burke, while at home Gordon was being called upon to play with a who's who of American Blues and Soul music greats, including Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Little Milton, Ben E. King, Hubert Sumlin, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), Johnny Johnson, Howard Tate, Martha Reeves, and Johnny Copeland among others.

Gordon has filled the classic R&B sax role as a featured soloist on albums by legends such as Champion Jack Dupree, Rosco Gordon, Jimmy McGriff, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmy "T99" Nelson, and Charles Brown, while modern masters have also benefitted from Gordon's unique sound - as heard on CDs by Kim Wilson, Bryan Lee, Paul Oscher, Jerry Portnoy, Watermelon Slim, Ron Levy, and David Maxwell, as well as a new generation of performers including Nick Moss, Doug Deming, JP Soars, Lindsay Beaver, and top European players like Kai Strauss, Jimmy Reiter, Raphael Wressnig, and Luca Giordano.     

After releasing his first CD - Have Horn Will Travel (Rounder/Bullseye) Gordon began leading his own bands and appearing as a special guest in the USA and Europe and has now been featured at clubs and festivals in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Scandinavia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Croatia, Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

Five more CDs followed - You Knock Me Out (Rounder/Bullseye), Live at the Sax Blast (Rounder Europe/Me & My Blues), SHOWTIME! (Continental Blue Heaven/Gotta Have Records), In The Wee Small Hours (Delmark), Rock & Roll Lives Here (Gotta Have Records) and more international tours, further establishing Gordon on the international circuit. Gordon also regularly collaborates with the remarkable Catalonian pianist Lluís Coloma with whom he recorded Racanrol (Fresh Sound Records) a CD collaboration of all-original music drawing from the traditions of Boogie-Woogie, Jazz, Blues, and Latin music.

Currently Gordon can be found leading his own groups worldwide as well as appearing as a special guest with groups all over the globe. He conducts clinics at schools and festivals and can still be found working as a sideman, backing both established performers and up-and-coming artists.