Jon was born and raised in the Chicago-land area. Following a love of jazz, he briefly enrolled in the DePaul University School of Music, where he became interested in the history of jazz and all of its offshoots. Jonathan left school for a two-year stint traveling with The Mighty Blue Kings, a jump blues and R&B band. He continued playing early blues and jazz styles for another five years with The Four Charms while also taking part in Chicago’s emerging creative music scene.
Jon’s love of acoustic and “American roots” musical styles led to a move to Austin, Texas in 2003. He currently free-lances around Austin’s vibrant live music scene, mostly playing traditional jazz and western swing. He performs regularly with the Jazz Pharaohs, White Ghost Shivers, Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies, Giant Three, and Warren Hood & the Hoodlums. He also appears occasionally with The Jim Cullum Band at The Landing in San Antonio as well as Texas music legends Asleep at the Wheel and Willie Nelson.