Knutsson is also one of the most expressive saxophonists playing today. Combine this with his flawless technique and Knutsson becomes an artist in the Liszt tradition.– All About Jazz
Swedish soprano, alto, baritone, sopranino saxophonist and composer Jonas Knutsson was born in Umeå, 1965.
He began playing alto saxophone in the local music school and with the local wind band in the mid seventies. One early inspirator was saxophonist Sahib Shihab who Jonas met several times during summer jazz workshops. In 1980 he became a member of the jazz rock group Cabazz, based in Umeå at that time. In 1981 he moved to Skellefteå for musical studies and got involved in a project with traditional sami yoik singing. This created a fascination for folk music and the luminiscent melodies of the north. Since his move to Stockholm in 1983 he has worked with a number of groups, artists and projects within jazz, fusion and folk music. Some examples are: Mynta, Elise Einarsdotter Ensemble, Encore, Enteli, Nordan, Jonas Knutsson Band, Triptyk, Stockholm Folk Big Band, Världsorkestern and Bertrand Renaudin’s Larbre Voyage.
Jonas is presently performing with Berger Knutsson Spering and Beches Brew as well as with guitarist Johan Norberg in the formation ”Norrland”. They have released 3 CD:s on the german label ACT and toured all over europe. He leads Horn Please and Jonas Knutsson Quartet and records and tours with Belgian composer/pianist/singer Mathilde Renault and Maroccan percussionist Khalid Kouhen as well as with Nils Landgren. He is also teaching in the conservatory in stockholm where he is conducting a world music big band in the folk music department among other things.
Jonas’ album Blåslåtar was nominated for a grammy 2011 and Jonas himself was nominated for the Artist of the Year 2011 award at the Folk and Worldmusic-Gala in Gothenburg, Sweden. In September 2015 he is featured on two C&E albums, Blue Blue w Berger Knutsson Spering Schultz and Orsa by Night, a duo album w poet/musician Thomas Tidholm