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
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”
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