Jon Herington is a longtime New York city based guitarist, singer/songwriter, producer, and bandleader. He is the leader of the Jon Herington Band and has been the guitarist of choice with the iconic band Steely Dan for both recording and touring since 1999. He has four solo recordings in his discography, the most recent of which is “Time On My Hands,” nominated for Vintage Guitar Hall Of Fame Album of the Year. Jon recently released the book, “Arrangements for Guitar,” a collection of 18 songs arranged for unaccompanied guitar in the unique “chord melody” style of solo jazz guitar that he discovered as a young guitar student. He has also expanded his role as an educator by offering his first course on TrueFire, home to the world’s most comprehensive library of guitar instruction.

A love of music surfaced early, and Jon studied piano, saxophone, and harmony in his grade school years. Just before his high school years, however, he developed a passion for pop music and the electric guitar, and soon was writing songs and performing with his own band near his New Jersey Shore home doing opening slots for local hero Bruce Springsteen, beginning a performing career that has continued ever since. College followed, with extensive musical studies in both classical and jazz composition and theory at Rutgers University, and private jazz guitar study, with the help of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, with the late, great jazz guitarist, Harry Leahey. Next came several years of study with the late Dennis Sandole, the acclaimed music teacher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who once taught the late greats James Moody and John Coltrane.

In 1992 Jon released "The Complete Rhyming Dictionary" (remastered and retitled as "Pulse and Cadence”), an instrumental recording showcasing eight of his own compositions as well as the brilliant playing of keyboardist Jim Beard, bassist Victor Bailey, drummer Peter Erskine, and percussionist Arto Tuncboyacian.

Over the years Jon’s work has included session recording; performing with many Broadway shows; teaching; and work as a composer and arranger.

Jon's solo releases are "Time On My Hands," "shine (shine shine)," "Like So," and "Pulse and Cadence." Other recording highlights include the Walter Becker release "Circus Money;" the newest Donald Fagen release "Sunken Condos," as well as his prior release "Morph the Cat;" and the Steely Dan albums "Two Against Nature" (Grammy Award Winner) and "Everything Must Go." Jon can also be seen on Steely Dan's Live “Two Against Nature” DVD; the "Making of Aja" DVD (from the “Classic Albums” series); and the Dukes of September “Live at Lincoln Center” DVD.

Jon tours regularly with unique song stylist Madeleine Peyroux and has previously toured with Donald Fagen; Boz Scaggs; The Dukes of September (a supergroup featuring Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald); Bette Midler; Phoebe Snow; and Bobby Caldwell.

Currently Jon's work remains a combination of free-lancing as a guitarist and producer in New York, song-writing and band-leading work with his own group, and world-wide touring in support of some of the world's most renowned musical artists.


Photos by Susan Johnson