Tue, Feb 20|
“Tuesday Happenings”: Hosted by Jonathan Pinson
Jonathan Pinson, one of LA's most versatile drummers and first call for everyone from Mark Turner to Tigran Hamasyan, leads the "Happenings". House band performs one set at 7:30pm followed by a jam session from 9:30-11pm. Jam session participants use coupon code SAM1JAM for a discounted 2nd set.
Feb 20, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Sam First, 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
Jonathan Pinson (drums), Julianne Sillona (vocals), Alex Grant (bass), Vincent Islas (guitar), Levy Barlevy (trombone), Jade Dacumos (piano)
"Tuesday Happenings" is a weekly series on Tuesday nights, curated by iconic pianist and friend of Sam First, Gerald Clayton. The house band performs one set at 7:30pm which is immediately followed by a jam session from 9:00-11:00pm. Clayton is out of town for this performanxce but has arranged for Jonathan Pinson to lead in his place!
Jonathan Pinson began his love affair with the drum set at the age of two when he was surrounded by the music of his mother’s choir. His formal music training began at the age of six with instruction on the piano. Shortly after, Jonathan transitioned to the drum set at the Colburn School of Performing Arts and studied with Billy Higgins from The World Stage.
While in high school, Jonathan performed professionally at various jazz clubs around the Los Angeles area. He also enjoyed mentoring young percussion enthusiasts and helped conduct jazz workshops for inner city youths at local public elementary schools, in high school as well as in college.
During his senior year in high school, Jonathan won three major coveted awards, 1st place in the Music Center’s Spotlight Award (2007), Performer of the Year at Alexander Hamilton High School and the Jimmy Lyon’s Scholarship Award for a full tuition scholarship at the Berklee College of Music. Additionally, he received the Dolo Coker Scholarship (2009, 2010).
After Jonathan received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music at the Berklee College of Music, he was one of seven musicians selected for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of California Los Angeles, which resulted in a Masters of Music.
Shortly after being chosen, he was asked to tour with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter’s band, at the age of 23. This experience has identified him as a highly sought after drummer in the music industry and has allowed him to tour and perform with notable artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, John Clayton, Dave Liebman, Ed Simon, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Marquis Hill, Gilad Hekselman and Joey Alexander, to name a few.
He has performed and toured at various locations including the following: Tokyo Jazz Festival, International Jazz Day in Istanbul Turkey, Panama Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Nancy France Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Currently he is actively performing with other artists, and teaching throughout New York and the Los Angeles area.
Sam First | 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045 | 21+
Refunds are only honored up to 24 hours before the scheduled showtime.
Show Times: The house band performs one set at 7:30pm which is immediately followed by a jam session from 9:30-11:00pm. A separate ticket is required for the the first set and the jam session.
- Ticket type
1st set ticket (7:30pm)
One ticket is good for one set of music only. Student discount code : SAM1STUDENTPrice$25.00
- Ticket type
Jam session ticket (9:30pm)
One ticket is good for one set of music only. Performing musicians use coupon code SAM1JAM at checkout for a $5 discount.Price$15.00