• Career Development Workshop:
    Songwriting Coaching Part 1
    • Sunday 20 June 1.30pm - 2.30pm
  • Career Development Workshop:
    Songwriting Coaching Part 2
    • Sunday 20 June 3.00pm - 4.00pm


Jonathan Zwartz

Jonathan Zwartz is one of Australia's leading Jazz Musicians. He has played and recorded with many of the most outstanding Australian music artists including Katie Noonan, Renee Geyer, Vince Jones , Bernie McGann, Mike Nock, Dale Barlow, Sandy Evans, Tina Harrod, Steve Kilby and James Morrison.

He is in demand to back international stars on their Australian tours and has played with American Jazz artists Pharoah Sanders, Branford Marsalis, Chico Freeman, Andy Bey, Mark Murphy, Kurt Elling, Johnny Griffin, Barbara Morrison, Larry Goldings, Ben Monder, Tim Ries and Billy Drummond and UK Superstars Nigel Kennedy, Cleo Lane and John Dankworth, among others.

Jonathan co-produced a 10 part documentary series on Jazz in Australia titled ‘the Pulse' involving over 100 musicians and 10 venues which has been screened and re-screened on ABC television since it's airing in October 2001.

He has organised many noteworthy events in the Australian Music scene including the Starfish Club (co founded with Hamish Stuart, Jane Zwartz and Lisa Krieger) and live music programs for Sydney venues Winebanc and the Astral Bar. Winebanc particularly boasted some notable ‘unadvertised' performances by stars such as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Carlos Santana Band, Alicia Keyes Band, and the Rolling Stones Touring band with Keith Richards and Ron Woods in the audience.

He has a Masters Degree in Music Performance at the Australian National University and also has an associate Diploma in Jazz Studies from the NSW Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Don Burrows. Jonathan has also studied in the USA with Rodney Whitaker (Lincoln Centre Orchestra) at the Michigan State University, and with bass luminaries Ray Brown, Rufus Reid and Milt Hinton in New York.

He recorded a debut CD in January of 2008 with Barney McAll, Hamish Stuart, Doug deVries, Phil Slater and Fabian Hevia entitled ‘The Sea' which was released in November 2009. This album won two prestigious ‘Bell' Awards in 2010.

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Jonathan Zwartz

Jonathan Zwartz