Santa Fe-based ensembles (saxophone, composition)

Santa Fe-Based Ensembles (composer, performer, bandleader)

In spite of the town’s small size, Santa Fe is filled with remarkable artists, including some exceptional musicians.

This includes those I work with in a sextet that has been together for nearly a decade called Ornetc, as well as a wide variety of trios, quartets, and ensembles.

Chris Jonas Desert Trio
This trio draws on the music from the solo desert composition trips January of both 2021 and 2022

With Casey Anderson, Jeremy Bleich, bass; Loren Bienvenue, Milton Villarrubia, drums.

With Dan Pearlman, cornet, Lee Steck, vibes, Chris Jonas, saxophone, Alex Murzyn, saxophone, Noah Baumeister, bass, Dave Wayne, drums.

New Collaborations with Alexander Hawkins (composer, arranger, co-director)
With UK-based composer/pianist Alexander Hawkins, this multi-year collaboration
explores the ensemble music of Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor (drawing on never
performed ensemble pieces I helped arrange as a member of Cecil’s band 1995-97), as well as our own compositions and ensemble practices. This will weave together musicians from the US, UK and Europe, workshopping and performing together worldwide. (LINK: