Jon Irabagon (MUS ’00) is constantly in motion. The first-generation Filipino-American saxophonist and DePaul alumnus is a restlessly inventive composer and bandleader, the founder of Irabbagast Records and an in-demand sideman with leading jazz peers including Dave Douglas, Mary Halvorson and Barry Altschul. Learn more about his career, personal background and DePaul education in this feature article.
In the film “LEGACY Jon Irabagon, A Solo Tenor Odyssey,” he remains in one place for 43 minutes, playing original compositions from nearly every stage in his career in a beautifully lit, artistically shot black-box theater environment. Irabagon also shares two previously unreleased songs, “Greebles” and “Alliance.” The film was directed by Julian Melanson and produced by Stephanie Matthews, executive director of A Tribe for Jazz, the Columbus, Ohio-based jazz advocacy organization that created it.
The film is both an extended reflection on the lineage of the horn itself and a statement on Irabagon’s own considerable artistic legacy.
Enjoy a teaser video of the film:
In this clip, Irabagon talks about how he came to work with A Tribe for Jazz and its team of specialists who captured his vision on film: