Jonathan Pearlman

Alien Music Club is essentially an on-going studio project conceived and produced by Jonathan Pearlman (JP) of Asheville, NC.

 JP grew up hearing light jazz and pop music. His first musical icons were Elvis Presley and Bobby Darin.  He was performing for audiences at age seven. He began playing guitar at age nine.

 JP’s influences are far-reaching, absorbing Lennon/McCartney, Hendrix, Clapton, and Motown, during the 60’s. Jazz-fusion bands of the early 70’s were also influential, like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Frank Zappa. These became JP’s earliest jazz-rock influences. Other influences include Tom Waits, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Donald Fagen, Ian Hunter, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Beck, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Paul Simon, Todd Rungren and Joe Walsh.

 JP was continually writing, singing and playing in bands throughout his college years, and he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Broadcasting in 1978. Fast forward the next 20 years or so, and he had become a successful videographer and producer, all the while pursuing his music. During the 1990’s, JP adopted the pseudonym “Alien Music Club”.  The idea of a club came from the desire to incorporate the talents of other musicians and friends in the creative process. The “Alien” concept comes from the wildly eclectic nature of JP’s music, which defies categorization. “It’s really a musical melting pot,” says JP.

JP had a major breakthrough in 2001 as he began to rediscover his musical roots. He started to study and transcribe jazz standards by Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Thelonius Monk, Chuck Mingus, John Coltrane, and many others.

 JP feels fortunate to be in the midst of a musical Renaissance currently taking place in Asheville. Two of his closest musical colleagues are pianist Chuck Lichtenberger and vocalist Stephanie Morgan, and he’s part of The Archrivals, Crybaby, and Stephaniesid.  He also hosts the weekly Alien Music Club Jazz Jam at Barley’s Taproom in Asheville. “It’s a great opportunity to meet and share musical ideas with some of the best players while at the same time mentoring young musicians new to jazz!” 

 2012 was a year of many milestones for JP. He performed the first ever AMC Live Show in the summer. He then performed his original jazz compositions at The Altamont Theatre in fall. “It was quite a humbling and fulfilling year.”

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