Jonathan Pugh grew up in Wenatchee and his first musical memories include standing by his Dad as he led the band at his Summer youth circus. Later, he connected with Don Lanphere in Wenatchee and studied with him during his teen years.
It was mutual inspiration as Jonathan become a regular member of the Don Lanphere Quintet, touring and recording eight albums with the sax legend during his resurgent career.
Jonathan Pugh started on trumpet, but today focuses on the mellower cornet. He presently teaches in the Edmonds Schools. Joining him in this Art of Jazz concert from the Seattle Art Museum are Dave Peterson on guitar, Jon Hamar on bass and Max Wood on drums, all notable for their tone and swing.
The Art of Jazz Concerts are presented by Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath, Executive Director and the Seattle Art Museum with the support of KPLU. The series is now in its 17th year of free concerts presented on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7;30.
The next concert on February 13 will feature the Steve Griggs "Panama Hotel" Quintet playing music inspired by the novel "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford, set in Seattle's International District during the early 40s.