Menegon worked for several years on the Canadian jazz scene before moving to New York City in the mid-80s to study Jazz at Long Island University on a full scholarship.
Since then John has performed and recorded with many jazz legends, and was an integral member of the Dewey Redman Quartet and the David “Fathead” Newman Quintet for the last ten years of their lives. He has played and/or recorded with Matt Wilson, John Hicks, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron, Paul Bley, Al Foster, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, and many others.
As well as leading his own bands, John is an active, in-demand sideman on the New York jazz scene. Menegon is currently teaching in the Jazz Department at SUNY New Paltz (New Paltz, NY). He has created and taught Jazz Workshops on the music of Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis, and Charles Mingus at Williams College (Williamstown, MA). He has also taught master classes at Jazz Festivals around the world.
In 2014, Menegon’s latest CD, “I Remember You,” received a four-star review in Downbeat Magazine. His project “Quartet East,” a dedication to Charlie Haden, features Joel Frahm, Frank Kimbrough, and Steve Williams. John’s current release with Quartet East is titled “Blew By Blues” and available on Dot Time Records.