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Trumpeter, Composer, Arranger, Clinician

Trumpeter and composer Jonathan Saraga embodies what world-renowned jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene calls “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.” Greene also adds that Saraga's ensemble (his quintet) features “engaging, tuneful, urgent modern jazz played at a very high level by young, masterful musicians.”

Among many other notable acomplishments thus far, Jonathan earned first place in the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition, and was among five finalists in the also international, Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition in 2009. At only 25 years of age, Jonathan has worked as a trumpeter for over 30 stylistically diverse ensembles at over 40 venues around New York City. He has performed at New York's Blue Note Jazz Festival, and has performed and recorded nationwide, internationally, and has shared the stage with many of the world's most renowned jazz musicians, such as Sean Jones, Jon Faddis, Eric Alexander, Jimmy Greene, Jon Gordon, Ray Vega, Jeremy Pelt, Jim Rotondi, and Ambrose Akinmusire to name only a few. All of these musicians can attest to Jonathan's skills as a player, as can Arturo O'Farrill who hired Jonathan to perform at Birdland with his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Besides this venue Jonathan has experience performing at the Blue Note, Smoke, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Jazz Standard, and Smalls, where Saraga's debut album as a leader had it's release.

World-renowned trumpeter Jim Rotondi hails Jonathan's playing on the album as 'unique' and 'inventive', and says that it breaths “soul, intelligence, great technique and acute musical awareness.” The album, which features all original compositions by Saraga showcases “highly creative playing and writing...all done with a strong and fresh ensemble concept,” as declared by award winning saxophonist Jon Gordon, and according to Grammy award winning jazz bassist Todd Coolman, Jonathan Saraga's “emerging original voice...is one that is indeed worthy of our attention.”

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