Jonathan Ragonese, composer-arranger-saxophonist, is a native of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City in 2007 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, he has lived and worked there since. As a saxophonist he has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians including Steve Wilson, David Liebman, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Tim Warfield, Tin Can Buddha and Steve Rudolph.As a composer his works have been commissioned and premiered by saxophonist Steve Wilson, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the The Righteous Girls, Bucknell University, West Chester University and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. In 2014 Ragonese premiered his ‘Not-this’ for two saxophones, at Carnegie Hall. Jonathan is an active educator, with lectures, writings, and the development of Music Before Words, a music program for infants with educator Renee Bock. His first recording, Ardent Marigolds, was released in 2013, a duo with musical father Steve Rudolph. 2017 brings two new releases, many premieres.


Premiere of Pandora's Box

Over the past few years I have worked on the score to G.W. Pabst's 1929 film Die Buscher der Pandora. The score, for big band, will be premiered live on October 10th at Alice Tully Hall. This is a work close to my heart, and I hope you can join me in this exciting endeavor. 

Monthly Contributor - "Audio Outtro"

Online magazine, by New York, for New York, featuring artists and their experience. Poems, plays, photography, journalism, music. Links below for each guest and their track: 

Mark Dover - Issue #10

Alex LoRe - Issue #9

Braxton Cook - Issue #8

Righteous Girls - Issue #7

Video of 'non-poem 4' premiere

featuring: Markd Dover & Jeremy JOrdan (April 2017 @ National Sawdust)


Righteous Girls album gathering blue received praise in Downbeat. non-poem 1 was called, "elegiac, gravity-defying..."

RIghteous Girls New Album - OUT NOW

Erika Dohi & Gina IZZO have released their new Album - Gathering Blue

Included on the album is a work of mine: non-poem 1. For more information visit their website, and buy the album at any major distributor of physical or digital music.

Release of New Album



Ardent Marigolds on R&L Records. Recorded Live @ The Rose Lehrman Center in June 2013.  


Available now on CD BabyiTunes, Amazon


Preview a Sneak-peak of the album below & Listen to a short radio interview on WITF (NPR) with Cary Burkett Arts & Culture Desk