Jonathan is a jazz trumpeter based in New York City. Born in Berkeley, CA, he began playing the trumpet at the age of ten in the Oakland public school system. He came under the tutelage of Bay Area legend Robert Porter, a veteran trumpeter from the bebop era who took Jonathan under his wing; he was often seen accompanying Porter on his gigs about town and sitting in on the popular Sunday night jam session at the Bird Cage. He subsequently attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he studied with Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater.
Jonathan is widely admired for his ability to tackle cutting-edge musical concepts with aplomb. He has performed and recorded in groups led by Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill, Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto and Vijay Iyer.
In his spare time, Jonathan loves to play chess and take photographs.