Shane Jonas was born in Dallas, Texas into a musical family. Encouraged by his talented mother, a noted church pianist and vocalist, and his father, a bassist and vocalist, Shane showed a unique talent for music at an early age. He began playing the piano at the age of 5. At the age of 8 he began playing the drums in his church, and by the age of 12 he received his first trumpet and excelled rapidly. He continued to blossom as a young musician, gaining recognition throughout the North Texas area, and at the age of 15 he began to play the bass as well as tour as a vocalist with various gospel groups.
Upon arriving in Chicago, Shane began to earn notoriety as a soloist, band leader, composer, and producer. Forming the Shane Jonas Quartet as well as a sextet called the New Direction Organization. In 2003 Jonas became a founding member of the Lowdown Brass Band, a permanent fixture in the Chicago music scene. Never allowing himself to be boxed in by genres, Shane began to gain respect as a vocalist and lyricist in the Chicago area. In 2004 he joined the jazz funk fusion band Spare Parts where he received high praise for his soulful melodic voice, dynamic stage presence, and trumpet effects. In 2006 he collaboratated with the Chicago Hip-hop group Ben-Sity. In 2009 Jonas founded the Chicago soul group the NDO, and became a member of one of Chicago’s most respected roots reggae groups, Akasha. 2012 proved to be a exciting year as he became the trumpet soloist for Radio Free Honduras, a latin-folk rock group in Chicago, as well as joining Mike Gallagher’s band Higher Order, and live house band Zombies in the Basement. Shane continues to perform around the world with the LowDown Brass Band as a lead vocalist and trumpet soloist.
Shane has had the great pleasure of sharing the stage with many distinguished performers including: Lenny Picket, Snoop Dog, The Wailers, Keith & Tex, Johnny Osbourne, Carlton Livingston, Charley Originaire, Kymani Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Niney the Observer, 2 Live Crew, Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Soul People, Bonarama, JT & the Clouds, Po Girl, The Drastics, Birds of Chicago, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub, and Illuminati Congo to name a few. Shane has toured nationally throughout the United States, as well as internationally throughout Europe and South America including performances at the Montreal, Montreux, Vienna, Chicago, Vancouver, and Lima jazz festivals.
Shane is an A.R. Resonance artist, and plays their trumpets and mouthpieces.