Born in musical family, French jazz musician Jonathan Orland began playing music during his childhood in Paris, starting with the piano and the clarinet. In his early teenage years, he developed a passion for jazz and taught himself the saxophone before beginning formal studies with Thomas Savy, Tom Buckner, and André Villégier.
At age 22 Jonathan was offered a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he had the privilege of studying with great musicians such as George Garzone, Hal Crook, Bill Pierce and Greg Osby. After finishing his studies at Berklee, Jonathan headed for Montreal, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance at McGill University and took part in projects with great artists such as Kevin Dean and Rick Rosato.
Back in Paris, Jonathan released his first album as a leader ‘Homes’, in 2012, on the label BeeJazz. The band is a quintet composed of young musicians from all over the world, and George Garzone, who Jonathan considers as his mentor, is featured on some tracks.
Jonathan has played in numerous venues and festivals in France and across the world, including: Le New Morning (Paris), Sunset-Sunside (Paris), le Nouveau Casino, Jazz à Vannes, Budapest Jazz Club, Piec’Art (Krakow), Shablul (Tel-Aviv), Upstairs (Montreal) and more