A new talent based in Seattle.
At a young age Jon Sheckler is proving to be a well versed musician
and a up and coming band leader in the Seattle area. As a drummer, Jon
has had the opportunity to play with some of today's leading players
including trumpeter Clay Jenkins, award winning vocalist Catherine
Jensen-Hole, Chicago bluesman Al Rowe, and Seattle jazz luminaries
Chad McCullough, Reuel Lubag, Mark Taylor, Jay Wienstien, Darrius
Willrich, Jim Cutler, Todd Delgudice, Ryan Keberle, Rob Tapper,
Jonathan Pugh, Dan Keberle and percussionist Micheal Spiro. During his
time at the University of Northern Colorado he has performed with
distinction with Jazz Lab II, Percussion Ensemble I, and the
University Wind Ensemble. Jon also performed at the First United
Methodist Church in Seattle, WA.
Jon was recognized as an outstanding musician at the 2010 UNC/Greeley
Jazz Festival and was nominated as a Rising Star at the 2010
Inside/Out Jazz awards presented by Lucid Jazz Lounge and J&J Music.
His composition Water Marks won the undergraduate portion of the
2009 UNC Jazz Composers Contest. As an educator, Jon has been a
faculty member at Day Jams Rock Camps, as well as an instructor for
Musical Minds Keyboard Club. Jon also directed the Bellevue High
School Jazz Band II as well as teaching privately.
In Seattle, Jon has performed at the Bellevue Jazz Festival as a guest
performer with the Bellevue High School Jazz Combo along with featured
performances at Tula's Jazz Club, Egan's Ballard Jam House, Lucid Jazz
Lounge, Faire Gallery Cafe, Locol, the Seamonster Lounge, and the
Joowanaroo Music Festival in Maple Falls, WA. Also, Jon has regularly
been featured and frequently hosted jam sessions at Lakeside Bistro in
Seattle. The Jon Sheckler Group, featuring Robin Cain (b), Seth
Ahnert (p), and Devin Duval (ts), was chosen to perform on the radio
program Sonarchy Radio in 2010. Jon also debuted a new suite on
Sonarchy in 2013 titled Bodies of Water written for octet featuring
Bren Plummer, Jory Tindall, and Reuel Lubag among others. With the
release of Cable Street, featuring Darrius Willrich and Nathan
Parker, Jon will become a featured artist for Critical Sun Records.
He is also working with Critical Sun artist Jackie Sullivan.
Jon has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University
of Northern Colorado.
My Jazz Story
I have played sports, written stories, tried to make movies, and done
bunch of other activities meant to foster creativity, but none of
things have excited me the way jazz has. It wakes me up. It makes me
smile when there is nothing to smile about. My knowledge of the world
was created through jazz colored glasses. Having been a professional
for several years now, I realized that other music is fine, but jazz
is what truly excites me. It speaks for me when my words fail. It
challenges me when nothing else can. It comforts me when none will.
Jazz is a major part of my life from when I first heard the Count
Basie band on record in middle school. There is nothing else I would
sacrifice for in this world outside of my family.