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Saxophonist, Composer Jonathan Suazo

Saxophonist, Composer Jonathan Suazo

Born and raised in Puerto Rico (July 8th 1989), Jonathan became interested in the music very early in life. His father was a Graphic Designer/Saxophonist who always had a great love for the arts. His fathers passion influenced young Jonathan as he grew interested in photography, paintings and of course, music.

He picked up his dad’s instrument at the age of 12, right before beginning his studies at the “Escuela Libre de Música Ernesto Ramos Antonini” in San Juan, from where he graduated with a growing interest for Jazz. He then went along to form part of the Jazz department at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico where he started to dig into the music on a much more serious level; he graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in May (2012) thanks to the teachings and guidance of great teachers like: Marco Pignataro, Rafael “el Indio” Martinez, Ricardo Pons and Mariano Morales. In 2016 Jonathan was awarded a full tuition scholarship to obtain his masters degree in contemporary performance at Berklee Collage of Music (Boston MA) and is currently part of the revolutionary Global Jazz Institute led by panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Perez.

Jonathan has been making a name for himself in the world of contemporary music as a self produced artist, releasing his first album “Extracts of a Desire” -SuazoJazz- 2013), his second Album “Vital” -Jonathan Suazo Music- 2014, and leading his quintet in one of the most important Jazz events in the Caribbean “The Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest” (march 22, 2013); Since his introduction into this at form. Suazo has collaborated with great artist such as: Paoli Mejias, Tony Escapa, Eddie Gomez, William Cepeda, Terri Lyne Carrington, Humberto Ramírez, Luis Aquino, Miguel Zenón, David Sanchez, Charlie Sepulveda, Tito Matos, Ricardo Pons, Calma Carmona, Eric Figueroa, Luis Marín, Ricky Rodriguez, Alex Alvear, Gonzalo Grau, Aldemar Valentín and many others. The music Jonathan writes for his band MÓKSHA can be described as “emotional and diverse”. He seeks to blur stylistic boundaries by embracing sounds from many different genres and cultures.

Artist Website: http://jonathansuazomusic.com
Source: Jonathan Suazo Website

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A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject.


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