On 20, Dec 2014 | In Jazz | By Leigh
“Jonathan Hooper is an up-and-coming jazz pianist and singer out of Cleveland. The combination of the variety of his piano styles plus his luscious singing makes Mr. Hooper a double-entertainment threat! This young man is going to turn a lot of heads!” —Dave Frank, Assoc. Professor of Piano, Berklee College of Music
Offering live jazz in solo, duo and trio configurations, Jonathan’s jazz technique is built on a foundation of 13 years of classical training (starting at age five) as well as classical vocal study. His love of listening to jazz and his talented ear allowed him to quickly master a variety of jazz piano concepts, drawing influence from greats such as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Lennie Tristano, and others. He was recently featured as an up-and-coming jazz artist on Instagram’s Jazz Today, which currently has over 15,000 followers.
Jonathan performed for two years as a house pianist and vocalist at Rhett’s Piano Bar in St. Augustine, Florida. During his time living in this popular tourist destination, he also appeared at numerous other restaurants, lounges, and private events in North Florida and Georgia. For the past two years, Jonathan has studied via webcam with Dave Frank, one of New York City’s top jazz pianists and educators, author of Joy of Improv (Books One and Two), and former student of the legendary Lennie Tristano.
Jonathan has been performing with his trio “Hoop, Skip, n’ Scat” at Cleveland venues such as Society Lounge and Vosh. He’s also given recent solo concerts at Lakewood Public Library and Wadsworth Public Library, and he’s currently the pianist for Cleveland’s Prime Time Big Band.
In addition to jazz, Jonathan is well-versed in classical and sacred music, having played for countless wedding ceremonies, as well as leading music on a regular basis at his church. Whether you’re looking for ceremony music, solo cocktail piano, a small jazz ensemble with vocals, or a combination of these, Jonathan looks forward to providing tasteful musical entertainment for your venue or event.
Engagement Party ….Awesome!
John and I celebrated our engagement with family and friends. Johnathan Hooper opened the celebration at the piano and was wonderful. It was the perfect entertainment during dinner.
Then Christian Dela Vega took it from there as our DJ. He was remarkable. Very professional, fun and excellent at his ‘craft’. Everyone loved him and commented how great the DJ was all night. The music selection, lighting etc. were perfect.
Christian is very personable and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend him and Johnathan.Trish ZimbalattiSep 7, 2017Private Residence
Although my new husband and I weren’t at the cocktail hour at our wedding reception, we have heard several positive comments about Jonathan Hooper’s music. It was a great additional to our very romantic, elegant wedding and we are very thankful for him and for Cleveland Music Group!Roxanne MelchiorreAug 20, 2016Cleveland Marriott at Key Center
Our pianist Jonathan Hooper was very professional and easy to work with. Beautiful music!Jessica Grabnic and Dan EzziJul 23, 2016Bertram Inn and Conference Center
Jonathan was wonderful!
Jonathan (jazz piano) was perfect for my grandmother’s birthday party. He was easy to work with, and played the songs my grandmother requested. Everyone at the party had a great time and loved the music. I would definitely recommend Jonathan!Melanie O'DonnellSep 12, 2015Executive Caterers at Landerhaven