Jonathan Hoel is a Madison, WI based saxophonist and composer. Comfortable in all styles of music, his true passion is musical improvisation in all it's forms. With 25+ years of study and performance, Jonathan has garnered attention and a loyal following through various projects including his jazz group the Jon Hoel Trio and his new funk project, Better Yeti.
Music was always a part of Jonathan's upbringing. His parents, though not musicians, had a deep love of music and records were always being played in the home. His grandfather was a jazz drummer who possessed a huge vinyl collection and a drum set in the basement. In high school, Jon studied sax and jazz improvisation with Anders Svanoe. He also got to spend a summer studying with jazz legend Frank Morgan. Jonathan attended college at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. where he studied saxophone with David Hastings and jazz theory/improvisation with Mathew Buchman. He received the John Radd Memorial Jazz Scholarship all four years of attendance as well as the Anne Schierl Fine Arts Scholarship for 2 years. Upon graduating with a degree in saxophone performance in 2005, Jon moved to Madison, WI where he quickly became an in-demand free lance artist. He started his own funk/jazz group Nuggernaut and performed under his own name as the Jon Hoel Trio/Quartet.
Jon's current projects include his trio, Nuggernaut, and Better Yeti as well as continuing his free lance work. He has been a member, performed regularly, or toured with the following acts: The Mustache, Que Flavor, Roots Collective, Vibe Syndicate, Mambo Blue, Megan Bobo & the Lux, Big Mouth Jazz Collective, Otis and the Alligators, Big Payback, Tweed Funk, Natty Nation w/ Kevin Kinsella. He has been lucky enough to share the stage with some of his idols including: John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Poncho Sanchez, Matt Wilson, and Andrew D'Angelo.