Jonathan Fritzén was born in Stockholm to a Swedish mother and an American father. He grew up in a musical family and started playing drums as a young child. Later, the talented artist added piano, bass, guitar, flute and vocals. During his formal training at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm Jonathan became one of the first students to receive a Masters degree in jazz. By the age of 22 he had performed on national Swedish television several times and toured with some of the countries most respected jazz musicians. Three years later he recorded his first album and in doing so he made his mark as the first Swedish pianist to release a smooth jazz CD. “Ballads” is the sixth solo recording from the Billboard chart-topping musician showing off a different, mellow, side to his musical persona. However, fans do not have to do without his readily recognizable Fritzén vibe …

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