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Jonathan Saraga

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: August 26, 1987    

Manhattan, NYC native, trumpeter and composer Jonathan Saraga has been said by All About Jazz to possess the musical “wisdom and maturity of veterans more than twice his age,” and that “his chops, lust for musical life and don't-box-me- into-a-stylistic-corner mentality make him seem like the musical offspring of trumpeters Dave Douglas and Ambrose Akinmusire.”

As the winner of the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Solo Competition, and one of five finalists in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition, Jonathan has been proving that his original voice “...is one that is indeed worthy of attention,” (as bassist Todd Coolman proclaims), and that he is emerging as “...a force...” (as pianist Pete Malinverni calls him) within the jazz community. To further cement proof of his unique abilities, note that Saraga was one of two trumpeters selected from an international pool to participate in the 2010 School of Improvisational Music Intensive Program, and was one of only two trumpeters considered for the 2014 Juilliard Artist Diploma....
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Awards

Winner of the 2007 ITG Jazz Solo Competition Finalist in the 2009 Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition
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    First Vision

    Self Produced
    2012
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First Vision

Self Produced (2012)

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”...Jonathan Saraga is an excellent player with a LOT to say and the means to say it very well.” -Gary Mortenson, International Trumpet Guild

“I have long been an admirer of Jonathan’s musicianship, both as an excellent instrumentalist and a thoughtful, creative jazz improviser. Jonathan embodies what I feel is the best approach to modern jazz music: a thorough grounding in the rich tradition of the music coupled with a restless, searching spirit that seeks to express the music of now.” -Jimmy Greene

“With a fresh approach to trumpet playing and improvisation, the emerging original voice of Jonathan Saraga is one that is indeed worthy of our attention.” -Todd Coolman

“Jonathan is a top-notch player...

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