Primary Instrument: Guitar
There is no shortage of great guitarists in Los Angeles, but Jon Bremen is finding a personalized approach amidst the bustling LA music scene. Jon was bit by the bebop bug as a teenager and dedicated several years to learning the musical the language of Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Clifford Brown, etc. His curiosity eventually lead him to study music at some of the most prestigious music schools including Indiana University and the University of Southern California. When I moved to LA, I was instantly humbled and inspired by the musicians around me. So much so, that I was compelled to retreat entirely for a few years and find a path that felt like my own. Along this path, Jon continues to discover a personalized musical vocabulary beyond his jazz roots. Even though Jon is dedicated to exploring new melodic, harmonic and rhythmic materials, his music is grounded in the familiar textures and timbres of jazz, pop, rock and soul. Working with a community of like minded musicians, Jon is committed to creating cutting-edge music that eschews familiar stereotypes.
Jon plays alongside the freshest young players on the international scene including Vardan Ovsepian, Ariel Alexander, Tim Lefebvre, Louis Cole, Bob Reynolds, Janek Gwizdala, Damian Erskine, Dennis Hamm, Joshua Davis, Sean The Rick Rickman, and many others.
In addition to being a dedicated performer, Jon is a passionate educator. He earned a doctorate in Studio/Jazz Guitar from the University of Southern California (USC) and is the head of the music discipline at Los Angeles Southwest College.
Jon is also in demand as a sideman and session guitarist because of his creativity, technique and vast musical vocabulary. His guitar work is featured on numerous commercial films and recordings.
Guitarist Jon Bremen's warm clear sound and bop articulation are rooted in the tradition of Jimmy Raney and Tal Farlow, but he has his own voice as an improviser and composer. He has chops to burn, but he uses them with taste and discretion and knows the value of space and breath in the music. I look forward to hearing more from him. -John Stowell