Jon Herington (born Jonathan Reuel Herington on April 14, 1954 in Paterson, New Jersey) is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, and session musician. He is Steely Dan's lead guitarist. He has been active on the New York City music scene since 1985.
Herington was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and grew up in West Long Branch, New Jersey on the Jersey Shore. His first band (called Highway) opened for local Bruce Springsteen on several occasions. He started playing piano and then saxophone, but began playing guitar when his friends left their guitars at his house as a child. Herington studied guitar with Ted Dunbar while at Rutgers University and also studied privately with Harry Leahey and Dennis Sandole. In 1999, toward the end of the recording of their 2000 released album Two Against Nature, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan wanted to hire another rhythm guitar player for some tracks. Ted Baker, a close friend of Herington's, was playing keyboard for the band and Becker and Fagen asked for a recommendation for a guitarist. Baker provided Herington's 1992 album, The Complete Rhyming Dictionary, a collection of Herington original instrumentals, to Becker and Fagen. Soon after, Herington got a call to record "Janie Runaway" and toured with Steely Dan to promote the album. In 2000, Herington released a solo album, entitled Like So. In 2003, Steely Dan had him back to record their release, Everything Must Go, as well as to tour in promotion of the album. In 2006, Donald Fagen hired Herington to play on and tour for his solo album Morph the Cat. He appears on Walter Becker's latest solo album Circus Money. In 2010 and again in 2012, Jon joined the Dukes of September touring group which is composed of Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. On June 14, 2012, the band performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote their 2012 summer concert tour.
Herington plays a Gibson CS-336 and a Fender Telecaster (he also has affiliation with Hamer, playing Artist Korina, Monaco Elite, Newport, and Talladega models) through a Shure wireless transmitter to a Guytron GT100 amplifier with a Guytron speaker cabinet containing two unmatched Celestion 12 inch speakers. The Guytron is a 100 watt channel switching amp with an interesting twist: it has an intermediate power amp stage with two EL-84 tubes used for overdrive tone (located in the circuit before the quartet of EL-34 power amp tubes). Favorite guitar strings: Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound .010 - .046.
- The Complete Rhyming Dictionary (1992)
- Like So (2000)
- Pulse and Cadence (2008)
- Shine Shine Shine (2011)
- Time on My Hands (2012)
Also appears on (partial list)
- Sunken Condos (2012)- Donald Fagen
- Circus Money (2008) - Walter Becker
- Morph The Cat (2006) - Donald Fagen
- Red Thread (2004) - Lucy Kaplansky
- Everything Must Go (2003) - Steely Dan
- Outbreak (2002) - Dennis Chambers
- Every Single Day (2001) - Lucy Kaplansky
- Two Against Nature (2000) - Steely Dan
- Cry, Cry, Cry (1998) - Cry Cry Cry
- Lost at the Carnival (1994) - Jim Beard
- Music on the Edge (1991) - Chroma
- Now You See It...Now You Don't (1990) - Michael Brecker
- Song of the Sun (1990) - Jim Beard
- Toe to Toe (1990) - Randy Brecker
- Ready to Bounce (1981) - Robert Kraft
- Ross, Craig Hunter (2013). "Interviews". Jon Herington of Steely Dan Talks About His Musical Journey and Time on My Hands. Guitar International. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- Thibodeaux, Tracy (16 May 2013). "Pods o' Pop-Jon Herington Part 1". Interview. Pods o' Pop. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
- Smith, Joan K. (19 April 2011). "The Blog". Jon Herington's New Frontier: Renowned Steely Dan Guitarist Discusses His Musical Journey. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- Gleason, Paul. "An Interview with Steely Dan’s Jon Herington". Caught in the Carousel. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- Blotnick, Emmy (15 June 2012). "The Blog". The Dukes Of September Rhythm Revue Perform “I’ll Be Good To You”. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- Shadrick, Jason (30 November 2011). "Rig Rundown". Steely Dan’s Jon Herington. Premier Guitar Magazine. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
Setup detailed in video interview