Gordon Au


Since graduating from the Monk Institute, widely renowned as the highest-level jazz education program in the world, Gordon Au has been making waves in both traditional and modern jazz circles, all from his home base in New York City. His unique creative voice blends influences that span a full century: from the traditional/early jazz of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke to the modern jazz of the new millenium.

As an undergraduate, Gordon studied jazz composition and performance at Berklee College of Music, where he recorded with Danilo Perez, co-arranged and recorded with Tiger Okoshi, and performed with Max Weinberg, Jimmy Heath, Makoto Ozone, Bob Mintzer, George Garzone, and Ralph Peterson. Under the tutelage of Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Joanne Brackeen, Hal Crook, Tiger Okoshi, Phil Wilson, Ed Tomassi, and Dave Santoro, among others, Gordon graduated in 2007 with a full scholarship and top departmental awards in both jazz composition and performance.

Following Berklee, Gordon was selected as one of just seven fellows at the inaugural New Orleans class of the Thelonious Monk Institute for Jazz Performance, where, under the artistic direction of Terence Blanchard, he and his colleagues honed their skills at performing, composing, and teaching. They gave concerts, clinics, and private lessons in Louisiana as well as around the globe, including New Delhi, Mumbai, the Panama Jazz Festival, and Hollywood. Through the Institute, Gordon studied and performed with some of greatest living masters of jazz and beyond: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chaka Khan, Zakir Hussain, George Benson, Ravi Shankar, Shankar Mahadevan, Brian Blade, George Duke, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Danilo Perez, Lewis Nash, Ellis Marsalis, Buster Williams, Nicholas Payton, John Scofield, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Steve Coleman, Barry Harris, Kurt Elling, Nnenna Freelon, James Genus, Kendrick Scott, Brice Winston, and artistic director Terence Blanchard.


While at the Monk Institute, Gordon co-founded the New Orleans Moonshiners, a group described in the press as “a trad jazz band with new souls” that has “taken the area by storm, gaining a huge fan base and lots of critical acclaim,” and had their east coast debut at Lincoln Center in 2010. Their second album, including four of Gordon’s originals, was nominated for traditional jazz album of the year by New Orlean’s Offbeat magazine. Presently, Gordon frequently appears at music festivals around the country as both Guest Artist and as leader of the Au Brothers Jazz Band. In New York, Gordon leads the Grand St. Stompers, a traditional jazz band hailed as “the past, present, future rolling on!” by music writers; they perform around the nation, at such venues as the famed Cafe Carlyle and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (upcoming). In addition, Gordon maintains a busy schedule of concerts, dances, festivals, exchanges, and camps, with popular groups including the Grammy-winning Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Dandy Wellington & His Band, Baby Soda, Tamar Korn & Friends, Glenn Crytzer, and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s WeBop ensemble.

In the modern vein, Gordon has performed with Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Ellis and Jason Marsalis, Ron Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Lewis Nash, and George Benson; toured internationally with Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, and George Duke; and recorded with the Danilo Perez Big Band and Grammy winners Brian Blade and George Garzone, among others. In 2011–12, Gordon toured internationally with tenor saxophonist and Monk Competition winner Melissa Aldana; their 2012 album Second Cycle, featuring an innovative chordless quartet and three of Gordon’s original compositions, won the Altazor National Arts Award in Chile for Best Album. His musical tours in both traditional and modern jazz arenas have taken him to India, Japan, Australia, England, France, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, Israel, and Panama.

In addition to producing and writing albums for the Grand St. Stompers and Au Brothers Jazz Band, Gordon has written big band arrangements for Terence Blanchard, co-arranged and recorded with Tiger Okoshi, transcribed for Chaka Khan, and completed several commissions for the 3rd-stream Blue Moon Ensemble. In 2013, Gordon served as Musical Director, conductor, and arranger for the genre-blending album Ejazz Con Jota by Carmen París, featuring Gordon’s big band jazz arrangements of Spanish jota songs.

Gordon has served as guest lecturer at Loyola University of New Orleans, taught at UC Berkeley, served as Visiting Artist at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, served as clinician and adjudicator at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival, taught at countless music camps, and given clinics in New Orleans, New York, Panama, Finland, and Japan. Currently, Gordon teaches and appears as Guest Artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s WeBop program.


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