A self taught musician, Peidro began playing tenor at the age of fourteen. A couple of years later he was playing on several blues and rhythm and blues bands. His interest in Jazz developed quickly and since then, Peidro has remained loyal to his musical heros: jazz masters like Leon "Chu" Berry, Ben Webster, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins Benny Carter,Johnny Hodges,Lester Young as well as some of their disciples, like illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Paul Gonsalves,Flip Phillips, Jimmy Forrest, Buddy Tate, etc.
Although Peidro's sound and phrasing are deeply rooted in the swing-era, his approach is so natural and genuine that he has achieved great popularity and is aknowledged as a real “keeper of the flame” among the classic jazz lovers all over Spain. Often labeled in the past as an “outsider" a “rara avis” or “an stylist swinmming against the current” by some Jazz writers, also at the same time he's been always regarded in high esteem by the jazz media (critics, magazines etc) wich have always appreciated his honest, genuine and unpretentious approach and invariably have pointed out the richness of his tenor sound and his knowledge of the classic jazz idiom.
In the later years, he works mainly as a leader with two main units under his name: a quartet consisting on him plus a rhythm section and a six piece band (often augmented to 7 or 8 pieces) wich under the name of Enric Peidro Swingtet has become increasingly popular in the Jazz scene not only in Spain but also in Europe, touring quite a lot and delivering some swingin' jazz to the audiences everywhere. As a leader he has recorded 14 Cds under his own name with several different units and as a sideman his recorded work goes up to 35 Cds at last count..
Beside his projects as a leader, he loves to play in other bands either as a sideman or sharing the leadership duties with other musicians. Currently he co-leads a quintet with intertational sax player and entertainer Ray Gelato. Together they have recently recorded an album wich will be released in June 2019.
Also, he has recorded and frecuently tours with world class trombone player Dan Barrett, whith whom he also co-leads a quintet that in 2018 released their first cd wich was more than well received and got great reviews at the jazz media A particularlly interesting unit wich features Peidro its the "International Classic Jazz All Stars" wich include among others musiciams australian bass player and vocalist Nicki Parrott, french drummerGuillaume Nouaux or London based piano man Richard Busiakiewicz.
Always a hard worker, Peidro's schedule keeps him busy most of the year and as he has done for the last 20 years he keeps relentelessly exploring the legacy of the masters of tenor sax he admires, trying to find his personal voice within that musical language and delivering swinging, creative and imaginative music to audiences wordlwide ...
is a bandleader and guitarist specializing in pre-bebop jazz guitar. As a guitarist, Jonathan draws from the many and varied styles of pre-bebop jazz guitar, including the rhythm guitar of Freddie Green, the electric single-note style of Charlie Christian, the acoustic block-chord solos of Allan Reuss, and the gypsy-jazz of Django Reinhardt. Jonathan also writes a noted blog on swing guitar (now found here, on this website). Beside playing in his own bands, Jonathan is a member of the Bonebrake Syncopators (led by DJ Bonebrake of the band X), and has played guitar for Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders, Josh Collazo's Candy Jacket Jazz Band, Casey MacGill, Dean Mora (Mora's Modern Rhythmists, et. al), the Boilermaker Jazz Band, the Lucky Stars, Jim Ziegler’s Swingsations, Josh Collazo and his Feetwarmers, Bill Elliott, and Johnny Crawford. He played on Jeremy Wakefield's 2005 Album, "Steel Guitar Caviar" (Ecco-Fonic), as well as Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders' self-titled 2016 debut album.
As a dancer, Jonathan is proud to have learned from such original masters Ann Mills, Hal Takier, Freda Angela, and Bart Bartolo. Jonthan danced on the first place team at the 2002 National Jitterbug Championships. Because of his experience as a dancer, Jonathan is uniquely suited to understand the interaction between Swing music and dance.
As a bandleader, Jonathan has studied the authentic sound of the Swing-era, and how that differs from the styles of jazz that came before and after. Armed with this knowledge, Jonathan has given many musicality classes at dance events, using a live band to demonstrate the differences between Swing, pre-Swing Jazz, and post-Swing straight-ahead jazz.
As a student of the era, Jonathan has also branched out to study swing drumming, based on fourteen years of first-hand observations of only the best Swing drummers, Josh Collazo, Hal Smith, Brooks Tegler, Russ Wilson and Paul Lines. Jonathan has played drums for The Careless Lovers, Casey MacGill, Janet Klein, Falty and Friends, Stompy Jones, Dean Mora, Dave Stuckey, and Carl Sonny Leyland, as well as filling-in occasionally in the Campus Five and Orchestra. He most recently played drums on Janet Klein's 2015 CD "It's the Girl", using his 1941 Leedy drum set.
Jonathan has also DJed at swing dance events, including Camp Hollywood, Lindy Groove, and Camp Jitterbug. When DJing, Jonathan brings the same focus on authentic Swing music and unmatched danceability.