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The Jon Saxx Experience

By Todd R. Sciore

Jon Saxx

Jon Saxx

Always impeccably dressed, Jon Saxx is Miami’s very own saxophone Superman who left the corporate grind in his rearview mirror and dove head long into a music career.  Jon generously shared with us his love of jazz and the story behind his success and latest album, The Jon Saxx Experience.

The Midwestern Music Man
It was back in Cincinnati, Ohio, where a precocious 10 year old, guided by doting parents with a love of music, first picked up the saxophone. “My parents strongly encouraged my decision to play the saxophone, but I would be required to play until I graduated from high school… I was inspired very deeply by music and the saxophone was my first instrument, my only instrument.  I was captivated by its harmonious sounds. The saxophone and my soul are truly joined in melodic matrimony,” Saxx said. Inspired by musicians, such as Kenny G, Grover Washington Jr., and John Coltrane, Jon continued playing during college. “I was accepted into Miami University in Ohio on an academic scholarship for manufacturing engineering. I played the saxophone for the Miami University Gospel Singers.”

With an engineering degree in hand, Jon entered the corporate world with Johnson & Johnson. However, in 2007, while working as a lean manufacturing engineer of embolic coils for the brain, he was laid off. Most people would consider it a major setback. But the resilient Jon Saxx isn’t like most people. “I told my parents that I was giving myself one year to see if I could create some entrepreneurship opportunities for myself in music; otherwise I would go back to Corporate America.”  After establishing his business, Jon Saxx Entertainment Group, along with a band Endless Possibilities, the opportunities opened up and he never looked back. “I became the official saxophone player for the NBA Miami Heat basketball team, performing the Star Spangled Banner once a month at home games. We also
became the official house band for Blue World Travel “Festival At Sea” on Carnival Cruise Lines and the official house band for the NFL Miami Dolphins football team. “We perform at all the home games on the Club Level,” Saxx said.  They even won a competition to play at the Jamaican Jazz and Blues Festival in Montego Bay.

As his entertainment engagements increased and name recognition continued to build, Jon knew it was time to release a CD and spread his free-flowing sound to a wider audience.  Jon enlisted Grammy-nominated producer Jason Farmer to oversee the new album entitled, “The Jon Saxx Experience,” which showcases Saxx’s jazz chops while infusing other musical genres. “I wanted to introduce myself musically. I chose 11 songs that express my musical thoughts, feelings and emotions. This is an introduction to the sound track that has been playing in my mind. I broke it down and wrote it note by note,” Saxx said.  Several noteworthy tracks include the breezy Latin-tinged Lost In Spain and a reggae jazz send up of the Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney duet The Girl Is Mine.  “I created the song Klark Kent as a self-reflection of the path I took to become Jon Saxx.  I was once a medical device engineer during the day, but at night
I became Jon Saxx,” he said.

jon-saxx-coverEndless Possibilities
For those looking to replicate Jon’s bold career move, it would be wise to remember that successfully carving out a niche in the arts requires tremendous dedication. Jon’s formal training
has been put to good use. “I had to get into the mindset of an entrepreneur when it came to the music business,” he said.  “I utilized the principles of lean manufacturing to help me create a strategic plan for success.” The ever optimistic Saxx added the following sage advice to budding musicians, “Never let your passion become work.  Make sure you love what you do and understand what your purpose is in life.  It’s hard to get to your dream if you don’t know what your dream looks like. Mastery of self is very hard to do, but once you know yourself, the sky is the limit.”  With four singles released digitally, the sky seems the only limit to the success of Jon Saxx and his aptly named band of brothers, Endless Possibilities.

To download Jon’s latest album, or for booking information, go to www.jonsaxx.com.

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