Jonny has been working as a professional guitarist for over twenty years. After early success with Flamenco-jazz albums, which led to tours and concerts in theatres and festivals, as well as television and radio work, Jonny made a decision to re-learn guitar technique and began studying the Django Reinhardt/gypsy way of playing.
Over the years, he has travelled through Europe to meet, play and learn from some of the gypsy grand-masters, including Bireli Lagrene, Lulu Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Paulus Schäfer, Fiegeli Prisor, Angelo Debarre, Rino van Hooijdonk and countless other fantastic players.
He has also appeared at the 2003 International Jazz Guitar Festival in Wrexham as a member of the Bireli Lagrene Quintette. Performances at all three legendary L'esprit Manouche Festivals in Birmingham '03,'04,'05, The International Gypsy Guitar Festival in Gloucestershire '02, '04, '06, '08, Beachdown Festival Brighton '08, Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival and the 34th Festival Django Reinhardt 2013 in Samois-sur-Seine, France.
In 2002 he released an album of gypsy-style originals released on U.S.A label, Refined Records. (U.K - 'Grand Bizarre', U.S.A - 'Turkish Blend').
He has had the pleasure of working with some superb musicians such as violinists Andy Aitchison, Mike Piggott, Tim Kliphuis, Steve Elsworth and Christian Garrick. Guitarists Mundel Lowe, John Etheridge and Robin Nolan. Also, multi-instrumentalist composer/arranger, Charlotte Glasson.
'GUITAR' magazine describes Jonny as 'the English virtuoso'.
And Swedish guitar wizard Andreas Oberg said "Since my first encounter with Jonny Hepbir at the "L Esprit Manouche Festival 2003", I've been impressed by his technique and authentic gypsy sound. Jonny has performed with many of the great guitarists in the style and he's been a leading player on the UK gypsy jazz scene for years"
Currently, he is concentrating on working with his Gypsy Swing trio and quartet, who have performed for the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Terence Conran, Roman Abramovich and played venues as far-flung as Morocco and the Isle of Sark.