The beginning of the 21st century marked the start of Jon's solo career. He has established
himself as a solo artist featured at major events, European Big-bands to Classical Chamber
Orchestras, Symphonic Wind Ensembles, International Brass as well as Tuba and Euphonium events.
Jon has been featured together with artists such as Ivan Neville, Bobby Shew, Steven Mead, Dave
Taylor, Arkady Shilkloper, Wolfgang Puschnig, and Millagros Pinera. Other groups where Jon was
featured were Heavy Tuba and Jon Sass, Vienna Art Orchestra.
Jon has played, recorded and toured world-wide with the creme de la creme of musicians such as
Vince Mendoza, Hazmat Modine, Peter Wolf, Ricky Ford, Brass Quintet of the Vienna and Berlin
Philharmonic, Art of Brass Vienna, Diaghilev Festival Orchestra, Ray Anderson, James Spaulding,
Michelle Rosewoman, David Murray, Sunny Murray, Butch Morris, Leon Thomas, Peter Erskine, Frank
Foster, Erika Stucky, Henry Threadgill, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Eric Bibb
and Howard Johnson's Gravity.
“That kinda leaves you with raised eyebrows. Tuba player did his homework, he was right on the money: tipitipi-ta-bome!” (Clark Terry – Downbeat Magazine)
Jon composes his own music and has arranged music for the James Brown Horns. Jon has several
recorded compositions, developed Creative Impulse a basis for seminars and courses, has written
play along books from Editions BIM and TMV records, developed a multi-media children's show
called "Sassy the Tuba" and in recent years, a team building seminar called The Corporate Groove.
“Jonathan McClain Sass, a virtuoso tuba player from Harlem who now lives in Vienna, defied the reputation of unwieldy instrument by playing exquisite trills that fluttered off into silence.” (The New York Times)