Jon Katz is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and music copyist in the Philadelphia area who currently performs in the jazz, latin jazz, and salsa circuit. He also enjoys writing and performing original jazz music in collaboration with artists of modern dance under the collective name “States of Matter." He has been teaching in the Philadelphia Public Schools since 2009 as a full-time instrumental teacher.
A native of Norwalk, CT, Jon moved to Philadelphia to receive his Bachelors in Jazz Education from Temple University (2004-2008), where he played lead alto in the Temple Jazz Band under the direction of jazz master Terell Stafford; performing at the Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Hague Festival (Netherlands), and Dizzy’s Coca-Club (New York City). Later on, he received his Masters in Jazz Pedagogy from Capital University (2012-2014) under the direction of Bob Breithaupt, vice-president of the Jazz Education Network (JEN).
Jon was also the proud recipient of Downbeat Magazine’s Student Soloist Award in 2008.
Imagine an alto saxophonist who combines the funk and technique of David Sanborn with the harmolodics of Ornette Coleman, with a bit of Johnny Hodges’ lyricism thrown in for good measure. It’s hard to believe, but there is such a player, in the form of a young Philadelphian who prowls around the bandstand while playing a continuous stream of mind-blowing lines, a la an amped-up and uncaged Sonny Rollins. The saxophone player’s name is Jon Katz, and he is, simply, astounding.
-Bruce Klauber, Jazz Times
Mack the Knife - Jon Katz Live in Philly (K.Weill/B.Brecht)