"Jonathan Smith, an excellent straight ahead jazz guitarist..." Scott Yanow, Jazz Critic




"Jonathan Smith, a favorite of ours, playing some of the best jazz guitar in the area!" B. Eiswerth, Milwaukie Farmer's Market




"..straight-up, straight ahead jazz..." Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz


Artist Statement


My purpose through music is to communicate joy to listeners, foster authentic interaction among musicians, and constantly pursue personal growth in the process. I am particularly interested in bringing jazz to new listeners, and sharing this music with young people. One of the things that makes me feel success is hearing people say, as they often do, that they aren’t fond of jazz but they like the music we (Jonathan Smith Trio) play. That strikes a chord in me. Because we play jazz, and we also attempt to keep it accessible to most audiences.