about jon

 

 

Since moving to Houston in 2013, Jon has become one of the city’s top call bassists. Adept at both upright and electric bass, Jon plays all over the state with a wide variety of groups. Jon can be seen regularly with Tianna Hall and the Houston Jazz Band, The Danny Ray Trio, The Royal Dukes Band, The Frontman Band, and the Charlie Perez Trio.

Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Jon Wegge completed his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2003 at De Paul in Chicago, IL where he was fortunate to study with Larry Gray and Kelly Sill. After playing in Chicago as a freelance bassist for two years, Jon continued his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where in 2007 he completed a masters in Jazz Studies and studied with Chip Stephens and Jeff Grubbs. As well as playing in the central Illinois area, Jon was able to teach Jazz Bass lessons at Knox College from 2006-2008 as well as at Lincoln Land Community College and Lincoln Christian College from 2007-2008.

From 2008-2013, Jon lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan and maintained a healthy performance schedule in Michigan as well as traveling to Chicago and Detroit. In addition to performances as a sideman, Jon had the pleasure of playing with the Bryan Michael Fischer Band, one of west Michigan’s premier Blues/Rock bands as well as The Renegades, a Chicago based jazz-fusion band, which was formed in 2000. The Renegades have released three albums “Doppler Olympics”, “Stuffed Animal Baseball”, and “Duncannon Shenanigan”. Jon can also be heard on “Esencial” by Hector Hermosillo, “Noisy Picks and Humbars” by Nick Peraino and Blue Moon Risin’ as well as a recording of the Paul Mutzabaugh Trio.

Some of the artists Jon has had the privilege of sharing the stage with include: Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Louie Bellson, John Faddis, Tim Reis, Randy Brecker, David “Fathead” Newman, Tianna Hall, Dennis Dotson, Jesse Palter, Mike Jellick, Keith Hall, Paul Mutzabaugh, Frank Alongi, Kris Myers, Chris Siebold, Hector Hermosillo, Terry Lower, Neil Gordon, Larry Ochiltree, Chip Stephens, Chip McNeill, and Everett Greene.