This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Jonathan Karrant, who along with Joshua White, will be performing in his “Shadows Fall” Album Release Show at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Theater, May 27-28. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Karrant talks about knowing his future in show business from age five or six; how his grandparents turned him on to the great American songbook; how he didn’t pick jazz – jazz picked him; why he delights in bringing obscure songs to his audience; the advice he received that “it’s not about you, it’s about the audience”; his collaboration with pianist Joshua White; why live music is healing; the energy between the audience and live music; and a shout out to the legendary pianist Vinnie Falcone, who was the former musical director for Frank Sinatra.
Karrant’s album, “On and On” hit number four in the jazz charts. The album features such songs as “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” and “Doodlin’,” as well as the title track, and was produced by Tyler Monks, with pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Rob Thorsen, guitarist Mark Shapiro, and drummer Duncan Moore.
He was honored in the 2014 New York City Jazz Cabaret Honors and, in 2015, he was voted “Best Singer” for the Bravo San Diego Awards. Also, in 2015 Jonathan was asked to present two-time Grammy Award winner, Diane Schuur, with the proclamation of “Diane Schuur Day” in Palm Springs, Ca.