“Jon Shenoy is without doubt a hidden gem. A unique multi-instrumentalist, he plays with sophistication, heart and soul and is equally eloquent on each. Jon’s compositions are intelligent and classy and I’ve very much enjoyed singing his wonderful arrangements which display a natural understanding of harmony and are deeply tender. Whether writing for strings or playing a soaring saxophone solo, Jon is an astonishingly gifted musician who is an asset to any ensemble.”
– Claire Martin OBE (Vocalist and BBC Radio 3 Broadcaster)
Jon Shenoy is a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer/arranger living in South London. A talented improviser and creative spirit, he plays a wide range of music and leads a number of celebrated ensembles.
Having been born in the cultural mecca that is Stevenage (Herts) to an Indian doctor and an English nurse with a love for classical music it was inevitable that his contribution to the world would be a healing of sorts, a soul vaccination if you will.
Somewhat a stylistic chameleon, he balances a prolific contribution towards the contemporary sounds of the London jazz scene in the Ivo Neame Octet, Rory Simmons’ Fringe Magnetic, Arthur Lea’s Bootleg Brass, & his own hammond organ quartet, Draw By Four.
As a sought-after woodwind specialist he brings a stylistic awareness of pastiche and sensitivity to the likes of Claire Martin’s Hollywood Romance, the Heritage Orchestra, and his own King Candy & The Sugar Push. Recent concerts include the North Sea Jazz Festival and repeated sell-out shows at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
“A total master of all his instruments over a bewildering array of idioms, Shenoy can hardly contain the force of his own inventiveness when he takes the microphone for his solo.”
– Pete Long (MD, Ronnie Scott’s Big Band)
Jon is endorsed by Vandoren reeds – a lovely company who grow, source and masterfully chop up little bits of cane; without which none of his instruments would sound as good.