Jonathan McElroy earned both his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Performance on trombone and upright/electric bass; and Masters of Music in Composition/Arranging, from William Paterson University. He is currently earning his PhD in Music Education at New York University.

Jonathan subs on Broadway and off-Broadway; past credits include: Fun Home (Broadway and off-Broadway); Bella: An American Tall Tale (off-Broadway), and leads a sextet which features his own compositions and arrangements. Jonathan actively performs nationwide at such venues in New Jersey and New York City: Stone Pony, Arlene’s Grocery, Rockwood Music Hall, CBGB, The Continental, Somethin’ Jazz Café, The Bowery Poetry Club & Cafe; Philadelphia: Pontiac Grille, Chris’s Jazz Café, as well as in Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and places in between with his own group or as a sideman. Jonathan has also appeared on MTV’s “Made” series and TRL series with his band The Sly Caps as a performer and coach.

While composing and arranging for his own group, Jonathan has also composed/arranged for the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Flannery Brothers, singer/songwriter Alfa Garcia, as well as done orchestrations for Xiang Gao’s original, commissioned musical, Campus Chatter, for the
University of Delaware.

In between his travels, Jonathan teaches private lessons as well as music courses at Monmouth University in New Jersey. Additionally, Jonathan has developed and implemented the Ear Training program at Monmouth University.

Services Description

Jonathan performs for private clients and in various venues/clubs with different groups throughout the NY/NJ/PA area. A jazz musician by trade, Jonathan also subs on Broadway and Off-Broadway, performs and works with singer/songwriters, rock groups, wind ensembles, and within other genres.

An active composer and arranger as well, Jonathan writes for his own groups, as well as others. Jonathan has written, arranged, and orchestrated for big bands, singer/songwriters, wind ensembles, and theatre productions.

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