Jon Gordon, Co-producer and Mastering engineer of Makana, has long been known as a New York City area session guitarist. His involvement with major label bands began in the late 70's as a charter member of Arista Records' power-pop band "Tycoon". Tycoon's eponymous first record, produced by Mutt Lange, scored a top twenty hit with "Such a Woman" featuring Jon on slide guitar.
He has since worked with both Madonna and Suzanne Vega as guitarist, musical director and arranger. Jon is featured as a soloist on three of Miss Vegas' US singles, including the Billboard #3 hit, triple Grammy nominee "Luka" on which he shares arranging credit. He has also toured with Mary Travers and singer!comedienne Christine Lavin. Throughout this time, Jon has maintained a presence on the New York club scene, working steadily with a number of local bands, notably Soozie Tyrell and Great Balls of Fire and The Cyclone Rangers. It was in The Cyclone Rangers that Jon and Tony Barca met, forging a strong personal and professional relationship over more than a decade of working together.
Since 1987, Jon has been focusing on his work as a producer, composer, arranger and engineer at his own studio facility, Jon Gordon Productions. He has worked on projects for such clients as Avon Corp, Fox Network, The American Heart Assoc., Weight Watchers, Simon & Schuster Audio, Warner-Chappell Music, E3rielle Music, Billy Straus Musicn In-Common Music, NJJ Music, Seiter and Miller, Patty Scialfa-Springsteen, The Uptown Horns and Lisa Loeb.
Most recently, Jon has added CD-R Mastering capability to the well-honed arsenal of music production services he offers at his facility. This is a natural outgrowth of his many years of experience with DAW-based sound editing systems.