Saxophonist Jonathan Rowden began playing as a young boy, but alongside his enthusiasm for music he nurtured a love for visual arts; in fact, he planned on being an animation and illustration major before he realized that music was his real passion. This artistic sensibility permeates Rowden's debut album and showcases his compositional strengths while also providing a beautiful backdrop for the remarkable playing of all the talented young musicians that are featured in his band. Supporting Rowden are pianist Ryan Pryor, bassist Chris Hon and drummer James Yoshizawa. Reflecting Rowden's wide breadth of influences, the ...read more
The jny: Los Angeles jazz scene has no shortage of prodigious talent; on any given night throughout the sprawling landscape that makes up the greater Los Angeles area there is always some exciting happening or unique event, and one is often hard-up to make a decision about where to spend their evening. There are musicians who established themselves years ago, young men and women just arriving on the scene and everything in between. All of it makes the thriving community of musicians an exciting one to be a part of and follow. The young tenor saxophonist Jonathan Rowden definitely belongs ...read more
Jonathan Rowden Group Alvas Showroom San Pedro, CA November 15, 2013 On the intimate stage at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro, with warm, colorful lighting and a large, slanted mirror hanging overhead, the Jonathan Rowden Group gave a heartfelt performance to an appreciative audience. Rowden, a young Los Angeles based composer, showcased his own works alongside those of the group's pianist, and everyone in the band contributed inspired playing. The group consists of Jonathan Rowden on saxophones, Ryan Pryor on piano, Chris Hon on bass and James Yoshizawa on drums and percussion. The ...read more
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