Jon Hunt (saxophones, clarinets, composer) holds a PhD from the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Whilst at the University he received awards for 'Top Undergraduate Saxophone' in 2004 and 'Most Outstanding Honours Graduate' in 2005. Jon has been nominated as a candidate for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship three times, and was also the recipient of the Jarvis Payne Award in South Australia. Jon was recently commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to compose and perform a new score for Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis.
In 2006 Jon was awarded a grant through ArtsSA and travelled to New York to study with the world’s leading exponents of jazz clarinet: Don Byron, Eddie Daniels, Ken Peplowski and Marty Ehrlich. In 2013 he travelled to New Orleans, performing with trumpet player Leroy Jones at Preservation Hall and Palm Court. From 2005 to 2008 Jon was Artistic Director of COMA (Creative Original Music Adelaide) an organisation set up to create performance opportunities for jazz artists playing original compositions in Adelaide as well as touring musicians from interstate. He taught clarinet at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide for six years but moved Melbourne at the beginning of 2013 to help further his career and abilities as a jazz artist.
Jon is a permanent member of Bennett's Lane Big Band, The Lagerphones, Shaolin Afronauts and Ross McHenry Future Ensemble as well as leading his own group the Jon Hunt Quintet and working as a freelance musician and composer. He is a founding member of and composer for the 10 piece soul band The Transatlantics, and Aria nominated afrobeat ensemble The Shaolin Afronauts, both of which are signed to the UK record label, Freestyle records. He has made four 'live' recordings with his group, the most recent featuring guitarist Stephen Magnusson. He has also appeared on over 20 other recordings in the past 12 years.
Jon has performed extensively at festivals and jazz clubs throughout Australia, most notably at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival; Wangaratta Jazz Festival; the Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals; and WOMADelaide. He has toured and performed with wide range of artists from many genres such as Mark de Clive-Lowe (USA), Leroy Jones (USA), Marilyn Keller (USA) Paul Kelly (Aus) plus many of Australia’s leading jazz musicians and soul jazz legends Fred Wesley (USA), Eddie Bo (USA) and Marva Whitney (USA). He has toured internationally, performing in the United States, New Zealand and Japan.