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Jon Lundbom

Since 2003, “avant-jazz etc” guitarist Jon Lundbom has lead Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord, with which he has released seven full-length albums and a brand-new series of four EPs. The new 2016:EPs series is available for download from Hot Cup Records or as a handsome, limited-edition four-CD boxed set right here at www.jonlundbom.com. Jon also performs with Bryan & the Hagggards, NYC’s most award-winning avant-country Merle Haggard cover band, with whom he has released three albums. The most recent, Merles Just Want to Have Fun featuring Eugene Chadbourne, was released on Northern Spy Records in 2013.

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord features long-time friend and fellow Chicagoan Jon Irabagon on alto and soprano saxophones, Bryan Murray (aka Balto Exclamationpoint) on tenor and balto! saxophones, Moppa Elliott on bass, and “Philly” Dan Monagahan on drums.

Jon’s music – described as “Hardbop + Zeppelin + Schoenberg” (Dave Madden, ‘SLUG’) – is a showcase for his “intense phrasing and mind-altering solo spots” (Glenn Astarita, ‘All About Jazz’), a “boundary-shattering shot of adrenaline that screws with your head and messes with your soul” (Jordan Richardson, ‘The Seattle PI’). Jon has been called “an idiosyncratic genius harboring boundary-stretching notions in his musical make up” (CJ Bond, ‘JazMuzic.com’); “hopefully Lundbom will start getting more attention for his fresh perspective, both as a writer and player” (Mike Shanley, ‘ShanleyOnMusic’), “[Jon’s playing brings] new ideas to what jazz guitar can be” (Paul Acquaro, ‘Free Jazz Blog’); “Big Five Chord, individually and collectively, is one of the most important [ensembles] around today” (Gregory Applegate Edwards, ‘Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog’). “Olympic-caliber guitar gymnastics” (Bob Gendron, ‘Downbeat’). “A guitarist” (The New York Times). More press can be found here.

Originally hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Jon began playing guitar in the second grade, more seriously as a young teenager. After years of performing in and around his hometown and a brief tour of Europe, Jon moved to Chicago proper to attend the Jazz Studies program at DePaul University. There he studied Jazz guitar with Bob Palmieri, classical guitar with Mark Maxwell, and improvisation with Larry Novak, Larry Gray, Alan Swain, and others. Also, while at DePaul, Jon studied classical composition with Drs. George Flynn, Kurt Westerburg, and Jeff Kowalkowski (Jack the Dog).

As Jon’s interests in twentieth-century classical music and more advanced forms of improvisation developed, his music became increasingly informed by non-linear complexity and open improvisational structures. While at DePaul, Jon maintained an active performance schedule, performing frequently under his own name in and around Chicago. He also, along with cellist and composer Andrew Morgan, co-founded both the DePaul University Avant-Garde Music Society and (with guitarist Aaron Solomon) the Seven Days of Stockhausen improvisation collective. Jon also performed or recorded alongside such renowned musicians as Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Eric Leonardsen, Laurie Lee-Moses, and Bob Falesch.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Beats by Balto! Vol. 2

Chant Records
2021

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Make Magic Happen

Hot Cup Records
2016

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Bring Their 'A' Game

Hot Cup Records
2016

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2016: EPs

Hot Cup Records
2016

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Jeremiah

Hot Cup Records
2015

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Liverevil

Hot Cup Records
2014

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Period

From: Play All The Notes
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Ain't Cha

From: Make the Magic Happen
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Screamer

From: Jeremiah
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