Jonathan Mansfield is a 20 year old vibraphone/marimba/drummer/percussionist and composer based in London. He began studying at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 after being awarded the Colin Murray Scholarship. He is taught by Jim Hart, Gareth Lockrane, Mike Walker, Pete Churchill and Joe Locke. Jonathan took up percussion from an early age, predominantly playing classical music. He participated in the National Children’s Orchestra, before studying at Chetham’s School of Music. Jonathan then played with the National Youth Orchestra. Following that, he spent two summers at the Verbier Music Festival in 2013 playing percussion within an orchestra and in 2015 participating on an outreach course (developing new educational ideas, working with children and involving people that would otherwise have no connection to live music).
During his time at Chetham’s, Jonathan started playing more vibraphone as a result of Steve Berry’s improvisation and Les Chisnall’s theory classes. These classes inspired him to attend the National Youth Jazz Collective where he was taught by Jim Hart (vibraphone) and Nick Smart (head of jazz at Royal Academy of Music jazz course).
Since being based in London, Jonathan has been leading his own ensembles, composing and performing, predominantly with his Elftet (who recently performed their debut gig at the 606 Club, played in a masterclass with Dave Holland and received the Tebbutt Exhibition Award).
He also performs as a sideman in bands such as The Jam Experiment, the Ella Hohnen-Ford quartet, the Rory Ingham’s Quartet, Dom Ingham’s Sextet and Outline. Recently, Jonathan performed in a quintet led by Gareth Lockrane at the 606 club playing the music from the film ‘The Small World of Sammy Lee’, as well as releasing the Jam Experiment’s debut album.
The Vibes and Percussion Chair is supported by John East, who is also a member of the Chairman’s Circle.