Primary/Secondary education: UK


Santa Monica College-1986-88

Cabrillo College- 1988-89

University Of New Orleans- 1990-91

California Institute of the Arts- 2011-2014 (composition)


additionally: studied composition privately with Dr. James P. Walsh 1994-98

guitar/composition with Carl LeBlanc- 1990-1992


Awards, Scholarships, Grants


-Louisiana Governor’s Music Fellow- 2008

-Louisiana Division of the Arts- DAF grant-2007

-Arts Council of New Orleans- operating assistance grant- 2007

-New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Grant- 2006

-20 Big Easy Award in Folk, Reggae, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Latin, best guitar categories.

-18 Offbeat Entertainment Awards also in multiple categories

-Downbeat Critics Poll- Rising Star Guitar player

-Subject of a radio documentary by award winning documentarian, David Kunian.  "Jonathan Freilich's Freedom Double-O Naked Klezmer Jazz Latin Boogaloo: The Radio Documentary


Employment Experience


As Bandleader:


Naked On The Floor

The Naked Orchestra

The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars

Jonathan Freilich Band featuring Walter Payton

The Tom Paines


As sideman


Kermit Ruffins (jazz)

Mike Ward and the Reward(new orleans funk)

Robbie Robertson (rock’n’roll/ songwriter)

Walter Payton and the Snapbean jazz band(New Orleans jazz


Michael Ray and the Kosmik Krewe (Avant-funk/creative jazz)

Marshall Allen (space is the place)

Hollygrove (R’n’B)

Frederick Sheppard(jazz)



As sideman (cont.)


Johnny Adams(Blues)

007(Jamaican Rock Steady)

Peter Stampfel(Americana)

Mark Bingham(producer/composer)

Derrick Freeman and Smoker’s World(R’n’B/funk)

Mas Mamones(Afro Cuban)

Los Vecinos(Afro Cuban)

Ernie K-Doe (Rhythm n Blues)

3rd Nature-(jazz)

Tim Green(jazz)

Dennis Gonzalez(creative)

The Drunken Masters(bizarro americana)

Alex Mcmurray(new orleans rock n roll)

Smokey Johnson (jazz/rhythm n blues)

The Wild Magnolias (new orleans R’n’B)

Fred Kemp (jazz)

Sam Rivers (jazz)

Gavin DeGraw (Rock)

Phil DeGruy (call it watcha wanna)

Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone (Blues)

Henry Butler (New Orleans)

The Royal Fingerbowl (Rock’n’Roll)

Rick Trolsen (Jazz/Funk)

Burton Greene (Free Jazz)

Kidd Jordan (Unknown)

Helen Gillet (French chanson)

Marianne Faithfull

Andrei Codrescu

Bernie Worrell

Bob Gullotti

John Medeski

Russell Battiste

Anders osborne

Stanton Moore

Davis Rogan and All That

Willie Green

Johnny Vidacovich

James Singleton

Rick Trolsen and Neslort

George Porter

Frederick Sheppard

James Andrews




Contributions to the Artistic Community


Panel for Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship selection (2010)

Panel For ACNO grant selection(2009)


Released a series of audio interview podcasts chronicling the New Orleans Underground (ongoing)





Print Reviews


New York Times

Los Angeles Times





LA Weekly


Gambit Weekly

Austin Chronicle

Dallas Morning News



Selected Performances



American Folk Life Festival- July 4th, Washington Monument, DC (1998)

Wolftrap- Washington DC (1999)

Berlin Jazz Festival (2000)

Playboy Jazz Festival, Los Angeles, CA (2006)

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (all years 1990-2011)

AnnArbor Blues Festival (1996)

Barbican Arts Festival (1996)

High Sierra Festival, CA (1998)

Bumbershoot festival, Seattle WA (1996,1998, 2000, 2004)

South by Southwest, Austin TX (1995)

Summer stages, NY (1998)

Louisiana Folklife Festival (1994, 1997)

Festival Internationale, Lafayette (1992-4)


Selected Recordings


The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars- Stretchy Records

Manichalfwitz- The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars (Gert town records)

The Big Kibosh-The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars (Shanachie records)

Fresh Out The Past- The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars(Shanachie Records)

Borvis- The New Orleans Kleamer All-Stars (independent)

Aguacero e Paranda-Mas Mamones(independent)

Guajira in cyberspace- Los Vecinos(independent)

Brief Repairs on the Gradually Unravelling Spool in the Sense Continuum-The Naked Orchestra(independent)

Pandemonium to Eidolons- The Naked Orchestra(Independent)

Naked On the Floor(Valid)

Studied Rudeness-007 (independent)

You Only Drop Once-007 (independent)

Crazyhorse Mongoose-Galactic-(Volcano

Tribute to Boozoo Chavis-The New Orleans Klezmer All Stars(Rounder)

Poems for New Orleans- Ed Sanders (Paris records)

Happy Birthday, Sabo-The Royal Fingerbowl(TVT records)

Let ‘em Have it- Iris May Tango(independent)

Guano and Nitrates- The Valparaiso Men’s Chorus

How to be a cannonball-Alex Mcmurray(Threadhead records)

The Rites of Man-The Tom Paines (Threadhead Records)

Songs of Vengeance-Mark Bingham(Piety Street)

Horses and High Heels- Marianne Faithfull(101 Distribution)



Professional Associations


BMI - DerKop Music.

BMG- (publishing administrator)


Commercial/ Film

Composed soundtrack for commercials: Mercedes, Southwest Airlines, Verizon.

Composed music for The Dukes of Hazzard (Warner DVD.)

Music featured in TV show, Andy Richter Conquers the Universe.




Musical Director for California Institute of the Arts production of Brecht/Weill's  The Threepenny Opera