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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Jonathan Rowden is a jazz saxophonist in Los Angeles and Orange County. Described as a unique new talent that has emerged into the diverse Los Angeles jazz scene, Jonathan strives for a vision of improvised music that spans beyond traditional genres under the jazz umbrella, and explores new territory, drawing from his eclectic taste and background in classical, pop, rock, jazz, and many styles in-between. His melodic lyricism, rhythmic acuity, and a firey passion for the experiment make him a kindred voice to the listener, and his unique, participatory approach to group improvisation takes listeners on a journey beyond listening, and into truly engaging in the moment.  His collective quartet, Jonathan Rowden + Friends, features pianist wünderkind Ryan Pryor, bassist Chris Hon, and prodigiously talented drummer James Yoshizawa, respectively. They perform original compositions by Rowden, Pryor, and other members of the quartet. ...
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    Jonathan Rowden Group: Becoming

    Orenda Records
    2014
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Jonathan Rowden Group: Becoming

Orenda Records (2014)

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“Jonathan Rowden's group is one of the most exciting and provocative bands I've heard in quite a while. The composition, improvisation, and collective energy is impeccable. You'll be hearing a lot from these guys. Jonathan Rowden is one of those saxophonists whose writing and improvisation has something unique to say. He plays as if he has no choice but to say it. You have no choice but to listen.” -Stephen Camera, Music Director - Hip Kitty Jazz

“Rowden sounds great and is writing some creative things – he’s one of the good younger players.” - Joey Sellers - trombonist/composer

“Jonathan Rowden's group is filled with young, adventurous musicians...

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