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Jonathan Crespo

Jonathan was born in Chile, South America right around the

time of political uprising and violence. The eventual

overthrowing of then President Allende by way of a coup, forced

his family to leave the country and move to Canada.

Growing up in a country with a different language, he had the

advantage of being young enough to pick it up quickly. Raised

and educated in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,

Jonathan found his calling in music; “My brother started

playing Trumpet in High School, one day I went into his

bedroom while he was away and started playing it. I didn’t know

what I was playing but I was definitely making noise! My

brother eventually taught me my first scale”.

Being born in a Latin American country, one would think that he is naturally a Latin Music Performer, the beat is certainly in

his blood but it is not his “bag”! “I grew up listening to The Who, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pink Floyd, The Beatles

and so on”, he goes onto say “I’m a rocker in a Trumpet Players Body”!

Having heard him perform, one can hear his influences ranging from Rock to Jazz and Classical. “I started off as a classical

player, one day I picked up a Chet Baker album and the next thing I knew I was off to Humber College in Toronto, a Jazz

school”. In 2007 Jonathan was honoured to be a member of the Humber College Music Program Advisory Committee along side many influential members of the music industry including legendary Jazz Pianist, the late Oscar Peterson.

I asked him about the Trumpet being his first love and what genre of music is his favourite, he answered it in a way that I

have not heard many musicians answer the question; “I don’t have a favourite type of music to play, I love it all. My personal

philosophy is that I can’t call my self a true musician unless I’m open minded to all types of music. You don’t have to like it but

there is always something you can learn from it, which is why everything I perform I play it as though it is my favourite. Not

because I truly like the song, but because I love to play my horn. I wouldn’t describe my Trumpet as my first love; it is an

extension of me. Yes, I do love it because I speak and say things through it that I may not be able to verbally. I let my true

emotions; thoughts and feelings flow through my horn. And that to me helps the audience to relate and identify with the

music, no matter what is being played. My Trumpet is more than a love, it is a part of who and what I am, it speaks the

words I want to say that will grab the listener at the highest level of consciousness and deepest emotional level”.

Jonathan has called a few places his home during his life. For the last 13 years, the UK is home for him and his family.

Jonathan has performed and toured with:

  • The Beach Boys

  • The Box Tops

  • KC and the Sunshine Band

  • Lenny Kravitz

  • Tom Jones

  • Michael Buble

  • Tom Ball - Britain's got Taken Runner up 2022, Golden Buzzer

  • Finalist on Americas got Talent 2023

  • Gareth Gates - Singer/songwriter/recording artist

  • Peter Howarth - Lead singer for The Hollies

  • Vince Neil - Motley Crue Frontman

  • Stephanie Webber - The Voice series 4 contestant

  • Mel Brown - Legendary Blues guitarist

  • Nathan Foley - International Singer, Entertainer and Australian TV presenter

  • Nikki Bennett - One of Australias most talented singers, actress and television presenter

  • Russell Harrison - New Zealand singer, actor and television presenter

  • Ric Steel - Nashville based singer, songwriter and entertainer

  • Tina May - Jazz Vocalist, Brecon Jazz Festival 2016

  • Ian Cooper - Australian Jazz violinist, composer and recording artist


Musical Director for:

  • Duke Daniels - former member of “The Platters”

  • Fito Giron - Legendary Mexican entertainer and television host

  • Jesse Lopez - Entertainer and younger brother of Trini Lopez

  • Denny Brunk - Former member of the Buddy Rich Band

  • George Wallace - American Stand up comedian with movie credentials such as “Batman Forever” and “Punchline”.

  • Appeared as star guest entertainer for Carnival Cruise Lines during the Millennium Cruise.

  • Billy Armstrong - Country Western Hall of Fame inductee as

  • member of “The Sons of the Pioneers”

  • Philadelphia Plowden - Stand up comedian who’s appeared on Showtime, Comedy Central, HBO and Americas got talent Season 2.

Credits include stadium and arena performances around the world as well as various main show lounges and lounge bands in Atlantic City, NJ, USATrump Marina Hotel and Casino Showroom - “Reflections” & “Silk” courtesy of “Prince Productions”

Trump Taj Mahal Xanadu Lounge - “Fiesta Fiesta”


“I was hugely impressed with Crespo’s playing throughout the set, his tone rich and burnished, his playing assured and fluent...Again the standard of singing and playing was commendably high with May, Jones, Crespo and Tavares arguably the most impressive formers.” - Ian Mann Top UK Jazz Reviewer”

Jonathan proudly endorses Fusion Bags "Very well thought out design, comfortable and lightweight. Excellent"!



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