"How is it possible for a band to rock with such raw, rumbling, kinetic high octane impunity? ...a way of introduction to an idiosyncratic genius harboring boundary-stretching notions in his musical make up... [Big Five Chord takes] spontaneous improvisation to a new cosmic level and then proceed to jam it hard into tonal, rhythmic overdrive. Be prepared to go far, far out, and deep!” - CJ Bond, 'JazMuzic.com'
"Assaultive, cleverly fun punk jazz" - 'Lucid Culture'
"The sound of guys with chops losing their minds" - Chris Spector, 'Midwest Record'
One of the "Best of 2011 (So Far)" - Chris Robinson, 'Outside-Inside-Out'
"Cruel and funny and kind of punk although the band has pretty awesome chops for a punk jazz band...you’ll see this here at the end of the year on our best of 2011 list" - Delarue, 'Lucid Culture'
Guitarist, composer, and bandleader Jon Lundbom resides in Brooklyn, New York City. He leads Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord, with which he has released three albums. Their most recent, "Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers!", is now available from Hot Cup Records.
Jon also co-leads the Jon Lundbom/Bryan Murray Quartet with tenor saxophonist Bryan Murray. As a sideman, Jon performs regularly with Wolfe & the Wayside, Bryan Murray & the Haggards, the ICUP Orchestra, and Aaron Irwin’s Vicious World Project, as well as with Stuart d’Arrietta’s "Belly of a Drunken Piano – The Music of Tom Waits." Jon has collaborated extensively with a number of theater and performance artists including Julia May Jonas (Nellie Tinder) and Andrew Dinwiddie (Catch! Performance Series).
Originally hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Jon began playing guitar in the second grade, more seriously as a young teenager. After years of performing in and around his hometown and a brief tour of Europe, Jon moved to Chicago proper to attend the Jazz Studies program at DePaul University. There he studied Jazz guitar with Bob Palmieri, classical guitar with Mark Maxwell, and improvisation with Larry Novak, Larry Gray, Alan Swain, and others. Also, while at DePaul, Jon studied classical composition with Drs. George Flynn, Kurt Westerburg, and Jeff Kowalkowski (of Jack the Dog).
As Jon's interests in twentieth-century classical music and more advanced forms of improvisation developed, his music became increasingly informed by non-linear complexity and open improvisational structures. While at DePaul, Jon maintained an active performance schedule, performing frequently under his own name in and around Chicago. He also, along with cellist and composer Andrew Morgan, co-founded both the DePaul University Avant-Garde Music Society and (with guitarist Aaron Solomon) the Seven Days of Stockhausen improvisation collective. Jon also performed or recorded alongside such renowned musicians as Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Eric Leonardsen, Laurie Lee-Moses, and Bob Falesch.
Upon graduation, Jon relocated to New York City and began performing on the Jazz and improvised music scenes while studying with guitarists such as John Scofield, Ben Monder, and Steve Cardenas. Eventually, Jon began attending the Master's program at the Manhattan School of Music. There, Jon studied privately with Jack Wilkins, as well as with David Liebman, Chris Rosenberg, and Phil Markowitz, to name a few. Jon left MSM after a semester, however, and began pursuing his own music toward the release of his debut recording, "Big Five Chord."
"Big Five Chord" features long-time friend and fellow Chicago native Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone, along with Dominic Lalli on tenor saxophone, Moppa Elliott on bass, and Justin Walke on drums. The album was recorded at Vibromonk Studios in Brooklyn, NY, by Tamir Muskat (Firewater, Big Lazy, Gogol Bordello); mastered by two-time Grammy-award-winner Seth Foster at Universal Mastering; and released in association with For the Artist Records.
Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord’s sophomore recording, “All the Pretty Ponies,” was recorded live in New York in Fall of 2004. It features Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone and Moppa Elliott on bass in addition to Bryan Murray on tenor saxophone and Andrew Bain on drums. The album was edited by Charles Lipper and mastered by Seth Foster.
Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord released their long-awaited third album, "Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord Accomplish Jazz," on Hot Cup Records in December of 2009. It featured Jon Irabagon, Bryan Murray, Moppa Elliott, and Danny Fischer on drums. "Accomplish Jazz" was recorded by Wayne Dorell at the Pigeon Club, mixed by Gabe Schwartz at Fireplace Studios, and again mastered by Seth Foster at Universal Mastering.
And, now, Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord are proud to release "Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers!," their second album for Hot Cup and fourth overall. It features the same band from "Accomplish Jazz" and was recorded by Gabe Schwartz at Fireplace Studios and mastered by Seth Foster at Universal Mastering.