He found his artistic feet in the Glasgow's streets, collecting records and developing a sound that melds Celtic sweetness with freewheeling narrative-driven improvisation; key influences include Paul Motion, Jim Black, Sebastian Rochford, Pete Wareham, Robert Stillman, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Bjork and Radiohead.
Jonathan is a deeply ruminative artist, a quality reflected in his compositions and through his long-standing trio Glasshopper (with James Kitchman on Guitar and Corrie Dick on Drums). His saxophone sound ventures from ghostly to arrestingly warm, remaining diligent in his search for musical truths, while his writing of music and lyrics captivates peers and audiences alike weaving from moments of sonic bliss to euphoric rock-outs.
This unit of focused players explore melody and improvisation with complete reverence and abandon. Always aspiring to search for fresh interpretations, this bass-less line up blur the lines between the jazz, folk and rock realms. Seldom settling, always searching.
When he's not constructing melodies and his thoughts... he's busy with a long standing passion for the community and social justice. This manifests in his work with refugee music charity Play For Progress and affords him not only the opportunity to share his love for music with unaccompanied minors in the UK, but also to be artistic in unconventional ways.