Jonathan Crespo was born in Chile, South America right around the time of political uprising and violence. The eventual overthrowing of then President Allende by way of a coup, forced his family to leave the country and move to Canada. Growing up in a country with a different language, he had the advantage of being young enough to pick it up quickly. Raised and educated in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Jonathan found his calling in music; “My brother started playing Trumpet in High School, one day I went into his bedroom while he was away and started playing it. I didn’t know what I was playing but I was definitely making noise!
My brother eventually taught me my first scale”. Being born in a Latin American country, one would think that he is naturally a Latin Music Performer, the beat is certainly in his blood but it is not his “bag”! “I grew up listening to The Who, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and so on”, he goes onto say “I’m a rocker in a Trumpet Players Body”!
Having heard him perform, one can hear his influences ranging from Rock to Jazz and Classical. “I started off as a classical player, one day I picked up a Chet Baker album and the next thing I knew I was off to Humber College in Toronto, a Jazz school”. In 2007 Jonathan was honoured to be a member of the Humber College Music Program Advisory Committee along side many influential members of the music industry including
legendary Jazz Pianist, the late Oscar Peterson.
- Jonathan Crespo – Trumpet
- Michael Bergauer – Bass
- Paul Stouffer – Piano
- Greg Evans (on tour with Jonathan from UK) – Drums