Pianist, composer, producer, and recording engineer Jon Notar began studying piano, voice, and euphonium at the age of 10. Soon after beginning lessons, Jon began writing original compositions, eyeing a career path in music performance and production.
A graduate of New School University with dual degrees in Jazz Performance and Interdisciplinary Science, Jon has spent a large part of his career performing. He’s traveled and toured with his band, the Jon Notar Quintet and the Winard Harper Sextet. Jon has performed with the likes of Billy Taylor, Frank Wess, Antoinette Montague, Lea DeLaria, Grant Stewart, and Don Bradon, at noted venues including including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, The Smithsonian, The Kennedy Center, Denver Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, New Haven jazz festival and more.
While attending college, Jon also pursued his interest in recording technology, and eventually landed a position as a house engineer and producer at New York-based Mercy Sound Studios, where he’s worked with artists including Nicholas Payton, Co Co Brown, Saunders Sermons, Melanie Charles, Zo Zo Afrobeat, Rockie Dan, and Nick Holmes. Jon has also worked as a session keyboardist with artists including Kid Cudi, Jazmin Sullivan, and Cee Lo Green.
In 2007, Jon independently released his first Jazz album of original compositions entitled, “One Year”—and is currently working on a follow up album.