Jonathan Saxon

Music, Art, & Commentary

My collaboration with the great Grant Calvin Weston (James Blood Ulmer, Ornette Coleman, Lounge Lizards)! A drum and percussion duet.

Grant Calvin Weston - Drum Set
Jonathan Saxon - Congas, Agogo Bells, Mbira, Qarkabeb, Shakers

Ichigo ni ichido

…Once in a Lifetime

June 23 - 27, 2014. University of Washington (Seattle, WA).

Thank you to all the people at the University of Washington and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings for facilitating, and Antelope Valley College for financing, the experience of a lifetime. I am truly grateful for the depth of knowledge and great communal spirit that was shared throughout the entire week of master classes. Ichigo ni ichido…once in a lifetime…

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"Introduction" and "Angel Race" from the Sun Ra Centennial Concert.

Grand Star Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA 5/22/14.

I’m on congas, hand percussion, and whistles.

From my set at the In the Flow Festival. Sacramento, CA. May 12, 2014.


Solo percussion performance at Sacramento’s In the Flow Festival, May 12, 2014.

Solo percussion performance at Sacramento’s In the Flow Festival, May 12, 2014.


I will be performing with The Decisive Instant on Thursday, May 22 at the Grand Star Jazz Club in Downtown Los Angeles. This large ensemble will be performing the works of Sun Ra in celebration of his 100th birthday.

I will be performing with The Decisive Instant on Thursday, May 22 at the Grand Star Jazz Club in Downtown Los Angeles. This large ensemble will be performing the works of Sun Ra in celebration of his 100th birthday.

Tribute to the Music of Sun Ra

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra's arrival on Earth, the Decisive Instant creative orchestra presents his music in new arrangements by David Martinelli, Jeff Schwartz, and Charles Sharp.

WOODWINDS: David Adler, Steve Bowie, Ken Luey, Charles Sharp, Alexander Vogel
TRUMPET: Bruce Friedman
TROMBONE: Ed Weiss
TUBA: William Roper
GUITAR: Jonathan Grasse & Angelo Metz
BASS: Jeff Schwartz
KEYBOARDS: Scott Dibble
PERCUSSION: Alan Cook, David Martinelli, Jonathan Saxon, Tom Steck

Native Plant Society (Grasse and Vogel with Tony Green on bass and Breeze Smith on percussion) will open with an improvised set.

The performance is in the Martin Laser Recital Hall at CSUDH. Tickets are $2 at the door. Campus parking is $6.

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