Jonathan Richards is a bassist, composer, and music teacher living in Los Angeles. He performs a wide range of musical genres and has had the privilege of working with an array of artists including Joe LaBarbera, Terell Stafford, Jeff Clayton, Peter Erskine, Eric Reed, Van Hunt, JR Rotem, and Postmodern Jukebox.
Jonathan is a graduate of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. At USC he studied privately with bass virtuoso Nico Abondolo and jazz legend John Clayton.
Jonathan is a touring musician, with highlights including performances with Joe Labarbara at the Rochester International Jazz Festival and a North American tour with Grammy Award winning artist Van Hunt. He has traveled to the south of France to perform at the Cannes Film Festival with LA based group Vaud and the Villains, and most recently has been on tour with Postmodern Jukebox.
With a diverse music background, Jonathan has excelled as a recording artist. He has recorded albums with vocalist Freda Payne, Grammy Award Winner Bill Cunliffe, chamber ensemble Rozalia, and the Will Herrington Trio. He has recorded for numerous television shows and films, including the new HBO series “The Night Of” and the documentary “Somm: Into the Bottle.” Jonathan can also be seen performing in viral videos with Postmodern Jukebox, Sara Niemietz, and the Sarah Reich Tap Music Project.
While maintaining a busy schedule as a freelance jazz artist, Jonathan continues to perform classically. He is a six-year member of The Southeast Symphony and is often contracted to play for other Southern California orchestras. He is co-leader of Wilberta, a Los Angeles-based six-piece ensemble of emerging artists performing original music drawing from jazz and other genres. The band’s first EP is scheduled to be released later this year. He can be found most Sunday nights playing in Hollywood’s Sassafras Saloon with the Roll Call Quartet.