Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith first played guitar at 4 years old.  After hearing saxophonists Eddie Harris and Robert Hutchens, he was inspired to pursue jazz.  In his early 20‘s he took up tenor saxophone, playing for a couple of years in a Portland jazz quintet. 


Smith has had the good fortune to meet and learn from many guitar masters, including: Anthony Wilson, Dan Balmer, Bruce Forman, Ron Eschete, John Stowell, Mike Bloomfield, Graham Dechter and Diego Figueiredo. He also recalls a memorable impromptu lesson with the great Bucky Pizzarelli.  Smith cites many influences and inspirations: Charlie Parker, Robert Hutchens, Jimmy Heath, Christine Jensen, Ingrid Jensen, Benny Green, Randy Johnston, Dan Faehnle, Terry Haggerty, Wycliffe Gordon, Alan Jones, and the list goes on...


While building his musical presence he has played in various Portland area venues such as Brasserie Montmartre, Living Room Theaters, Pioneer Square, Tony Starlight’s, Dy’s Broadway Supper Club, The Globe, Terrace Kitchen, Vintner’s Cellar, The Blue Room, West Cafe, Shirley’s Tippy Canoe, Mazza’s, and the Afrique Bistro.  


Smith feels privileged to have created music with many truly great musicians. He plays regularly with his organ trio, consisting of Marcus Reynolds on keys, and Jon Huteson on drums. 

Upcoming Appearances

  • Aug 13
    Jonathan Smith Trio @ The Hoppy Brewer,  Gresham
  • Aug 13
    Jonathan Smith Trio @ Milwaukie Farmers Market,  Milwaukie
  • Aug 17
    Jonathan Smith Trio @ Corkscrew,  Portland
  • Aug 27
    Jonathan Smith Trio @ The Hoppy Brewer,  Gresham


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