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Jon is an active international performer, composer, lecturer, clinician and author. He is currently a professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His varied performances have ranged from Luciano Pavarotti to Bill Frisell to Howard McGhee to Johnny Cash, Leonard Bernstein, Jimmy Giuffre, Gunther Schuller. Rosemary Clooney, Linda Ronstadt The Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, The American Repertory Theater, The Boston Opera Company, The Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler, John Williams and Keith Lockhart, The Bolshoi Ballet, The Boston Ballet, to Sheila Jordan.
His compositions have been performed in a range of venues from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Mobius and the Berklee Performance Center and his work as performer, lecturer and clinician have taken him to Asia, South and Central Americas, Europe and Israel. Fellow clinicians have included Phil Woods, Sam Rivers, Gary Burton and Dave Liebman.
Recordings have included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bill Frisell, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Collage, Nova, Bob Nieske’s Wolf Soup, and The Jazz in the Classroom series. His recording “Dedications: Faces and Places” with Bill Frisell is now available.
Jon’s two books The Guitarists Guide To Composing and Improvising and The Chord Factory: Build Your Own Guitar Chord Dictionary are now available through Berklee Press and Hal Leonard Publications. A video Heavy Rubber, a documentary about one of Jon Damian’s inventions, the Rubbertellie is also now available.
Jon Damian is originally from Brooklyn, New York and some of Jon Damian’s private students have included Bill Frisell, Mark Whitfield, Kurt Rosenwinkel, James Valentine of Maroon V, Leni Stern and Wayne Krantz.
He is the Recipient of the Pro Arts Consortium Public Service Award and the Harris-Stanton Award.
Upcoming performances and workshops include Anat Cohen Friday March 30 at the Berklee Performance Center, the Jon Damian Quartet Friday April 20 at the Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA, Jim Guttmann’s Bessarabian Breakdown at the Acton Jazz Club in Acton MA., Guest artist and lecturer at NMIT in Melbourne, Australia August 2012.