Apart from being known as one of the major players on the Australian jazz landscape, double bassist Jonathan Zwartz has recently emerged as a composer and songwriter.
His debut album of original compositions, The Sea, was released in 2009 and won two prestigious Bell awards, as well as being the best selling Australian Jazz release at Birdland Records in 2010 and 2011.He has recorded a follow up CD entitled Shimmer, due for release in the first half of 2012.
Jonathan also co wrote with fellow Bell Award winner Tina Harrod for her third release Temporary People and is collaborating on her fourth album, due for production in 2012.
He is currently studying screen composition at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Jonathan has an Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies from the NSW Conservatorium and a Masters in Music from the Australian National University.
He has performed and recorded with many notable Australian and International artists and has co-produced a ten part series on jazz for ABC TV.
Jonathan has been an APRA Ambassador since 2010.