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Recent Press

"A far-ranging solo performance by the baritone saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson."
- The New York Times

"His unaccompanied playing captures the sentiment of an old Polaroid, long-ago happiness fading into the melancholy of memory."
- Philadelphia City Paper

"An album with sonic attributes that transcended the recording’s storytelling intentions."
- eMusic Blog

"A carefully customized collection of interactively synthesized sounds, perfectly melding with Jonah’s uniquely pliable saxophone tone, and haunting vocalizations."
- Buzz & Howl


Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a baritone saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. From the moment he put a saxophone together, in his hometown of Chicago, he found himself surrounded by musicians like Matana Roberts and AACM mainstay, Mwata Bowden, who were dedicated to finding an individual path to musical discovery.

Jonah writes lofi music for solo saxophone and analog synthesizer. He draws inspiration from the unadorned voices of Appalachian Music, lo-fi folk musicians like Bill Callahan, and the incredible tradition of Chicago saxophonists who he experienced while growing up on Chicago's South Side. Jonah has meticulously constructed a world of warm memories remembered in a cold present, as he melds the evocative nature of folk music with the chilling power of experimentalism.

In addition to relentlessly touring as a solo saxophonist, Jonah is an essential member of the nationally touring afrobeat ensemble, Zongo Junction, and an active freelancer in New York’s jazz and indie-rock communities.