|Jonathan Fritz√©n (Sweden) - keyboards |
A year after his first release, Swedish pianist Jonathan Fritz√©n released his follow up album VIP. The first single: "VIP" became a top-10 hit on Billboard, spending over 15 weeks on the Smooth Jazz Indicator Chart. The album reached top-10 on Amazon.com as well, becoming a best-seller in Smooth Jazz. With his success, Jonathan has performed his music to fans in Europe, Central America and in Asia. As on his debut Love Birds, Jonathan covers eight different instruments, but this time he has help. Guests include world- renowned Jay Soto (guitar) and Michael Lington (sax) from the USA, Swedish artists Laila Adele and Greger Hillman, and some of Sweden's top studio musicians. Jonathan's formal training is from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, where he was one of the first students to receive a masters degree from the jazz department. At age 22 Jonathan had already performed with several major celebrities on national TV and toured with some of the most respected jazz musicians in Sweden. Three years later he made a mark as the first pianist from Sweden to release a smooth jazz album. Love Birds has sold in over 25 countries and received stellar reviews in magazines ranging from JazzTimes to various smooth jazz sites.