Jon Regen

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"Jon Regen’s new album is one of the best things we’ve heard so far this year.”
– GARY GRAFF, BILLBOARD

OCT 28, 2019

Rolling Stone's David Browne calls "Before" a "powerfully introspective political rock song," saying, "Over a steady electro-pulse and a warm bath of synths, Regen, a New York-area singer, songwriter, pianist and journalist, reflects on what we’ve done to our world and what we can all do to salvage it before everything is ruined.” Read the full profile HERE.
 

OCT 17, 2019

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Nick Cristiano gives Higher Ground three and 1/2 stars writing, "The piano man has always exuded an impeccable stylishness, a blend of earthiness and sophistication that recalls such fellow masters of the 88s as Allen Toussaint and Bruce Hornsby (a big fan)... Regen moves easily from elegiac ballads to bursts of boogie and New Orleans-flavored R&B, making them all seem of a piece. Read the full review HERE.

OCT 16, 2019

AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gives Higher Ground four stars saying, "Regen glides between jazz, blues, R&B, and pop, slyly dividing his time between introspection and celebration. He remains a gifted purveyor of sophisticated uptown pop." Read the full review HERE.

OCT 5, 2019

Marc Myers (The Wall Street Journal, JazzWax) says with Higher Ground, "Jon delivers his best jazz-pop album to date. Jon's voice has a hip sophistication—relaxed but shrewd—and the shifting songs have a way of growing on you." Read the full review HERE.

 OCT 4, 2019

Jon Regen's Higher Ground has been named ALBUM OF THE WEEK by The Oakland Press. Read the feature HERE. And Glide Magazine says, "This one has it all – solid songs, great playing, some provocative lyrics, and Regen’s eminently listenable vocals too." Read the full review HERE.

SEPT 24, 2019

Jamie Cullum premieres "East Side Blues" from Higher Ground on BBC Radio 2. Click HERE to listen from 26:28.

SEPT 12, 2019

Billboard premieres "Who Cares If Everybody Else Knows" from Higher Ground. Click HERE  to read the feature.

AUG 2, 2019

Pre-order my new album Higher Ground HERE and get the songs “Wide Awake” and “Higher Ground” instantly!

 

AUG 1, 2019

Forbes premieres title track of Jon Regen's new album Higher Ground. Click HERE to read the feature

JULY 16, 2019

Click HERE to listen to "Wide Awake," the first single from Jon Regen's new album Higher Ground out 10/4/19 on Ropeadope

Listen to "Wide Awake" on Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio 2 show from 37:53 HERE 

Read the features in JAZZIZ and PARADE

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT JON REGEN & HIGHER GROUND

“Jon Regen has a rare combination of elements - virtuosic playing ability, soulful singing, and a strong songwriting talent, all developing more and more as he grows and grows as an artist through the years. Give him a freaking listen!”

BRUCE HORNSBY

"He's a really classy singer, he writes beautiful songs, and he's got a great new album called Higher Ground that's really wonderful."

JAMIE CULLUM, BBC RADIO 2

"Over a steady electro-pulse and a warm bath of synths, Regen, a New York-area singer, songwriter, pianist and journalist, reflects on what we’ve done to our world and what we can all do to salvage it before everything is ruined... A powerfully introspective political rock song."

ROLLING STONE

"Higher Ground covers a great deal of ground on it 11 tracks, including nods to Regen's hero Bruce Hornsby, to Steely Dan and to his taste for synthy new wave."

BILLBOARD 

“With smooth as silk vocals and a jazzy groove, synth lines, slick bass and a very cool vibe, Regen makes ‘Wide Awake’ contemporary and relevant.”

PARADE

"FOUR STARS. Regen glides between jazz, blues, R&B, and pop, slyly dividing his time between introspection and celebration. He remains a gifted purveyor of sophisticated uptown pop."

ALLMUSIC

"THREE AND 1/2 STARS. The piano man has always exuded an impeccable stylishness, a blend of earthiness and sophistication that recalls such fellow masters of the 88s as Allen Toussaint and Bruce Hornsby (a big fan)... Regen moves easily from elegiac ballads to bursts of boogie and New Orleans-flavored R&B, making them all seem of a piece. "

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

"ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Treat yourself to some sophisticated and heartfelt music with singer-songwriter-keyboardist Jon Regen's new album, Higher Ground."

THE OAKLAND PRESS

"This one has it all – solid songs, great playing, some provocative lyrics, and Regen’s eminently listenable vocals too."

GLIDE MAGAZINE

“This is a very cool track. You'll love the groove and the whispery vocal and tasty, restrained, soulful playing that makes you smile. Dig it!”

STEVE LUKATHER (TOTO)

"His best jazz-pop album to date. Jon's voice has a hip sophistication—relaxed but shrewd—and the shifting songs have a way of growing on you."

MARC MYERS (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, JAZZWAX)

“Just when you think there are no more classic songwriters out there in the landscape, a Jon Regen comes along.”

ROB THOMAS

“This guy is entirely himself, but I love some of the musical hauntings there in his recordings: Randy Newman, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, even those beloved interpreters of standards like Ella Fitzgerald or Tony Bennett who sing each word like it's a precious thing. Bottom line: I like it when I hear a singer-songwriter and feel like I want to have dinner with him or her. Jon Regen does that to me. And I'm not even hungry right now.”  

WARREN ZANES (AUTHOR, PETTY: THE BIOGRAPHY)

"Songs such as 'Wide Awake' and 'Who Cares if Everybody Else Knows' (featuring a classic bit by Nick Rhodes) work because they're not trying to Top-40 hits; they’re just really good."

PURE POP FOR NOW PEOPLE

“Regen explores the human condition with a rare warmth. His voice and playing are like close friends meant to carry you through dark nights and bright days.”

JEDD BEAUDOIN (KMUW/NPR)

“Jon Regen has taken his talents to the next step with 'Wide Awake.' Well-crafted and played with heartfelt expertise, creative musicality and production…and did I mention excellent vocals? Well done, Brother Jon!”

CHUCK LEAVELL (THE ROLLING STONES)

“I absolutely love this song by Jon Regen. The fact that it was done remotely in different parts of the globe is truly amazing. Since his days studying with me at Rutgers University, Jon has become an incredible composer, singer - we already knew he was an amazing pianist. I need to add producer to that list!”

KENNY BARRON

“Singer, songwriter & lyrical pianist Jon Regen returns with 'Wide Awake,' a next-step, immediately memorable track with a hint of early 70s Stevie Wonder & Earth, Wind & Fire-infused harmonic slide. The stuttering start of the piano solo alone has been stuck in my head for a week!”

BENMONT TENCH (TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS)