Saraga Quintet

Saraga Quintet


The SaragaQuintet's debut album First Vision has been praised as a "stand-up-and-take-notice offering" by All About Jazz. They call it "...envelope-pushing..." ...engaging..." "...tuneful..." and observed within it, an " uncommon freshness."


All the members of the SaragaQuintet have worked hard to become well versed in the rich tradition and roots of jazz, and many musical genres, both on their instruments and spiritually. We are constantly striving to improve and refine our abilities both individually and as a unit in order to better communicate with each other, and to better clarify the stories inherent within each song we play.

Since we are all rooted in the tradition of jazz music, our sound has been said to remind listeners of "...the Blue Note Records of the early 1960's..." All About Jazz has also said that "at times, Saraga's music can exhibit a wandering, nomadic, Klezmer-influenced sound that further cements the (Dave) Douglas connection via that trumpeter's work with John Zorn's flagship Masada."

All in all, our sound has many influences, but cements itself only in the every changing states of consciousness of ourselves and our audiences.


First Vision by the Jonathan Saraga Quintet

released Sept. 1st, 2012 at Smalls Jazz Club (NYC)

recorded on January 8th, 2012 at the Cutting Room Studios in New York, NY. All Compositions by Jonathan Saraga. All artwork by Jonathan Saraga. Produced by Jonathan Saraga.


Jonathan Saraga - trumpet/flugelhorn
Colin Gordon - alto saxophone
Peter Park - guitar
Jeff Dingler - bass
Gusten Rudolph - drums