He has been a concerto soloist alongside principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed under John Adams and David Robertson at Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed nationally, including at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Colburn’s Thayer Hall, and at George Mason University.
Jonathan is passionate about contemporary music, and regularly collaborates with living composers. During the 2013-14 season, he commissioned five pieces for saxophone and harp as part of his regular duo with harpist Jennifer R. Ellis. Recent highlights for the pair–called Admiral Launch Duo–include performances at Northwestern University New Music Conference, Milwaukee and Racine Art Museums, and a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire. His vaudeville saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs, have appeared across the country, including at the Kennedy Center. The group, for which he frequently arranges and composes original music, was recently featured on Detroit Performs, a nationally aired series of Detroit Public Television.
Beyond his activities as a saxophonist, Jonathan currently leads an ambitious interdisciplinary performance project combining dance, music, visual art, and performance technology. Together with artists Cori Lewis, Eric Sheffield and composer David Biedenbender, he directed and produced a film version of the work entitled Silence that will premiere this season at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France.
Jonathan is thrilled to have been named Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst. His own studies were with Donald Sinta at the University of Michigan. He is a Conn-Selmer Artist and endorses Selmer saxophones.