BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Bassist Jon Paul grew up in the Chicago are prior to attending the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music Degree, concentration in Jazz Studies. He has been playing and teaching professionally since graduating in 1992. Previously Jon has taught at Rolling Meadows High School (Private Bass/Jazz Combo), Benet Academy High School (Private Bass/Jazz Combo/Beginning Jazz Ensemble), and Benedictine University (Private Bass/Jazz Combo/Pep Band).
For the last 15 years Jon has handled the low end for Chicago’s very ownTributosaurus, faithfully reproducing some of the greatest music of our times. Every month they pay homage to a new artist, reproducing the original recordings as closely as possible, leaving Jon with 1000+ transcriptions in his collection
Jon’s decade-plus association with renowned guitarist Fareed Haque resulted in international tours and a quartet of superb multi-culti jazz recordings: Opaque (Blue Note), Déjà Vu (Blue Note), Cosmic Hug (Magnitude) and Flat Planet (Owl). He’s also toured and recorded with keyboardist Jesus “Chuchito” Valdes, including on the Grammy nominated Keys of Latin Jazz (J&N/Sony).
Other performance credits include Wynona Judd, Danilo Perez, Tom Morello, Jimmy Chamberlain, Bobby Keyes, Big Star, The Bad Examples, Fiona Grey, Bryan Lubeck, Tony Furtado, Frank Catolano, The Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra and Ron Hawking. He also held down the bass chair for the show Louis & Keely Live at The Sahara at the Royal George Theatre.
Jon is fluent in many styles, having performed, recorded and toured with groups of varying styles including: Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Salsa, Brazilian, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Classical, etc. He teaches Electric Bass and Double Bass, focusing on reading, music theory, ear training and the understanding and study of various musical styles.