Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Madof has collaborated with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Frank London, Daniel Carter, and many others on the New York music scene. He leads the 'Jewish power trio' Rashanim and is a member of the collective improv/groove band Ruckus Trio. With Rashanim, he has recorded extensively for John Zorn's Tzadik Records label. He has composed music for film, dance, and theater, including a collaboration in 2003 with the NYC movement theater company Collision Theory. He performs regularly in New York City at venues including Tonic, the Knitting Factory, Makor, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Jon was born into a musical household in Philadelphia in 1974. He started on trombone at a young age before switching to guitar in his teens. A love of classic rock first fueled his passion for music, which gave way to an obsession with jazz when he attended Oberlin College. After finishing school, he moved back to Philadelphia to study with jazz guitarist Jimmy Bruno. There he met bassist Michael Taylor, and the two formed the Taylor/Madof Group, exploring improvised music with roots stretching from funk to the avant-garde. In 2000, he and his wife moved to Brooklyn, where he began collaborating with other NYC musicians.
Rashanim is a trio of guitar, bass and drums/percussion drawing on influences including Jewish melodies, indie rock, punk, and 'downtown' jazz. The trio is anchored by Shanir Blumenkranz (Satlah, Lemon Juice Quartet, Pharaoh's Daughter) on bass, and Mathias Kunzli (Mecca Bodega, George Garzone) on drums and percussion. The band gets its name from the noisemakers used during the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Taylor / Madof Group: Anamnesis (1999), Live at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus (2000); Edge City Collective: Guitarrasalto (2000), Kosmischstrasse (2001); Rashanim: Rashanim (2003); Masada Anniversary edition vol. 2: Voices in the Wilderness (2003); Masada Anniversary edition vol. 3: The Unknown Masada (2003); Jacob do Bandolim: Great Jewish Music (2004)