Trumpeter, Composer, Arranger, Clinician
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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.
Since obtaining his Masters degree as a performing artist in 2011, he has been
featured as part of the Young Emerging Artists Series at the Bar Next Door at La
Lanterna Cafe, and as part of the Emerging Players Series for Festival of New Trumpet
Music. He has been subject to interview by Festival of New Trumpet Music, The
Trumpet Blog, and Fluke Productions in London. Jonathan has been presenting his
original music around NYC, at the Shapeshifter Lab, Seeds, Sycamore, the Douglas St.
Music Collective, iBeam, the University of the Streets, and Smalls Jazz Club where the
music from his debut album, First Vision, was premiered in 2012.
The record features all Saraga-penned original works, and has been stated by
All About Jazz to be ...a skillfully conceived and exquisitely realized debut that
brings to mind the edgy, envelope-pushing hard bop of many a Blue Note record in
the early 1960s. They have even hailed it as a ...stand up and take notice musical
offering..., and speak of it's ...rare blend of individuality and maturity... First Vision
has received air-play throughout the east-coast on stations like 90.3 FM the Core,
Weaa 88.9, and BreakThru Radio's show the Jazz Hole. It has since been adopted by
the Blue Truffle Music record label, and continues to circulate around the U.S.
Jonathan has worked as a sideman for Arturo O'Farrill, Jason Marshall, Orrin
Evans, among other greats, and has performed at numerous jazz festivals in New
York including Cadence, Peekskill, Rochester, Albany, and Blue Note. In addition to
having performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Symphony
Space, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note and so many of the other renowned
spaces in NYC, he has toured nationally as lead trumpeter with Damn Yankees, and
has made appearances at the Putra World Trade Center in Malaysia, as well as many
venues in Haiti and Europe.
In addition to continuing his service as an educator at the Gramercy Brass Band
Camp, going on 5 years, Jonathan teaches at public schools throughout the five
boroughs with the Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music, and as an independent master-
clinician, having worked with students at Wagner Middle School, PS 126/MAT, the
Urban Assembly School of Music and Art and many others.