Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Jon Raskin
Saxophonist, composer, Rova member, band leader
Jon Raskin has been a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet for the last 28 years exploring the relationship of improvisation and composition, developing and honing the language of ensemble music and researching linguistic possibilities of the saxophone. He has performed and/ or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Sam Rivers, Tim Berne, Phillip Johnston, Leo Smith and Henry Kaiser. Currents CD's include Let's go Totally Spinning, Rova Saxophone Quartet (Black Saint), Music + One(Rastascan), Kaolithic Music, Jaw Harp Music recorded in a 587 Gallon Vase(Evander Music) and The Bass & the Bird Pond,Jon Raskin/Tim Berne Quartet(New World). He is also working with a new Quartet (JR Quartet) with Liz Allbee, George Cremaschi and Gino Robair that features new compositions for improvisers by Jon Raskin using graphic scores.

Phillip Greenlief and Jon Raskin have been presenting the 2 + 2 Series at the 1 Grand Performance Gallery where they invite two musicians that play similar instruments to join them performing improvisations and compositions. J
Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, January 23 2019 7:00 PM
Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin St]
Prepare to party...avant grade Rat Pack sounds with style from Jon Raskin, Tom Djll, Barbara Golden, Tania Chen, John Schott  More...
Wednesday, January 23 2019 7:30 PM
Tom's Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Former Bay Area resident, pianist Tania Chen is back in town for a few days and has agreed to spend an evening playing at Tom's Place with Jon Raskin, Tom Djll and Barb Golden -- the Rat Pack of Bay Area improvisors.

Opening the show will be guitarist John Schott, who, surprisingly, has never played at Tom's Place before. We're looking forward to hearing from him.  More...
CDs on which Jon Raskin appears:
John English, Jim Kerwin, George Marsh, Jon Raskin Edges
Artist: John English, Jim Kerwin, George Marsh, Jon Raskin
Title: Edges
Label: Evander Music Em 039
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 039
Jon Raskin Quartet Jon Raskin Quartet
Artist: Jon Raskin Quartet
Title: Jon Raskin Quartet
Label: Rastascan Records BRD 059
Label page on this site: Rastascan Records
Rastascan Records BRD 059
Out by 5 Shards from a Future Utopia
Artist: Out by 5
Title: Shards from a Future Utopia
Label: Rastascan Records BRD 1234
Label page on this site: Rastascan Records
Rastascan Records BRD 1234
T.D. Skatchit & Company T.D. Skatchit & Company
Artist: T.D. Skatchit & Company
Title: T.D. Skatchit & Company
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4096
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4096
Philip Gelb between/waves
Artist: Philip Gelb
Title: between/waves
Label: Sparkling Beatnik Records SBR0006
Label page on this site: Sparkling Beatnik Records
Sparkling Beatnik Records SBR0006
Kaolithic Music The Dynamite Sessions
Artist: Kaolithic Music
Title: The Dynamite Sessions
Label: Evander Music Em 026
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 026