Biography

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Jon Thompson is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter whose talents as a woodwind player, guitarist, and vocalist have been a contribution to the Philadelphia/ New York / Cape May area music scene for over ten years. He currently collaborates through writing, performance and / or studio work with Philadelphia and New York area artists including- the Machine (america’s premiere Pink Floyd tribute band), Gordon Vincent, Chris Harford and the band of changes, Philly Bloco and his own quartet.

Jon first moved to Philadelphia in the mid-1990s to attend the University of the Arts, and he graduated with a B.A. in music from Temple University.  After moving to New York in 2000 and finding work as a sideman in jazz and klezmer bands, he moved to Lambertville, New Jersey, where he began writing songs that drew on country and folk influences.  He formed the alt-country band Lazlo, which released two full-length albums (“Lazlo” and “Old Steel Company”) and opened for national acts such as Lyle Lovett.   With other artists, Jon has opened for the Wailers, Bernie Worrell and the Woo Warriors, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joan As Police Woman, Cassandra Wilson, Brian Blade, the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and the Jazz Mandolin Project to name a few. In the jazz/ r&b world, Jon has had the opportunity to play with Sharon Little, John Swana, Phil Roy, Matt Davis, Larry Mckenna, Grover Washington, Jon Madof’s Rashanim, the Melton Brothers and Jeannie Brooks. Jon has also performed with the Pittsburgh symphony, the Hartford symphony, and the Erie Symphony.

He returned to Philadelphia in 2006 and began working as a multi-instrumentalist with local and national artists.  Jon is a faculty member at the Lawrenceville School, the Princeton Montessori School and the Pennington School, where he teaches guitar and woodwinds. Jon now resides in Cape May County, NJ.
By Matt Kohut