Jonathan Fritzén

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Jonathan Fritzén
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Background information
Birth nameJonathan Fritzén
Born (1982-10-11) October 11, 1982 (age 36)
OriginStockholm, Sweden
GenresSmooth jazz, contemporary jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, producer
InstrumentsPiano
Years active2008–present
Websitejonathanfritzen.com

Jonathan Fritzen (born October 11, 1982) is a contemporary jazz pianist and multi-instrumentalist.

Biography[edit]

Fritzen was born in Stockholm, Sweden to a Swedish mother, flutist Katarina Fritzén, and an American father, composer Steve Dobrogosz. He started playing drums at a young age, and as he got older he also learned the piano, bass, guitar, flute and vocals. His formal music education comes from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm, where he became one of the first students to receive a master's degree from the jazz department.[1]

His debut solo album, Love Birds was released in 2008. Besides playing piano, he did all the composing, producing and played all eight different instruments.[2]

Fritzen's second album VIP (2009) features vocalist Laila Adele, guitarist Jay Soto, saxophone players Michael Lington and Greger Hillman. The album spent 40 weeks on the Smoothjazz.com TOP 50.

His third album Diamonds (2010) features saxophone players Darren Rahn, Jessy J and Koh (aka Mr. Saxman), vocalist Laila Adele and guitarist Alex Crown. The first single Dance With Me spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Indicator Smooth Jazz Chart, and his second single Undercover made it to No. 2 on the same Chart. Diamonds also made the top −10 on the Smoothjazz.com Chart, and hit No. 1 on Amazon.com in "Bestsellers in Smooth Jazz".[3]

His fourth album, "Magical", was released in August 2012, and features several different artists, such as Boney James, Jackiem Joyner, and Vincent Ingala.

His fifth album, "Fritzenized", was released in February 2015, and features artists like Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor, Nils Landgren and many more.

Fritzen has performed in several countries including Sweden, USA, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain & Thailand.

He is the son of pianist Steve Dobrogosz.

Discography[edit]

release date album title label notes
2008, July 15 Love Birds Nordic Night Records
2009, May 22 VIP Nordic Night Records
2010, June 19 Diamonds Nordic Night Records
2012, August 21 Magical Nordic Night Records
2015, February 10 Fritzenized Nordic Night Records
2017, July 27 Ballads Nordic Night Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jonathanfritzen.com
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.jonathanfritzen.com

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