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Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay is a young, versatile musician that has already created a great name for himself in the thriving music scene of Toronto. Being involved in many different circles of performing musicians, he has been invloved in jazz, studio, R&B and funk, salsa, Brazilian, east-indian and asian, klezmer, and pit orchestra projects. Jonathan started studying and performing on the tenor and soprano saxophones but also many other members of the woodwind family including flute, alto flute, piccolo, bansouri (indian classical flute), dizi (ancient Chinese flute) clarinet, bass clarinet, alto and baritone saxes. Jonathan intriguingly and sensitively seeks out new timbal frontiers by mixing his acoustic talents with electronics, foot pedals, and the Akai Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI). While spending 4 years getting his degree at Humber College, Jonathan had the opportunity to study extensively with world renowned Coltrane scholar, Pat LaBarbera. Other Toronto based mentors include Kieran Overs, Mike Murley and Phil Dwyer. After completing his formal studies, Jonathan has travelled to New York on many occasions to study with saxophone masters, Kenny Garrett, Lenny Pickett, and Seamus Blake. In 2005 Jonathan was accepted to The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music which brings some of the worlds best young musicians together for 3 weeks to learn from jazz icons such as Dave Douglas, Greg Osby, Mark Dresser and Vijay Iyer among others. Released on Standback Records in 2005, “The Peddlers of Bombast” is Jonathan’s debut album as a leader for his band "The Peddlers" . He composed the music, produced the album and played 5 woodwinds on the session proving his musical versatility. In May 2006, Jonathan traveled to Kolkata and studied with legendary classical indian vocal guru, Shantanu Bhattacharyya. He learned the basics of the music on vocals and has applied his lessons to bansouri and soprano sax. Upon returning from his inspiring trip to India, he founded "Monsoon", his fusion of indian music and modern jazz. Jonathan just returned from another amazing and inspiring 7 month study trip where he lived in Kolkata and intensely studied the ancient art of Raga Music.