Jonathan Ross began playing guitar at age 12. His earliest influences on guitar were Jimi Hendrix, Kirk Hammett, and his Dad, who also plays guitar. A few years later he heard the "Three Kings" of the blues (Freddie, Albert and B.B.) and would try to pick out their solo lines by ear. As a junior in high school, he heard the Duke Ellington album, "Money Jungle", which was a major turning point in his life. He then devoted himself to studying Jazz, and improvised music.
In 2008, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago while studying with Frank Dawson (Chicago Jazz Ensemble, noted educator) and Bill Boris (Bill Boris Organ Trio). It was also while at Columbia that he taught his first private-guitar lesson, which realized a love for teaching. After graduation he gained invaluable experience as a freelance musician, playing guitar (and occasionally bass) all over the Midwest in a variety of musical genres. He has also performed with the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra of LaPorte, Indiana in 2010 as a featured soloist.
In 2015, he earned a full scholarship to the University of Toledo to earn his Master's Degree. He received his Master's Degree in May 2017. He has performed with Gunnar Mossblad and Norman Damschroder, Gene Parker, as well as Tad Weed, Lannie Turner (Albert King, Rory Gallagher), and Carl Coan.
He is an active member in the Toledo/Detroit jazz scenes. He still teaches lessons and is constantly working on evolving and sharing music.
He is currently working on several new releases including the debut album of his Guitar Duo Group "i 2 i" (pronounced "Eye to Eye"), which will be released in early 2018.