Inside Out

Inside Out

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Biography

JOHN MENEGON (bassist, composer, arranger) started his career as a jazz bassist in Montreal. After having worked for several years on the Canadian jazz scene with the great guitarist Sonny Greewich and saxophonists Steve Grossman and Pat LaBarbara, he then went on to hone his skills in NYC in the mid-80s. Since moving to New York City to study Jazz at Long Island University on a full scholarship, John has performed/recorded with Dewey Redman, David “Fathead” Newman, Matt Wilson, Frank Kimbrough, John Hicks, Yoron Israel, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra, Nick Brignola, Jimmy Cobb, Al Foster, Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, J.R. Monterose and many others. For the past nine years John has been an integral member of both the Dewey Redman Quartet (recently deceased) and the David “Fathead” Newman Quintet. These jazz legends have taken John around the world performing at Jazz Festivals & Clubs. He is featured on Newman's four most recent recordings on High Note. Menegon has recorded two CDs, SEARCH LIGHT and SOUL ADVICE, as a leader featuring his original compositions, and Search Light features Dewey Redman on sax. In the early ‘90s, John moved to the Woodstock area, where he met vocalist Teri Roiger. Together they formed a bass & voice duo, which led to the recording of their highly acclaimed CD MISTERIOSO featuring local residents and legendary jazz greats Jack DeJohnette and Kenny Burrell. He is also featured on Teri's latest release, STILL LIFE. John is featured on four CDs on Maki Records, an Indie record label created by Menegon and Roiger. In 2006 Menegon played at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Pat Metheny & Dewey Redman, performing music from Metheny’s CD 80/81. John also played at the Festival with the Dewey Redman Quartet featuring Matt Wilson (drums) and Frank Kimbrough (piano) which was acclaimed by the critics as the best performance of the entire Festival. John is currently teaching bass and jazz workshops at SUNY New Paltz and Williams College and working on a new recording with Inside Out and others.

Discography

SEARCH LIGHT (John Menegon’s release, Maki Records) John Menegon (bass), Dewey Redman (sax) John Gunther (sax), Mark Dziuba (guitar), Mark McLean (drums), Tani Tabbal (drums and percussion), Teri Roiger (voice)

SOUL ADVICE (John Menegon’s release, Maki Records) 2006. John Menegon (bass), John Gunther (sax & bass clarinet), Mark Dziuba (guitar), Tani Tabbal (drums)

LIFE (David Fathead Newman’s release, HighNote Records) 2007 / David Fathead Newman (sax and flute), John Menegon (bass), David Leonhardt (piano), Peter Bernstein (guitar), Steve Nelson (vibes), Yoron Israel (drums)

CITYSCAPE (David Fathead Newman’s release, HighNote Records) 2006 / David Fathead Newman (sax and flute), John Menegon (bass), David Leonhardt (piano), Howard Johnson (baritone sax), Yoron Israel (drums) #1 on JazzWeek charts!!

I REMEMBER BROTHER RAY (David Fathead Newman’s release, HighNote Records) 2005 David Fathead Newman (sax and flute), John Hicks (piano), John Menegon (bass), Steve Nelson (vibes), Winard Harper (drums) #1 on JazzWeek charts!!

STILL LIFE (Teri Roiger’s release on Maki Records) 2005. Teri Roiger (voice), Frank Kimbrough (piano), John Menegon (bass), Gil Goldstein (accordion) Matt Wilson (drums)

DEWEY REDMAN’S GUGGENHEIM GRANT PROJECT released August 2004 / A recording at Ornette Coleman’s studio featuring Dewey Redman, John Menegon, Joe Lovano, Michael Bocian, Leroy Jenkins, Pharoan Aklaff, Matt Wilson, Amina Claudine Meyers, Teri Roiger, Judi Silvano, Lydija Redman

SONG FOR THE NEW MAN (David Fathead Newman’s release, HighNote Records) 2004 / David Fathead Newman (sax and flute), John Hicks (piano), John Menegon (bass), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Jimmy Cobb (drums)

ANTHONY BRAXTON’S TRILLIUM R, composition no. 162 (Opera In Four Acts) 1991

FIFTH HOUSE (collaborative project released on Imaginary Records) 2000 / John Menegon (bass), Adam Rafferty (guitar), Jeff Siegel (drums)

MISTERIOSO (Teri Roiger/John Menegon release on King Records in Japan and Maki Records in the U.S.) 1998. Teri Roiger (voice), Kenny Burrell (guitar), John Menegon (bass/arranger), Jack DeJohnette (drums)

THROW OUT THE LIFE LINE
(Linda Gibbs/Pat McKearn release) 2000

IF I SHOULD LOSE YOU (Sarah James release) 1995