Born: August 14, 1982 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Forward-thinking trumpeter and composer, Jon Crowley was born in Malvern PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, in 1982. He began studying the trumpet at age six with Elin Frazier, a student of Carmine Caruso. While in high school he developed an interest in Jazz and began attending local jam sessions and sitting in with various musicians around Philadelphia.
Jon spent the next four years attending Muhlenberg College, studying Jazz with Charles Fambrough and John Swana. After Graduating with his B.A. in Music, Jon went straight to New York City, where he attended NYU, graduating in the Spring of '07; receiving his Masters in Jazz Performance and Composition. While at NYU, Jon studied with Laurie Frink, Kenny Werner, Ralph Alessi, George Garzone, Brian Lynch, Joe Lovano, Rich Shemaria, Don Friedman and Dave Pietro. Jon has played with Charles Fambrough, John Scofield, Lenny Pickett, Chris Potter, Ralph Alessi, Lenny White, Joe Lovano, Badal Roy, and Don Friedman, and has performed around New York City at venues such as The BlueNote, Smoke, 55 Bar and Lincoln center.
Since graduating, he can be seen performing around New York City and the Northeast both as a sideman and with his own groups. Jon released his first CD 'Connections' in the fall of 2009, which won the prestigious 'ASCAP 2010 Young Jazz Composers Award' for the title track. The follow-up 'At the Edge' sees Crowley combining the influence of Classical Minimalism and Indie-Rock with Jazz. It will be released in fall of 2011 on Lonely Crow Records.
Awards:ascap 2010 Young Jazz Composer Award
Crowley is a musician who refuses to stand still. This Album is a fine example of the evolution of his work. --Tim Niland Jazz and Blues
There's a mysteriously haunting and melancholic presence to trumpeter Jon Crowley's At the Edge. [..] His composer's pen lays broad, wide stokes with subtle flair. While the general format is subdued, a relaxed tension permeates the presentation. This is thoughtful and thought-provoking music. Crowley's tone is highly personal; masculine, yet sensitive in timbre. --Nicholas F. Mondello, All About Jazz
At the Edge is a more intense adventure but shows a huge leap in compositional excellence from Jon Crowley. He is a voice that is worth your discovery now rather than later. Connections and At The Edge are documents of a great leader and composer in the making' --Stephan Moore, JazzWrap
Praise for Connections:
While Crowley might not be a household name just yet, this release announces, anoints and validates him as a fine jazz performer, writer and leader. [..] Crowley exibits maturity and a marvelously warm sound. His approach to the instrument is solid, controlled and highly lyrical --Nicholas Mondello; All About Jazz
On the evidence of its debut, 'Connections', Jon Crowley Quintet has huge potential. [..] The band's technical ability is uniformly strong, but technique never takes precedence over an emotional connection with the music--the result is a mature and thoughtful album that belies the youth and relative inexperience of the musicians. [..] This is an impressive debut. --Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz
This is an example of how a quintet could or should sound --JazzTimes
Connections'[..] reveals Crowley to be a formidable talent on the rise. His taste leans towards meditative, harmonically deep compositions that create an atmosphere for exploratory solos. [...]- a thoughtful jazz explorer, happy to crest and undulate on waves of harmonic color as he caravans his way toward the horizon --All Music Guide
Continuing the great track record of jazz musicians from Philadelphia, trumpet and flugelhorn player Jon Crowley has moved on to New York, earning his stripes with a wide variety of musicians. His debut album has the feel and passion of a Blue Note date from the mid 60's, but is still modern and fresh. [..] This was an excellent example of music being made by young musicians on the New York scene. Talented Performers drawing from a variety of inspirations --Tim Niland, Jazz and Blues
”Jon is a very inquisitive individual. He brings a sense of curiosity to his work that is contagious” --John Swana
“Jon is an ambitious, young trumpeter and composer who had a bright future ahead of him. His compositions have a freshness about them due to their interesting harmonies and modern sensibility” --Dave Pietro
Willing to teach:
My Education: -B.A. in Music from Muhlenberg College -M.A. in Jazz Performance and Composition from New York University -I have also been playing Trumpet for 23 years. My Teaching Experience: -Adjuct Faculty at NYU 2005-2007 (while I attended) leading Jazz Ensembles and doing private trumpet lessons -Jazz At Lincoln Center's Webop Program: 2010- present -I also teach privately: trumpet AND Jazz Improvisation and am currently taking students If you are interested in studying with me, I teach 30 min and 60 min lessons for very reasonable fees and can travel to you (Manhattan, Brooklyn) Email me @ JonCrowleyMusic@gmail.com for more Details NEW! I also teach on SKYPE now, so you can study with me from anywhere around the world! Flexible times and only $30 for 1/2 hour lesson