Eastside Punks #22 / Musician Percussionist Jonathan Gomez Interview
28 year old percussionist Jonathan Gomez was born in Bogota, Colombia. There is no question as to why he has been able to take traditional Colombian music to popular venues around the US. His musical career began at the age of 5 at “Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Colombia” then continued at the “Pontificia Universidad Javeriana” where he gained a better understanding of world music.
He has performed in renown festivals such as Globalfest, Music of Colors (Detroit) and SXSW (Austin, TX) among others. He has also participated in the first Colombian musical presented at the Lincoln Center, “La Mas Grande Historia Jamas Cantada” and earned a Grammy Award with the Arturo O’farrill & his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Jonathan has an extensive career in the salsa scene in Colombia as part of “La Real Charanga”, recording two productions and taking first place in “Salsa al Parque” and "Jazz al Parque”. He has had the opportunity of playing and recording with many well-known artists such as Luisito Carrión, Luis Felipe Gonzalez, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Kader Japonaise & Shwekey to name a few. Jonathan currently resides in New York City.