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Jonathan Saraga

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." Jonathan's professional music career officially began in 2002 when he was cast as an orchestral trumpeter in the Paramount film, Changing Lanes. That same year he would begin performing at the Jazz Standard with the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, which he went on to do, once a month, for the next three years

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A Conversation with Douye

Read "A Conversation with Douye" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Douye is a seasoned singer whose soulful and delicate approach to jazz vocal has captured the interest of many in the last year. Her chart topping album Daddy Said So features top notch jazz musicians including: Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Benito Gonzalez, Essiet Essiet Okon, Curry Rawls, Zem Audu, Joel Scott, Clayton Cameron, Edwin Livingston, Kiyoshi ...

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Jonathan Saraga: Journey to a New World

Read "Journey to a New World" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It's been five years since Jonathan Saraga's debut release, First Vision, but the trumpeter's sophomore album was worth waiting for. Saraga's precise and passionate technique, combined with thoughtful, well- constructed compositions (and a couple nicely-arranged cover tunes) make for a stimulating listen that rewards on a number of levels. The record's title captures the feel of ...

Journey to a New World

Label: Fresh Sound New Talent
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1. Uprising (Jonathan Saraga) - 9:28; Winner: 2016 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award / 2. The Great Journey (Jonathan Saraga) - 10:52; Honorable Mention/Finalist: 2017 International Songwriting Competition / 3. Firm Roots (comp. Cedar Walton, arr. Jonathan Saraga) - 8:56 / 4. Sabbath Prayer (comp. Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick, arr. Jonathan Saraga) - 9:53 / 5. The Guardians (Jonathan Saraga) - 8:49 / 6. Lullaby (Jonathan Saraga) - 7:16 / 7. The Fool on the Hill (comp. John Lennon/Paul McCartney, arr. Jonathan Saraga) - 9:17 / 8. New World (Jonathan Saraga) - 9:29

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The Oatmeal Jazz Combo: Instant Oats

Read "Instant Oats" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Formed at Stony Brook University in 2009, The Oatmeal Jazz Combo returns with Instant Oats, their fifth album, following Whole Wheat Oats (LGY Records, 2015). There have been some changes on the front line, and there are no vocalists featured this time. The program opens with the gentle bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim's “Look to ...

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Enter the "Jonathan Saraga Quintet - First Vision" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

Enter the "Jonathan Saraga Quintet - First Vision"  Giveaway at All About Jazz!

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the “Jonathan Saraga Quintet - First Vision“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on February 25th. Click here to enter the contest (Becoming a fan of Jonathan Saraga at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck! About Jonathan ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jonathan Saraga Quintet: First Vision

Read "First Vision" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When young artists release their first album, it's always tempting to say they “show potential" or “are off to a good start," but those comments tend to be kindly veiled takes on “you get an A for effort, but should have waited a bit longer." Jonathan Saraga need not worry about having such pacifying comments thrown ...

First Vision

Label: Blue Truffle Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Track 1: "Guidance" - composition by Jonathan Saraga (11:34) / Track 2: "Rebellion" - composition by Jonathan Saraga (5:43) / Track 3: "Recurring Dream" - composition by Jonathan Saraga (4:40) / Track 4: "Wandering Child" - composition by Jonathan Saraga (8:04) / Track 5: "Rampant Teddy Bear" - composition by Jonathan Saraga (7:14) / Track 6: "The Reiki Practitioner" - composition by Jonathan Saraga (6:52)

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Jonathan Saraga Quintet: First Vision

Read "First Vision" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Jonathan Saraga opens his debut, First Vision with the eleven-and-a-half-minute original, “Guidance," a probing rumination that flares up during his solo. The tune as a whole is a slow burn, but it bursts into high flames as it comes to its conclusion.The leader has assembled a fine quintet of standard configuration--two horns, a ...

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Jonathan Saraga: First Vision

Read "First Vision" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Award-winning trumpeter Jonathan Saraga's First Vision, is 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. The modal melodies are artfully orchestrated, allowing each musician the full breadth of his spontaneous creativity without resorting to unfettered clamor. Not a ...


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