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Jonathan Zwartz : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Luminous : small jazz ensemble by Jonathan Zwartz, from the CD remembering and forgetting of the air

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Double bassist, composer and songwriter Jonathan Zwartz is known as one of the major players on the Australian jazz landscape. He has played with Pharoah Sanders, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Andy Bey, Nigel Kennedy, Cleo Lane, Larry Goldings, Katie Noonan, the Church, Renee Geyer, Jon Stevens, James Morrison, and Vince Jones.

His debut album of original compositions, The Sea, was released in 2009 and won two prestigious Bell awards (Jazz Ensemble of the Year and Jazz Song of the Year, 2010). It was also the best-selling Australian jazz release at Birdland Records in 2010 and 2011. The follow-up CD, entitled The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air is again the best-selling jazz album at Birdland in 2013.

Jonathan Zwartz is part of the 'Starfish Club' team that presents a monthly live music event at the Clovelly Bowling Club that has been filmed and broadcast live on ABC Radio National. He has also co-produced a ten-part series on jazz for ABC TV entitled The Pulse, which has been rescreened many times since its release in 2000.

Zwartz has composed music for the documentary To Spring From The Hand about the life and work of artist and dancer Paulus Berensohn, due for release in the 2nd quarter of 2013.

He has recently completed a graduate diploma in screen composition at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. He also has a Master's degree in music from the Australian National University, and an Associate diploma in jazz studies from the New South Wales Conservatorium.

Jonathan Zwartz has been an APRA Ambassador since 2010.

Jonathan Zwartz — current to May 2013

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2014 Art Music Awards: Award for Excellence in Jazz Finalist the recording The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air