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Jonathan Ragonese

New York, NY   

Jonathan Ragonese, composer-arranger-saxophonist, is a native of New Cumberland Pennsylvania. He has lived in New York City for six years, where he completed his Master’s degree in Composition & Undergraduate degree in Jazz Saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music studying with Bob Mintzer, Steve Wilson, David Noon, Michael Patterson & Garry Dial. As a saxophonist he has performed and recorded with local and international performers, Terell Stafford, David Liebman, Jon Faddis, Tim Warfield, JD Walter, The Harrisburg Symphony & Stuart Malina, Steve Rudolph, Steve Wilson and James Moody. As a composer his works have been premiered by saxophonist Steve Wilson, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the The Righteous Girls, and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. In 2014 Ragonese premiered his ‘Not-this’ for two saxophones, at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2014 Jonathan composed a new work American Dialogues : Introduction, which was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art & Jazz @ Lincoln Center; it was premiered at MoMA in July. His large works include: "Mother Goose Suite" (2011) a collection of dramatic nursery rhymes, premiered in New York City with Steve Wilson, featuring the narration of world-renowned composer, historian, and performer Dr. David Noon; a three-movement Piano Concerto No. 1 (2012) commissioned and premiered by soloist Erika Dohi; "Sweet for Duke", commissioned by the Vermont Mozart Festival was premiered in August of 2010. In the spring of 2012 his piece “The Rooster, The Mouse, and the Little Red Hen” for narrator and wind quintet won first prize in Boston’s Solar Winds Quintet Competition. His latest large work, Democratic Symphony (2014) was commissioned by and written for the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2014 Jonathan conducted the premiere of James Sheppard’s A Little Nightmare Opera in New York City. Jonathan has served on the faculty of the West Chester University Summer Jazz Institute & The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Camp; his educational endeavors continue to broaden with lectures, writings, and the development of a National Music Education Program as well as curating and leading a music-focused summer program for pre-school aged children at the Children’s Learning Center in New York City in 2013. In the fall of 2013 Ragonese released his first album, Ardent Marigolds with long-time musical father Steve Rudolph on PACT Records. In the fall of 2014 Jonathan will celebrate Adolphe Sax’s 200th birthday at the Met Museum with his saxophone ensemble, and make his debut at Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s Appel Room in December.  

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Flute and Piano Duo – performed live by the RighteousGIRLS

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