Jon Pemberton is a Minneapolis/St. Paul based jazz musician, enjoying an active career as trumpeter, pianist, teacher and composer. Jon was born in the small town of Fergus Falls, Minnesota where his interest in music was evident at an early age. He began his musical studies with piano lessons at age 6. Guitar lessons followed at age 10, and trumpet studies began at age 11.
In these early years, Jon also sang and acted in local college productions. At the age of 12, Jon’s parents arranged auditions with local university piano professors. So while only in the seventh grade, Jon began traveling 2 hours round trip for weekly one hour piano lessons. During these early years, Jon also continued playing trumpet in the school band. In addition, he formed his first jazz combo with high school friends.
“...melodic themes weave tightly in a vein that recalls Abdullah Ibrahim.” --Andrea Canter
“With the release of On The Edge, Pemberton will definitely be leading a double life. And that's selling him short. Pianist - trumpeter - composer, the man from St. Paul is officially a triple threat.” --Tom Surowicz