JON PUGH QUARTET
Jonathan Pugh has been a Conn-Selmer trumpet and cornet recording artist and clinician since 1982. As a child he became hooked on the idea of being a trumpet player while standing by his father's side as the director of the Wenatchee Youth Circus Band. Jonathan started on the cornet in seventh grade and became the first chair player in both concert and jazz bands from junior high through high school.
After graduation he was sought after by legendary jazz saxophonist Don Lanphere. Under Lanphere’s guidance he ultimately became his featured soloist for 30 years. Jonathan earned his BA in Music Education from Central Washington University and followed with an MA in Music Education at the University of Washington. He has recorded multiple solo albums as the Jon Pugh trio and as the featured soloist on many Lanphere recordings for Hep Jazz Records.
Jonathan also had the honor of meeting and studying with the “King of Brass” - Claude Gordon for a time as well. He taught as an award-winning Junior High Jazz and Band director for 25 years and currently performs all over the greater Seattle area. He is a highly sought-after public speaker and is well-known for his talks on improvisation and how it not only relates to music, but to daily life.***PERFORMANCE REVIEWS***
BRILLIANT TRUMPET PLAYER-GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE:LONDON
JON IS ASTONISHING & MELODIC-PHIL SCHAAP:NEW YORK JAZZ HISTORIAN & MULTI-GRAMMY WINNER
A CORNET VIRTUOSOâ€-JAZZ TIMES:NEW YORK
ONE OF THE GREATEST JAZZ TRUMPET SOLOISTS I HAVE EVER HEARD-BILL WATROUS:BACH TROMBONE LEGEND