Saxophonist, clarinetist, jug blower, bass saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle lives in Port Townsend WA in the Pacific Northwest. He still spends time in Chicago, Austin TX, and on the road.
Jonathan grew up and got his start in the Chicago area. In the mid-90s he left DePaul’s School of Music to begin playing professionally, at first with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms. He has also worked with Chicago’s emerging improvisers such as Josh Berman, Jason Adasiewicz, Design Flaw, and Grey Around Green, and developed an interest in country blues and jug band music playing with the Wabash Jug Band. In 2004, Mr. Doyle moved to Austin to pursue his love of acoustic and roots music afresh. After a brief stint with the Asylum Street Spankers, he went on to freelance in Central Texas’ vibrant traditional jazz, swing, and western swing scene, playing with well-established acts such as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, as well being a part of many fine local bands such as Thrift Set Orchestra, Albanie & her Fellas, Stan Smith and the Jazz Pharaohs, Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies, East Side Dandies, White Ghost Shivers, Whit Smith's Hot Jazz Caravan, The Giant Three and his own projects The Jonathan Doyle Quintet / Swingtet. His time in New Orleans led to touring with the hot jazz and traditional blues band, Tuba Skinny. And his connection to Chicago led to playing with the amazing Fat Babies as well as guitar maestro, Joel Paterson. More recently he has started performing with Naomi & Her Handsome Devils, Hal Smith's Swing Central, and the Casey MacGill Orchestra!
Jonathan is committed to crafting original music as well studying the American musical traditions. He strives to organize and be a part of bands whose music is rooted, yet distinct. And to play for listeners and dancers anywhere they'll have him!
Jonathan has had a career that has allowed him to perform professionally on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, at Preservation Hall, on Austin City Limits TV show, at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, in the famous Spiegeltent, at Chichen Itza, and major festivals such as Chicago Jazz Fest, Chicago Blues Fest, New Orleans Jazz Fest, French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, Detroit Jazz Fest, Umbria Jazz Fest, Port Ferry Folk Festival, WOMADelaide World Music Festival, Festival International in Lafayette. He’s also busked on street corners from New Orleans and Mexico to Australia and Europe.
He played on and toured to support the grammy nominated album “Willie and the Wheel” with Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel.
Some of the fine musicians that Jonathan has had the pleasure of performing or recording with include:
Pinetop Perkins, The Bobbettes, Young Jesse, Emily Gimble, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Willie Nelson, Kat Edmonson, Sam Lay, Dave Meyers, Lyle Lovett, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Andrew Bird, Nick Curran, JD McPherson, Marty Grosz, Barrett Deems, Alice Spencer, Rob Stone, Big Jay MacNeely, Big Sandy, Janis Martin, Dave Biller, Slim Richey, Pokey LaFarge, Kevin O’Donnell, Stanley Smith, Erik Hokkanen, Wayne Hancock, Casey MacGill, & Ryan Gould.
photo by Rebecca Ciprus