September 21, 2003

About Jonah

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The Jonah Minton Band has been featured in Jazziz Magazine, and 91.1 KCSM radio. Jazziz magazine says: “The Jonah Minton Sextet displays a hard-charging chemistry…” (October 2002). Jonah is scheduled to play at the 2004 USC Jazz Festival, sharing the bill with Wayne Shorter, Brad Mehldau, Seamus Blake, and Poncho Sanchez. Jonah performed at the Concord Jazz Festival in 2001 opening for the Chick Corea Trio. He also played on television with Bay Area drum legend Eddie Marshall and recorded for an upcoming Bernie Mac movie soundtrack with Earth, Wind, and Fire trombonist Reggie Young.

Jonah helped form a leaderless jazz quartet that eventually became known as Married Couple. Married Couple has toured California and parts of the US and has just released a new CD entitled Looks Like a Pie to Me. Interpretations of Björk, Depeche Mode, Schubert and Shostakovitch take their place alongside intricate original compositions. San Francisco Weeklyís David Cook says “The group favors tone and mood, building themes layer by layer with plaintive horns and frantic interplay between bass and drums. The band isn’t afraid to tackle tough, Tom Waitsian shifts in rhythm and texture… approach[ing] the swinging sensibilities of ‘60s Blue Note jazz, informed by further developments in world music” (July 31st, 2002).

Jonah is currently earning his Masterís degree in music, with a focus in jazz performance, at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. He also directs the USC JazzReach Manual Arts Big Band Program in South-Central Los Angeles. The JazzReach program provides weekly lessons and big band rehearsals, master classes, performance opportunities, musical instruments, and mentoring between USC Jazz Studies students and Manual Arts High School students.

Posted by tedtwong at September 21, 2003 10:56 PM
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