Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Date of Birth


Jonah Parzen-Johnson

American saxophonist

Date of Birth: 26-May-1988

Profession: composer, saxophonist, jazz musician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Jonah Parzen-Johnson

  • Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a baritone saxophonist based in Brooklyn, New York.
  • He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up on Chicago's South Side.
  • He completed a Bachelor of Music in jazz studies at New York University in 2010, and a Master of Music in jazz saxophone at Manhattan School of Music in 2012.
  • In Chicago, Parzen-Johnson studied under Mwata Bowden, a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.He is a member of Zongo Junction, a Brooklyn Afrobeat ensemble, for which he performs and composes.
  • Jonah Parzen-Johnson performs regularly as a solo saxophonist and his music for solo baritone saxophone and analog synthesizer, balances simple melodic passages with extended techniques including circular breathing, multiphonics, and overtones.
  • Parzen-Johnson's solo music explores his interest in folk music and avant-jazz.Since 2013, Parzen-Johnson has performed with an analog synthesizer built around a Moog Synthesizer VCO, and Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Module.
  • His self-assembled synthesizer is built to follow the volume of his saxophone and a set of pedals he plays with his feet.
  • In June 2015, Parzen-Johnson released his second solo album featuring saxophone & his custom synthesizer, and spent two months touring 34 US cities in support of the record.
  • In an exercise to connect with people, and create empathy in all of the cities he visited, Parzen-Johnson collected three reasons to live in each city, and in November 2015 he released them as a paperback book called Three Reasons to Live Here.

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