Jonathan Zwartz Biography
Jonathan Zwartz is known as one of the major players on the Australian jazz landscape, having played with Pharoah Sanders, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Andy Bey, Nigel Kennedy, Cleo Lane, Larry Goldings, Katie Noonan, The Church, Renee Geyer, Jon Stevens, James Morrison, and Vince Jones,
He is also known as a composer and songwriter.
His debut Album of original compositions ‘The Sea’ was released in 2009 and won two prestigious Bell awards, as well as being the best selling Australian Jazz release at Australia’s only dedicated Jazz Record Store, – Birdland Records, in 2010 and 2011.
Jonathan’s second release, entitled ‘The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air’, won an Australian Indepenent Record Industry (AIR) award in 2013 and is again the best selling jazz album at Birdland in 2013 and 2014.
Jonathan has a Masters in Music from the Australian National University, and an Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies from the NSW Conservatorium and has just completed a graduate diploma in screen composition at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
He co-produced a ten part series on jazz for ABC TV entitled ‘The Pulse’, which has been rescreened many times since it’s release in 2000.
He has composed Music for the documentary ‘To Spring From The Hand’ about the life and work of ceramic artist and dancer Paulus Berensohn.
Jonathan has been an APRA Ambassador since 2010.