Singer - Songwriter - pianist
Jonathan Joseph Richardson (JJR) is a musician and songwriter/producer based in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He performs regularly around New England and he helps to manage and produce diverse musical acts. In addition to an active performance schedule, Jon is also known for his song writing, producing, and composing. Jon earned his Master’s Degree in Music from New England Conservatory in Boston in 2017.
Piano Bar Performer
Jon is a featured performer at Tin Pan Alley and the Crown and Anchor in Provincetown, Massachusetts and at The Front Porch in Ogunquit, Maine. In 2018 he performed over 200 shows.
Folks come to hear Jon’s original songs and to request their favorite sing-along favorites ranging from Broadway, Elton John, and ‘Sweet Caroline.’
Band Leader and Showman
Jon has produced and performed in a variety of musical shows across New England. His primary band, ‘The Vinegar Hill Gang’, features Sam Talmadge (guitar) Jacob and Kane Hiser (piano and bass, respectively) Kelly Bosworth (guitar and vocals) and Sumana Shankar (voice).
Jon also works regularly with Provincetown’s guitarist and vocalist, Peter Donnelly, as well as the legendary Bobby Wetherbee.
Song Writer and Producer
In 2016, Jon wrote and co-produced a full-length album of original tunes called ‘Tonic.’ His much anticipated sophomore album, entitled ‘When I Left’, will be released in February 2019. This upcoming album was written, arranged, performed, and produced entirely by Jon himself, with ten original songs full of lush harmonies and flip lyrical charm.
Jon was raised as a musician. He began playing piano at age four studying the Suzuki method, then added trumpet and guitar, both of which he still plays regularly. Growing up in the Twin Cities, he performed in professional theater productions (mostly musicals) and starred as the lead in high school productions of The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Pirates of Penzance, and Urinetown. He is still passionate about Broadway musicals and is currently writing one of his own.
Jon earned his bachelor’s from Grinnell College studying history. While at Grinnell, he became passionate about choral music and he sang tenor with the Grinnell Singers and served as the president of the choir his senior year. After moving to Boston, he was recruited to sing with some of New England’s most prestigious choirs including the Cantata Singers, the Marsh Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, and the Trinity Choirs at Trinity Church in Copley Square.
In 2015, Jon was accepted into a Master’s program at New England Conservatory (NEC) where he studied musicology under Dr. Ellen Exner. He also won a spot in the most select vocal ensemble at NEC, the Chamber Singers, where he sang tenor.