Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle bases himself in Austin, TX and Chicago, while spending time in New Orleans and on the road.
Jonathan briefly went to Depaul’s School of Music in Chicago and Studied under Mark Colby. He left school to pursue a full time career in music during the neo-swing movement of the mid-90s, playing with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms. He also played with Chicago’s emerging improvisers such as Josh Berman, Jason Adasiewicz, and Design Flaw and developed an interest in country blues and jug band music 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, getting to play with well established acts such as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel and Jim Cullum Jazz Band as well being a part of many fine local bands such as Jonathan Doyle Quintet / Swingtet, Thrift Set Orchestra, Albanie & her Fellas, Stan Smith, Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies, East Side Dandies, White Ghost Shivers, Hot Jazz Caravan, and the Giant Three. His time in New Orleans got him playing with the wonderful band, Tuba Skinny, who he's had the great pleasure of traveling with extensively. 2016 to early 2017 has Jonathan spending a whole lot of time in Chicago playing with the amazing Fat Babies as well as guitar maestro, Joel Paterson. 2016 was also the start of playing more regularly with Naomi & Her Handsome Devils and Hal Smith's Swing Central!
2017 has Jonathan headed out to the Pacific North West in May, with many events still scheduled in Austin and Chicago.
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!