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.
Since obtaining his Masters degree as a performing artist in 2011, he has been featured as part of the Young Emerging Artists Series at the Bar Next Door at La Lanterna Cafe, and as part of the Emerging Players Series for Festival of New Trumpet Music. He has been subject to interview by Festival of New Trumpet Music, The Trumpet Blog, and Fluke Productions in London. Jonathan has been presenting his original music around NYC, at the Shapeshifter Lab, Seeds, Sycamore, the Douglas St. Music Collective, iBeam, the University of the Streets, and Smalls Jazz Club where the music from his debut album, First Vision, was premiered in 2012.