Jon Herington is the veteran touring and recording guitarist for Steely Dan and The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue (featuring Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald), and the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the New York City based JON HERINGTON BAND. J Jon’s newest solo release, “Time On My Hands,” (his follow-up to earlier albums “shine (shine shine)” and “Like So”) reflects the bluesy, driving rock that had its gestation in the club scene, and is now available at jonherington.com, amazon.com, cdbaby.com and on iTunes. The undeniable chemistry of the band, built on a lifetime of collaboration with Dennis Espantman on bass and Frank Pagano on drums, is clearly evident in this collection of ten original songs.
Jon’s love for music surfaced early, and he 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.
Brooklyn-based Les Racquet’s recent appearance at the HBT so impressed us that we’re bringing them back to open the show for Jon Herington on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Les Racquet is a jazz-oriented, relentlessly touring, indie rock trio of musicians with jazz awareness and technique, who pride themselves on writing and performing music that can peak the interest of learned musicians as well as the mainstream listener. Imagine the creativity of the Bad Plus with three part harmonies and pop sensibility. Their sound has been likened to Dr. Dog (“on crack”) the Fleet Foxes (“…if someone gave them balls.”) Frank Zappa and Queen.