Don Norton is a musician and educator living in Portland, Oregon. He serves as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Portland, where he directs jazz ensembles and teaches saxophone and academic courses in music and fine arts.

In high school, Don studied saxophone and improvisation with John Vana and Dr. John Murphy at Western Illinois University. He earned his B.M. in Music Performance from Northern Illinois University in 2006, where he studied saxophone and improvisation with Steve Duke, John Wojciechowski, and Todd DelGiudice. He earned his M.M. in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory in 2008, where he studied with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John McNeil, and Rakalam Bob Moses. In 2015, Don completed the Doctor of Arts degree in jazz studies and saxophone performance at the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied saxophone and improvisation with Dr. Andrew Dahlke.

Don has performed with many great musicians, including Cecil McBee, Rakalam Bob Moses, Harold Jones, Fareed Haque, Liam Teague, and Orlando Cotto, among many others. As a freelance musician and as a member of different ensembles, he has performed throughout the United States and internationally, appearing at the Festival Internacional Jazz Peru in Lima, Peru, and at the Festival Internacional de Ensambles de Percusion in Costa Rica.

Don has previously taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Spoon River College, and the University of Northern Colorado, where he was a graduate assistant in the Jazz Studies Department from 2012-2014. He has also taught at the Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts and at the summer jazz camps of Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and the Birch Creek Music Performance Center.