Jonathan Kantor, an up-and-coming tenor saxophone and clarinetist on the New York jazz scene, was born in Allentown, PA in December, 1983. Ever since the age of 5, Kantor has been performing music in front of audiences, often alongside his identical twin brother David Kantor, a singer/songwriter and guitarist.

Kantor became hooked on jazz after hearing Stan Getz on a compilation CD given to him by his uncle. In high school, Kantor studied classical clarinet, but by senior year he was ready to commit fully to jazz. His talent and passion for jazz quickly became apparent, as he won a slew of awards and scholarships, including the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and The Presidential Arts Scholarship to go to George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC.

Washington, D.C. proved to be a vital training ground for Kantor, who studied European History during the day at GWU and played in the D.C. jazz clubs at night. There, Kantor performed extensively with the Matt Grason Quintet and made appearances with Wynton Marsalis, The Glenn Miller Big Band and Carol Channing at famous D.C.venues like HR-57, Blues Alley, Lisner Auditorium, and the Kennedy Center. Kantor graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in History from GW in 2006 and was the recipient of the Barry Manilow Award for Excellence in Music.

Immediately after graduating from GWU, Kantor moved to New York to pursue a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition at NYU. Concurrently, he began his new job as the Publicist & Marketing Director at the world famous Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. Since arriving in New York, he has performed, studied and/or recorded with some of the world's finest jazz musicians, including Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Jean-Michel Pilc, George Garzone, Tony Moreno, and Lenny Pickett, to name a few.

At the Blue Note, Kantor has worked closely with the biggest names in jazz. In addition to publicizing and marketing events for jazz musicians such as Dave Brubeck, Charlie Haden, Chris Botti, Gato Barbieri, and so many more, Kantor also works as the Publicist for Half Note Records, the Blue Note's In-House Record Company, and McCoy Tyner Music, a client of Blue Note Management Group. He is the producer of The Blue Note Interview Series with Nat Hentoff and has appeared on numerous radio stations and in print as a representative for the legendary club. He is also the founder of and curator of the Blue Note Emerging Artist Series which gives up and coming students a chance to open up for headliners at the Blue Note.

2010 was an important year for Kantor - he performed a sold out show of original music at the Blue Note featuring Kenny Werner, Gerald Cannon, Adam Nussbaum and Alex Sipiagin. He appeared on Kenny Werner's latest CD "No Beginning, No End," playing clarinet as a part of the large wind ensemble. Additionally, he co-produced and performed on Christmas From The Blue Note, a recording released by Half Note Records that featured some of the biggest names in jazz, like Stefon Harris, Lenny Pickett, McCoy Tyner, and more playing Christmas music. Kantor also had the opportunity to perform the music of John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman with legendary pianist McCoy Tyner.

Though Kantor is heavily involved in the world of jazz, he often steps out of that role to perform with his twin brother David. Together they co-founded (along with mandolin player Alex Hirsch) The Bear Mountain Pickers, a bluegrass/classic rock band that has performed in pretigious venues in Washington, D.C. and New York (most recently The Highline Ballroom). They are also founders (along with drummer/vocalist Bobby Laman) of Grand Central Sound, a versatile group that plays weddings, bar-mitzvahs, and special events all over the East Coast.