Out of the 30,000+ hours Jonathan has devoted to music-related study, practice, writing and playing, close to 10,000 of those hours have been spent listening to and transcribing musical vocabulary. Investigation into what makes the sounds of different players and composers unique from one another, through score study, transcription, and extended listening has taught and continues to teach him about how he hears music, and how others do as well. Transcriptions/the transcription process can be shared and expressed through performance and/or sheet music distribution, both of which Jonathan specializes in.
He has written 4 analytic essays featuring jazz-solo transcription and has transcribed over 20 full jazz solos by artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Donald Byrd, Booker Little, Wayne Shorter, Chet Baker, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Wallace Roney, Eric Alexander, Wynton Marsalis, Jim Snidero, and John Coltrane. Several of them are available for free download at Shoppe TRANSCRIPTIONS. Check that page often, as new solo transcriptions are constantly being added.
Below are some of Jonathan's large-scale, small-scale and in-progress transcription projects.
John Coltrane’s Solo on “One Down One Up” Live at the Half Note: A Brief
Reflection on Process and Study of Content in Extended Solo Transcription
A Selective Analysis of "Prelude no. 3" from Book 1 of J.S. Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier
Jazz Solo: Guitar
Jazz Solo: Trumpet
Jazz Solo: Saxophone
Analysis of Clifford Brown's solo on "Hot House" from Live at the Bee Hive
Kurt Rosenwinkel’s “Cubism” & It’s Post-Bop Ascetic
Jazz Solo: Piano
Jazz Solo: Trumpet
Jazz Solo: Trumpet (+Orchestration)
Remember, the following final products are available to you at your request:
-professional-grade tablature including concert/transposed score/parts
-audio/video recording of composition
-live performance of composition
Ensemble configurations start from 1 musician and continue up from there. You may also request multiple configurations to be included in the composition.
Most western classical instruments are readily available to be written for. If you are interested in including an instrument from another part of the world, discuss/describe what you have in mind, and chances are it's possible.