NEW CONCEPTIONS is a collective group of musicians celebrating their combined experience in composition and performance that stems from their extensive collaborations with legendary musicians such as David "Fathead" Newman, Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Dewey Redman, Ray Barretto, Pat Martino, Abbey Lincoln, and many more. 




    John Menegon's Quartet East

 JOHN MENEGON (bass), JOEL FRAHM (tenor/soprano sax)



The music focuses on the Positive. The line between the Blues and Modernity creates and allows the possibility of limitless intuitive expression through the music. Come join in the Sounds of Today with this unique conceptual group. 


I REMEMBER YOU (Inner Circle Music) **** Canadian-bred John Menegon is in the line of George Mraz and Michael Moore; a harmonically sophisticated bassist with technical facility who swings hard when it’s called for. Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat 

I REMEMBER YOU (Inner Circle Music 2014)

JOHN MENEGON (bass), TINEKE POSTMA (alto, soprano sax), FRANK KIMBROUGH (piano), MATT WILSON (drums), TERI ROIGER (voice).

I REMEMBER YOU is a dedication to the late, great musicians David "Fathead" Newman and Dewey Redman, with whom I had a working relationship for over fifteen years. Included on the CD are compositions dedicated to drummer Paul Motian, pianist/vocalist Ray Charles and the great Brazilian vocalist Gal Costa, All these musicians have greatly influenced and shaped my musical life as a creative artist.






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upcoming gigs

Jan 26
Cafe Bohemia
New York, NY
Feb 14
Lexington Hotel
New York, New York
Feb 25
Zucher Gallery
New York, NY
Feb 27
Spring Street Gallery
Saratoga, NY
Mar 7
Senate Garage
Kingston, NY

John Menegon Quartet "New Conceptions" Review

FEB 2019 New York City Jazz Record

The wide-open architecture that is Jazz at Kitano played host to echoes of the Jet Age and the sounds were utterly classic (Jan. 12th). These days, George Shearing is sadly overlooked, though 2019 marks his centenary; in his time, the pianist held international celebrity. His decidedly clean, modern jazz tightly arranged with vibraphone/piano/guitar lead eludes today’s rapid-fire attention span, so bassist John Menegon’s tribute was a refreshing antidote. In a set comprising repertoire of the Shearing Quintet, or similar Menegon originals, the ensemble offered airy versions of “Hallelujah”, “Oh Look at Me Now”, “Born to Be Blue”, “The Nearness of You” and “Lullaby of Birdland”. Propelled by the crisp, prodigious drumming of Yoron Israel (who softly took the music well beyond that of forbearer Denzil Best), the band’s time-warp featured solos by thrilling pianist John DiMartino and the leader. But up front was vibraphonist Steve Nelson, an alumnus of Shearing’s ‘80s band. His brilliant shimmer and dead-on melodic command allowed for a dose of nostalgia, but his forwardlooking approach has always recalled Bobby Hutcherson rather than Margie Hyams or Emil Richards, present during the mid-century glory days. A highlight was “Basso Profundo”, composed for Shearing by then-bassist John Levy: Menegon’s melodic line and masterful improv, as well as the band’s unison stop-time sections—a Shearing hallmark—made for a stunning performance. (JP) John Pietaro