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.
Video of 'non-poem 4' premiere
featuring: Markd Dover & Jeremy JOrdan (April 2017 @ National Sawdust)
DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE REVIEW
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. www.righteousgirls.com