Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Menegon, John (Anthony)
Menegon is one of four children and was raised in Montreal (Canada). John's father was a jazz fan and John grew up listening to jazz and learning about visual arts. In addition to being a jazz bassist, John is also a visual artist, and has shown his paintings in Upstate New York. John has a brother who is a dancer and he also has twin sisters. He is currently married to jazz singer Teri Roiger and lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. John was raised and educated in Montreal, Canada, where he attended Concordia University.
He started his career as a jazz bassist in Montreal where he worked with the great guitarist Sonny Greenwich and saxophonists Steve Grossman and Pat LaBarbara. He then received a full scholarship to study at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York, where he studied with bassist Reggie Workman. Since moving to the U.S. from Montreal, John has performed/recorded with Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra, Nick Brignola, Kenny Burrell, Jay Clayton, Jimmy Cobb, Jack DeJohnette, Al Foster, Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, J.R. Monterose, David "Fathead" Newman, Adam Nussbaum, Dewey Redman, Francesca Tanksley, Pete Yellin, and many others. In the early '90s, John moved to the Woodstock area, where he met vocalist Teri Roiger. Together they formed a bass & voice duo. John then formed a cooperative group with Adam Rafferty (guitar) and Jeff Siegel (drums) and recorded a CD in his home studio.
Since 1998 Menegon has been the bassist for the Texas tenors Dewey Redman and David Fathead Newman. He continues to work and record with both of them (quartets and quintets) and has toured with both of them extensively throughout the world and the U.S.
Teri Roiger and John Menegon: Misterioso (1998); Fifth House; Search Light (2004); Sound Advice (2005);
Sarah James: If I Should Lose You (1995); Anthony Braxton: Trillium R Opera (1999); Teri Roiger: Still Life (2004); David Fathead Newman: Song For The New Man (2004), Remembering Brother Ray (2005)