Jonathan Zwartz


What sparks creativity in you?


My creativity is sparked by emotional energy; to write or play or hear something that makes one feel something that is beyond words.

Short Bio

As a double bassist, Jonathan has played with Pharoah Sanders, Branford Marsalis, Lionel Loueke, Kurt Elling, Nigel Kennedy, Mark Murphy, Annie Ross, Larry Goldings, Johnny Griffin, Junior Cook, Terri-Lynn Carrington, Mike Nock, Bernie McGann, Martha Marlow, Leah Flannagan, Vince Jones, Katie Noonan, Joe Camilleri, and the Pinks.

Jonathan is also a composer, producer, live music advocate and music curator having initiated the live music program at Winebanc from 2000 to 2006 and also the Starfish Club (with Hamish Stuart and Jane Lindsay) a monthly concert series that has been running on the first Monday of the month for more than 20 years.

Jonathan has released three award winning albums as composer and bandleader; - ‘The Sea’ (Bell Award 2009), ‘The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air’ (AIR Award 2013), and ‘Animarum’ which won the ARIA for best jazz album as well as the Bell and Air awards in 2018. In late 2019 recorded with Mike Nock, Julien Wilson and Hamish Stuart a composer’s collaborative album entitled ‘This World’ which was released in 2020 to critical acclaim, sold out a two-week National tour and was nominated for an ARIA award also.

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