New York City-based trumpeter, composer and Doctor of Musical Arts, Jonathan Saraga, is a Blue Truffle Music and Fresh Sound Records recording artist. He took 1st place in the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and competed as a finalist in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. He has been awarded selected participation in the 2011 School for Improvisational Music Summer Intensive Program, the 2015 Banff International Summer Intensive Program in Jazz and Creative Music, and the 2019 Banff Early Fall Musicians in Residence program. Jonathan received the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award presented by the ASCAP Foundation in 2016, was a 2-time Semi-Finalist as well as a Winner in the International Songwriting Competition in 2016 and 2017, and achieved finalist status in the 2019 New Jazz Works grant presented by Chamber Music
America. In 2020 he was one of three trumpeters to make it to the final round of auditions for the GRAMMY-winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra’s 4th Trumpet Chair, and was selected to present at the International Society for Improvised Music conference (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music-Melbourne, Australia) and the Association for Popular Music Education (APME) conference (Edinburgh Napier University-Edinburgh, Scotland). Also in 2020, Saraga received a commission from the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers, as well as grants from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the University of Colorado Boulder, Music Advisory Board, the Actors Fund/Local 802 Musicians Union, the Jazz Foundation of America, the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, and the Recording Academy/MusiCares.
Since 2006, Saraga has performed throughout Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and across the U.S. as a leader and in ensembles led by highly acclaimed artists such as Steve Coleman, Henry Cole, Maria Schneider, The Mingus Big Band, Remy Le Boeuf, Darcy James Argue, Orrin Evans, Jihye Lee, Migiwa Miyajima, Jason Marshall, Manuel Valera, Josh Evans, Jimmy Greene, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Bergen and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra to name a few. He teaches for NYC-based organizations such as The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, The Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, New York Ensemble Classes, Jazz Empowers and The New York Jazz Academy, and has served as a Graduate-Part Time Instructor for the University of Colorado, Boulder.