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.
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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.”
“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.
Jonathan is a top-notch player
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced