Over the last several years, Jonathan Hartman has established himself as one of the rising saxophonists of his generation; a thoroughly modern and unique musical voice.
Born May 4, 1974 and hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Jonathan was first exposed to jazz music via his grandfather, Robert Morgan, who gave him his first saxophone at age ten. Mr. Morgan was the head engraver at King Musical Instruments for over forty years, engraving horns for the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, J.J. Johnson, and Julian “Cannonball” Adderley. It was Cannonball’s musical influence that first convinced Jonathan to pursue the saxophone seriously. He began studying with Cleveland saxophonist Jon Klayman, and by age fifteen began playing professionally throughout the Cleveland area, performing with artists like Kenny Davis and Greg Bandy.
After high school, Jonathan Hartman attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and then the prestigious jazz studies program at William Paterson College. After a period of intensive practice away from school, Jonathan eventually returned to the Cleveland, graduating Magna cum Laude from Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. While at CSU, Jonathan studied with noted saxophonist and composer Howie Smith. In addition to Mr. Smith, Jonathan has privately studied with Clark Terry, James Moody, Bobby Watson, Jesse Davis, Wessell Anderson, Harold Mabern, Greg Bandy, Gary Smulyan, and Joe Lovano.