This collective consists of young rising jazz stars from LA and NYC, celebrating the cataclysmic complexities of Hip Hop & Jazz, fused with elements of rock and soul. Think Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew” for 2019! Jonathan Pinson began his love affair with the drum set at the age of two when he was surrounded by the music of his mother’s choir. During his senior year in high school, Jonathan won three major coveted awards, 1st place in the Music Center’s Spotlight Award (2007), Performer of the Year at Alexander Hamilton High School and the Jimmy Lyon’s Scholarship Award for a full tuition scholarship at the Berklee College of Music. After Jonathan graduated, he was one of seven musicians selected for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of California Los Angeles, which resulted in a Masters of Music.
Jonathan was asked to tour with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter’s band, at the age of 23. This experience identified him as a highly sought after drummer in the music industry and has allowed him to tour and perform with notable artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, John Clayton, Dave Liebman, Ed Simon, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Marquis Hill and Gilad Hekselman
to name a few.
He has performed and toured at various locations including the following: Tokyo Jazz Festival, International Jazz Day in Istanbul Turkey, Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival,Nancy France Jazz Festival, a tour of Israel with The Ronen Shmueli Quintet, Newport Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Currently he is actively performing with other artists, and teaching throughout New York and Los Angeles.