Colin Gordon is a saxophonist, composer, and musical educator residing in New York City.
Colin Gordon is a saxophonist, composer, and musical educator residing in Rochester, NY. Originally from Corning, NY, Colin began playing saxophone at age nine and by the time he was in high school was performing regularly with a variety of local musicians. Colin went on to pursue his musical training studying with distinguished artists Steve Wilson, Jon Gordon, Michael Moore, Eric Alexander and Ramon Ricker. He formally studied music at SUNY Purchase, Prince Claus Conservatory (The Netherlands) and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at Eastman School of Music.
Colin has won various awards and prizes, most recently as the featured soprano saxophonist on Jennifer Bellor's piece Midnight Swim (2013) winning the DownBeat Outstanding Performance Award. Colin has performed extensively in New York City at venues such as Smalls, Birdland, Smoke, ShapeShifter Lab, Tea Lounge, Douglas Street Music Collective, Somethin' Jazz Club, Symphony Space and City Winery. He has also played at numerous international jazz festivals and clubs throughout The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Most recently he was a featured soloist with the UNLV Wind Orchestra at the Festival des Anches d'Azur (2016) in La Croix Valmer, France.
While many of his greatest influences in the saxophone include jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt and Lee Konitz, Colin has also found inspiration in various musical cultures throughout the world. He has developed a unique sound studying aspects of rhythm and melody from both Western and Eastern cultures. He is currently writing a book regarding microtonal music in jazz after receiving an award from Eastman's New Venture Challenge, as well as an instructional book on practicing rhythms in jazz.