Jonathan Scales

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Jonathan L. Scales
Scales at Béle Chére on July 23, 2010
Scales at Béle Chére on July 23, 2010
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Scales
Born (1984-09-14) September 14, 1984 (age 37)
San Francisco
OriginAsheville, North Carolina, US
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, world music
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, composer,
InstrumentsSteel Pan Drums
Years active2006–present
Associated actsJonathan Scales Fourchestra, Victor Wooten, Howard Levy, Jeff Coffin, Casey Driessen, Cody Wright

Jonathan Scales (born September 14, 1984) is an American steel pannist and composer. He has recorded and produced five albums, the most recent being Mixtape Symphony, released on 2014 on Ropeadope Records. The album features guest performances by Victor Wooten and Howard Levy. Since 2007, Scales has recorded and performed with Victor Wooten, Howard Levy, The Duhks, Roy "Future Man" Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Jeff Sipe, Casey Driessen, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Yonrico Scott, and Béla Fleck whom Scales describes as his 'musical hero'.[1] His albums have been reviewed by Modern Drummer[2] and Jazz Times.[3] Scales graduated from Appalachian State University in 2006.

Early life and career details[edit]

Scales was born in San Francisco and was raised in a military family, spending time in Maryland, Virginia, Fort Bragg, and Germany before settling in North Carolina around the age of fifteen.[4] A saxophonist since high school, Scales took up the steelpan in 2002 and fell in love with the sound of the instrument. Scales enrolled at Appalachian State University in 2002, and after graduating, formed the jazz fusion quartet Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. The band's collaborative debut, Fourchestra, was released in 2013 on Ropeadope Records. 2014 ushered in "Mixtape Symphony," a long-form album inspired by Roy "Futureman" Wooten, also released on Ropeadope Records, featuring compositions by both Scales and bassist Cody Wright.


As solo artist[edit]

  • One Track Mind, 2007
  • Plot/Scheme, 2008
  • Character Farm and Other Short Stories, 2011

with Fourchestra[edit]

  • Fourchestra, 2013 (Ropeadope)
  • Mixtape Symphony, 2014 (Ropeadope)
  • Pillar, 2018 (Ropeadope)
  • Mindstate Music, 2019 (Ropeadope)


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