Born in a musical family, French jazz musician Jonathan Orland began playing music during his childhood in Paris, starting with the piano and the clarinet. In his early teenage years, he developed a passion for jazz and taught himself the saxophone before beginning formal studies with Thomas Savy, Tom Buckner, and André Villégier.
"Jonathan Orland is a superb musician."
- Bill Pierce
At age 22 Jonathan was offered a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he had the privilege of studying with great musicians such as George Garzone, Hal Crook, Bill Pierce and Greg Osby. After finishing his studies at Berklee, Jonathan headed for Montreal, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University and took part in projects with great artists such as Kevin Dean and Rick Rosato.
Back in Paris, Jonathan released his first album as a leader ‘Homes’, in 2012, on the label BeeJazz. The band is a quintet composed of young musicians from all over the world, and George Garzone, who Jonathan considers as his mentor, is featured on some tracks.
"Jonathan Orland has proven to be an exceptional musician and player."
- George Garzone
Jonathan has played in numerous venues and festivals in France and across the world, including: Le New Morning (Paris), Sunset-Sunside (Paris), le Nouveau Casino, Jazz à Vannes, Budapest Jazz Club, Piec’Art (Krakow), Shablul (Tel-Aviv), Upstairs (Montreal) and more.
Jonathan is also active as a sideman (Michel Reis Paris
Quartet, Sextet Gui Duvignau) on the French stage, and
with his quartet recently recorded the album Small Talk (Nelson
Veras, Yoni Zelnik and Donald Kontomanou) to be published on 2
November 2015 on the Paris Jazz Underground label.
His musical interests are not confined to jazz. He plays Klezmer and
one can also hear the side of pop singer Peter Peter.
His passion for Balkan music and his compositions feeds
improvisations. He now co-leads a new quintet, Valea
Antos, with clarinetist Adrian Receanu where they play a repertoire
of Romanian, Moldavan and Bulgarian songs innovatively.
Jonathan is very passionate about sharing his musical knowledge and has acquired experience teaching the saxophone, clarinet, theory and improvisation in various settings over the last few years.
As a Masters student in McGill University he attended a Jazz Pedagogy class and had the chance to be in charge of the Jazz Materials class for first year students in College.
Today he teaches in a conservatory in the Paris area as well as private lessons in his studio.
He is used to adapt to the demands of students with different levels and diverse musical backgrounds and goals.