Jonathan Crossley enjoys a varied career as a performing artist. Shifting his focus to jazz performance he continued with his studies with the late South African master guitarist Johnny Fourie, completing a Masters Degree (Cum Laude) documenting Fourie’s career and guitar methodology. In this field Jonathan has appeared on stage with such international artists such as Renee Olstead, Andy Narell, Oleta Adams and Gerald Albright as well as with local stars such as Paul Hanmer, Wessel van Rensburg and Marcus Wyatt amongst many others.
Compositionally his own music has found outlet through ‘The Jonathan Crossley Electric Band’ with this project appearing more than forty-five times across Europe over the past three years, most notably at festivals in Spain, Slovakia, Turkey and ongoing tours in the Czech Republic where he works with Czech musicians Ondrej Stveracek and Lukas Kytnar as permanent members of the band.
Locally he teaches Classical Guitar and lectures in Digital Music Technology at the University of the Witwatersrand, teaching courses such as Composition and Sound Design for Animation, Studio Production and the final year course ‘Explorations in electronica and electronic musics’. He is busy completing a PhD that investigates the technology/body interface and aims to develop a new guitar-based instrument as part of a greater cybernetic performance system.
He regularly tours with South African artists, appearing at all major festivals, most recently touring with Chris Chameleon in the show Viola! Along with James Grace- for which he also wrote all guitar and percussion arrangements.
Jonathan has released five albums, his first album ‘Dreams of Skilia’ was nominated for a SAMA in 2000, followed by ‘My friends and I’ (2005), a live DVD of this project (2006) and two albums with the Jonathan Crossley Electric Band: Funk for the Shaolin Monk (2007) and Got Funk, Will Travel (2009).
He is co-owner of a studio in Johannesburg where he engineers, produces and arranges.