Jon Zucker
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Jon Zucker

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"Marlboro native primed for move in music career"

Musician Jonathan Zucker went from the hustle and bustle of New York City’s Wall Street to the trendy sounds of the Los Angeles music scene.

Zucker, a native of Marlboro, began his musical career in 2004 after working for several years as an equity trader for a New York investment bank.

With his educational background as a graduate of the Freehold Regional High School District’s business learning center at Marlboro High School and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Zucker’s career in business seemed a certainty.

Although he said he started out in the field with momentum and enthusiasm, the hard work and drop in the economy after the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001, made Zucker realize he was ready for a change.

He took time off to do some soul searching and traveled through Europe, Australia and South America for six months. It was during this time that Zucker realized his passion for music was not just a phase.

“The one love that’s been constant in my life has been music,” he said.

Zucker found his way back to New York City and began to focus on his musical career. He bought new instruments, took song writing classes and bounced around from one open mic night to the next.

It wasn’t long before his talent was discovered by the popular Manhattan club C-Note and Zucker was offered a regular spot to perform.

The musician described the experience of sharing his own creations with an audience as an incredible high. Zucker, whose attraction to music began in the early stages of his life, said he was inspired by artists such as Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen.

He describes his music as a mix between Billy Joel and Coldplay and said it is piano-driven pop rock. Zucker said he tends to write songs that are meaningful and touch people in certain ways and the most gratifying part of the experience is when someone has been moved by his lyrics.

After several months of working on his craft and performing in local clubs around the city, Zucker recorded a CD, which he said proved to people that what he was doing was real.

The musician caught his big break in February with a gig at the Cutting Room in New York. Musical icons including Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones are only a few celebrity names that have graced the stage at the Cutting Room. Zucker’s performance included a CD release party, which he described as his coming out performance as a serious songwriter and singer.

“It gave me the feeling of being a big star,” he said.

Zucker, who said he had more connections on the west coast than he did in New York, decided to make a move to the center of the entertainment industry when he realized that the best way to make it in this business was to know the right people.

When you play a show in L.A. you never know who’s going to be there; it seems like everyone in Los Angeles is involved in the industry, Zucker said. He believes his odds of making it big have increased significantly since his move across the country; he said his songs are getting a better reception and he has been playing shows at some prominent clubs including the Viper Room and the Knitting Factory.

Zucker said New York was a safe place for him because he was always able to pack his shows with friends and family. He described L.A. as the major leagues for trying to make it in the industry because the scene is really competitive. Zucker said he has developed a real following for his shows, which he said is validation that he is doing something right.

Zucker is making a short return to the east coast for a homecoming show at the Cutting Room, 19 W. 24th St., New York City, on Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. For Zucker, the show is like coming full circle from his February debut. He said he will use this opportunity to show everyone that he has arrived and is on the verge of big things in the industry. - NJ News Transcript


Constant State of Fantasy LP (2006): Produced by Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Elton John, Weezer) and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Ben Harper)

April Rain EP (2005): Includes the songs "Fit Me Like A Glove" and "April Rain", which are 2 of the most requested tracks at internet station


Feeling a bit camera shy


Ever since performing onstage with Billy Joel while in college, I've had a dream of becoming a successful songwriter and performer. The dream took a slight detour after college, however, as I did the practical thing and pursued a career on Wall St.

I never forgot about my musical aspirations, however, and a couple of years ago I decided to quit my job, move out to LA, and pursue music full-time. I thought LA would be the perfect place to pursue my dream, as it is a town full of people doing just that, and the entertainment capital of the world.

"Wasting Time" is a song that means a lot to me, because it has to do with the journey I've taken and the lessons I've learned; lessons I believe are relevant for anyone who has ever had a dream or stood at a crossroads in their life. The song deals with the concept that, while life is short, if we live it right and follow our passions, we'll have enough time to accomplish everything we want! I actually wrote the song after reading a commencement address that Steve Jobs made at Stanford University, where he said, "if you're not doing what you love, you're wasting your time."

Having grown up in New York City and New Jersey, the main artists that inspired me creatively were Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, among others, and their influence still comes across in my work. Lately, people have said that my music reminds them of Ben Folds, and of The Fray, whose piano-based pop/rock is really popular right now.