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New York City based trumpeter, composer, Doctor of Musical Arts, and Blue Truffle Music/Fresh Sound Records recording artist, Jonathan Saraga, has been said by All About Jazz to play “with the 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.” After winning the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Solo Competition in 2007, and competing as one of five finalists in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition, Jonathan received his Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Purchase. In 2010, he was selected as one of two trumpeters to participate in the School for Improvisational Music summer intensive program and would go on to receive his master’s degree in jazz studies from SUNY Purchase in 2011. In 2012, Jonathan released his debut album, First Vision for Blue Truffle Music, which was hailed by All About Jazz as a “stand-up-and-take-notice offering” and compared to “Miles Davis' “Nefertiti”, “John Zorn's “Masada”, and the “Blue Note records of the early 1960s”.

Saraga was one of two trumpeters considered for the 2014 Juilliard Artist Diploma program and one of four trumpeters selected to participate in the 2015 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. In 2016, Jonathan begin pursuing a 3-year Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies, during which time he received the 2016 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and became a 2-time Semi-Finalist and Winner of the International Songwriting Competition in 2016/17. He since has been selected for the 2019 Banff Early Fall Artists in Residence program and has achieved finalist status in the 2019 New Jazz Works grant presented by Chamber Music America.

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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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Trumpet

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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