Jonathan Beckett

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Name: Jonathan Beckett

Instrument(s): Saxes

About me: Jonathan Beckett has been a professional saxophone player for over 30 years. He earned the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois in 2013, and Master of Music from the University of North Texas in 2006.  He recently played an engagement with acclaimed bassist Gene Perla. He was a featured soloist and clinician with the One O’clock Lab Band at North Texas, as well as with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Beckett has shared the stage with Gene Perla, Harry Connick Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen, Jimmy Heath, the Temptations, Kenny Rogers, Ray Price, The Ojays, and many others. He has been active in the Champaign-Urbana area playing with local musicians as well as teaching music privately.