Jonathan Lorentz is a saxophonist, composer and arranger. His sound on tenor saxophone echoes John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Joe Lovano and is further influenced by mentors George Garzone, Ralph Lalama, and Lenny Pickett. Jon’s music combines elements of jazz, blues, and the avant-garde.
Getting his start as a professional saxophonist in the mid-1990s, Lorentz collaborated with friends to record a set of jazz originals in 1998. This recording, released as Connect (2002), coincided with club gigs, New England tours, and a move to New York City . As a New Yorker, Lorentz performed at Radio City , CBGB’s, Bitter End, Blue Note, Smalls, Cutting Room, Mercury Lounge, and many other venues. Lorentz played with grammy-winning gospel artist Hezekiah Walker and jazz artists Matt Schulman, Drew Waters, Gabe Jarrett, Noah Jarrett and Johannes Wallmann. He soon recorded One Night in Brooklyn (2003). In 2004 Lorentz placed first in the NYU Jazz Trio Competition and toured Costa Rica with his NY Trio. There, he performed at the Teatro Eugene O’Neil, Hotel Tirol, Ullacit University and the San Jose Jazz Cafe. In 2005 Jon moved upstate and began work on his next album, Coming Home (2006).
Jon studied extensively in New York University ‘s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, titled, “An Analysis of Selected Jazz Improvisations of Tenor Saxophonist George Garzone from 1995-1999” in the spring of 2008, and was awarded the degree of PhD in September. His thesis was published in August 2009 by VDM (Verlag Dr. Mulller, Germany ) and is now available on Amazon.com. He has served on faculties at New York University , Marymount Manhattan College , Yeshiva University and in the Vermont State College system.
Jon’s most recent recording Borderlands (2010) includes his current trio of bassist John Menegon and drummer David Calarco, and features vocalists Teri Roiger and Suzanne Kantorski. The album is Lorentz’s first on the Metier Jazz label, a stateside division of the Divine Art Recording Group based in the United Kingdom. Jon continues to perform regularly throughout the Northeast with his jazz trio (pictured bleow)and with the alt-jazz band Crystal60. He recently moved to New Hampshire where he has set up a Jazz bar in Laconia, and has also through his new venture NH Jazz Presents organised series of jazz tours and concerts in several locations including an 18-month series at Divine Art’s Brandon Music Cafe.