BIOGRAPHY

JONATHAN FINKELMAN is a New York-born guitarist.  A graduate of the City College jazz program where he studied with the Modern Jazz Quartet’s John Lewis, Jonathan has been performing and teaching in the New York area for many years.  He has appeared on television and radio with the jazz group Janela, and has performed music for numerous theatrical productions, including the American Theater of Actors’ production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Five Moon Theatre’s production of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well, and Summer Suns/Tales of Night, written and directed by George C. Wolfe.  Along with trumpeter Michael Neal, Jonathan co-led a jazz quintet that performed regularly at Riverside Church’s esteemed Chamber Music series. Teaming up with vocalist/songwriter Ellen Weiss, Jonathan comprises half of the duo Moonglow, performing jazz, rock and soul classics as well as original material at Manhattan venues such as the Metropolitan Room and Caffe Vivaldi. Most recently, Jonathan arranged and played lead guitar tracks on singer/songwriter John Michael Hersey’s CD, Personal Belongings.  Jonathan holds a B.F.A. degree in Guitar Performance and an M.A. in Music Composition, and for many years was on the music faculty of Hunter College.  He has published articles inThe Annual Review of Jazz Studies,Jazzforschung/Jazz Research, and Soundboard.