Biography

Jonathan Ross

 Jonathan Ross, a native of Oak Park, IL, began playing guitar at age 12. He became interested in Guitar through his Dad, who introduced him to the instrument. By the age of 14, he was a fixture at the local record stores 2nd Hand Tunes (now Oak Park Records) and Val's Halla Records. 


He first played mostly rock and blues, until his Junior year of high school when he first heard Jazz music in the form of "Money Jungle" by Duke Ellington. He immediately began studying improvised music.


He taught his first lesson a few years later, and immediately found a passion for Music Education. This one lesson has lead to a so far 15 year teaching career.


Jon graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies in May 2008. 


In 2015, Jon moved to Toledo, Ohio, where he earned his Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Toledo on a full scholarship in 2017. 


While at University of Toledo, Jon taught several Undergraduate courses, including Jazz History/African American History, Group Guitar for the Non-Major, and Improvisation.


Jon continues to teach lessons in his home studio, in students homes, and online, as well as playing gigs and concerts in Chicago and Northwest Indiana.


He is composing music for several different musical projects, and released "A Road Less Traveled" with his guitar duo group (i 2 i, pronounced "Eye to Eye).


Jon has played with many people over the years including Frank Dawson, Carl Coan, Norm Damschroder, Tad Weed (Stanley Turrentine, Sarah Vaughan), Gunnar Mossblad (Dave Liebman), Steve Hashimoto, Lannie Turner (Albert King) and Jazz great Billy Foster.


Jon resides in Forest Park, IL.