Jon Gold

“I felt much the same passion as I felt back when I first listened to Brazilian music. Bravo!!"
- Phil Woods

“Jon Gold is a wonderfully soulful pianist..."
Tim Jackson
Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival

Jon is a NYC Jazz pianist/composer working with world class jazz artists, holds a PhD in chemistry, the first scientist to melt a diamond, working with universities on the chemical evolution of wine and studied Brazilian music in Rio…sounds like five different people?  No, it is Jon Gold alone.

Gold grew up in the SF Bay Area playing classical music and went crazy in the 70s for jazz legends John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner. He also studied jazz improvisation and performed with saxophone legend Joe Henderson.

Brazilian music became a driving creative force in Gold’s life as he developed an early love for Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’66, and then dug further into the catalogs of Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins, legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim and the traditional sounds of the Northeast region. This brought Jon to live, teach and study music in Brazil where he lived and taught at the Catholic University of Rio De Janeiro from 1990-95.

Then there’s the chemistry side of Gold’s resume. He became an avid student of how chemical analysis aids in key decisions in winemaking. After studying at Cornell, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz. Jon’s research at Cornell resulted in his surprising and accidental discovery: the first melting of a diamond.

His 2010 album of original compositions, “Brazil Confidential” (Zoho Music) was called “a landmark album” by All About Jazz.

Gold’s latest CD “Bossa of Possibility”, on BluJazz, includes all original music with Brazilian, jazz and French elements. The disc features world class artists from NYC including renowned bassist Harvie S, drummer Mauricio Zottarelli (Esperanza Spaulding), saxophonist Jon Irabagon (winner of 2008 Thelonius Monk Competition), violinist Zach Brock (Stanley Clarke Band), harmonica man Howard Levy (one of the founders of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) and the legendary saxophonist Dave Liebman.

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