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Jonathan Pinson began his love affair with the drum set at the age of two when he was surrounded by the music of his mother's choir. His formal music training began at thee age of six with instruction on the piano, he then transitioned to the drum set shortly after at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and studied with Billy Higgins at The World Stage. Jonathan has enjoyed mentoring young percussion enthusiasts and helped conduct jazz workshops for inner city youths at local public elementary schools. He has received numerous awards including; 2007 Music Center's Spotlight Award, where he was awarded first place in the Jazz Instrumental category; 2009 and 2010, the Dolo Coker Scholarship and in 2007, he received the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship Award, a full tuition four-year scholarship, from the Berklee College of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. At the age of 23 he has played with the Wayne Shorter Quartet. He has also performed and toured at various locations including the following: Tokyo Jazz Festival, International Jazz Day in Istanbul, Turkey, Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Nancy France Jazz Festival, a tour of Israel, Newport Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. He has also performed with such notable artists such as, Herbie Hancock, John Clayton, Danilo Pérez, Dave Liebman, Ambrose Akinmusire and Eric Reed. He now studies at the Thelonius Monk Institute at the University of California Los Angeles, with a full scholarship studying with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter and other jazz greats.

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