Jon is a writer and editor living in Atlanta.
I first started writing about jazz during my time as a music and journalism major at the
University of Idaho, where I covered the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival for the school
While in Idaho, I had the privilege to speak with artists ranging from Lou Rawls and Terry
Gibbs to Roy Hargrove and Randy Brecker. This amazing experience started me on the
path of music criticism, and I soon found myself pursuing a master's degree in Arts
Journalism at Syracuse University. Unfortunately, it's a looong drive from Idaho to New
York, and it never
stops snowing in Central New York. But I met my fiancee, and I got to work closely with
the critics David Hajdu, David Yaffe and Johanna Keller, so things turned out just fine.
I now find myself working and writing in Atlanta, the cultural hotbed of Georgia. I've met
some incredible musicians in the two years I've been here, and I'm convinced the city is no
longer simply a rap and hip-hop mecca.