Danuel Tate, Tyger Dhula and the Mole, who all round out the collective, first played in the Modern Deep Left Quartet, before moving to Montreal. The band, however, shortly moved to Vancouver after being robbed of their gear at gunpoint. It wasn't all for naught, though. It was there that Cobblestone Jazz was born.
"The idea behind improvisation and having an open mind to what each player will do when its his/her time to speak is a fundamental part of our music," Jonson explains of their music. "It's really fun for all of us as we really don't know what will happen next."
Jonson had previously established himself with a well-respected solo career as a DJ and producer before venturing into Cobblestone Jazz. "Playing with a band is all about interacting with the other musicians," Jonson says of the difference. "It's almost like having a lazy conversation or a big f---ing argument on stage, but with instruments. As a solo artist, I'm letting each instrument have their spot and idea in the conversation, but I'm speaking to the audience and to my surroundings."
Jonson credits artists like Prince, Thelonious Monk , Herbie Hancock and Public Enemy to shaping his musical ventures, and hopes to preserve the sonic quality of music as technology evolves. "Digital DJing is the future in many ways, but the DJs themselves have to make sure that the sound is getting better in quality," he says. "The MP3 format is hurting the whole industry -- it's like fast food. The future needs to sound better than 16 bit CDs. Mp3's sound worse. They are made for a lazy, attention deficit society that would rather listen and buy a hundred songs that sound like crap than enjoy one piece of music that sounds as it was made in the beginning."
Download: Cobblestone Jazz, 'What You Want' (MP3)
Cobblestone Jazz, 'Flavour Mix' (DJ Set)
Subway, 'Joy II'
Eddie Fowlkes, 'Where Will I Be' (Claude Young's Last Temptation)
Cobblestone Jazz, 'Hired Touch'
Samim vs. Signor Andreoni, 'Deep Meet'
Cuica, 'Why Not Samba'
100 Hz, 'Tub Run'
Art Konik, 'Hum' (Playin' For the City Mix)
100 Hz, 'Shoot The Bar'
Inner City, 'Do Ya' (The Claude Young Mix)
Mr. Scruff, 'Giffin'
Theo Parish, 'Sawala Sayale'
Heiko Laux, 'Dedicated' to all Believers
Cobblestone Jazz, 'PBD'
Dimlite, Synonym4' (A Few Among Others)