Jonathan Sadoff's passion for music began with his first guitar lesson at age five in his hometown of Highland Park, Illinois. Over the next several years, Sadoff began playing a variety of musical instruments, writing lyrics, performing and recording songs. His early exposure to artists such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tom Petty and Pink Floyd inevitably paved the way for a classic approach to rock music.
In 2002, Sadoff moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music as one of eight performance majors admitted to the Studio Jazz Guitar program. While his acceptance to the Thornton School served as a launching pad for his ever-expanding study of music, including theory, composition, orchestration, arranging, conducting and performing, it also inspired him to explore opportunities in producing/engineering records and working with artists while still attending USC.
Staying true to his roots, Sadoff produces music the way he first heard it. His approach has attracted like-minded artists and industry professionals who have the same love for traditional pop/rock records and compositions. His talent attracted film directors at USC, and while he was still an undergraduate, he began writing film music and ultimately writing and arranging for USC Symphony Orchestra. With this diverse vocabulary of pop sensibility and traditional orchestral training, his arrangements, compositions and productions are a nod to older generations of pop songwriters and composers ranging from Aaron Copland to Jeff Lynne, as well as modern technicians like Thom York and Brian Eno.
Recent credits include the score to Good Time Max, a movie written/directed by and starring James Franco with Amanda Scheer Demme (Garden State, Blow) and George Agusto as music supervisors; The King of Central Park, a film written and directed by Max Winkler and David Gelb, that was featured at Tribeca Film Festival; The Merry Gentleman, a film starring and directed by Michael Keaton, that was featured at Sundance Film Festival in 2008; And most recently, Tug, written and directed by Abram Makowka, which is slated for a Summer ’10 release.
Sadoff has produced and written music with Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears, Anjulie, members of Maroon 5, Burn Down The Mission, The Outline, Taryn Manning, Street Drum Corps, He Is We and Disco Curtis among many others. His music has been featured on networks like Fox and HBO, in trailers for Feature Films and on nationally run commercials for companies like Old Navy and HP. Sadoff has also written under blockbuster composers Trevor Rabin, Marco Beltrami and Christopher Lennertz.
In late 2009, Sadoff was featured on the cover of Keyboard Player Magazine and was picked by Hollywood Reporter as one of Composers Primed To Take Their Place On The A-List.
As keyboardist, guitarist and backup vocalist for Thenewno2, Sadoff, along with band mates Dhani Harrison and Jeremy Faccone, are currently in the midst of writing and producing the band’s sophomore effort—this following a year in which the band was seen on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Coachella and Lollapalooza.
FEATURE FILM CREDITS
Plum Pictures (2010)
Director Galt Niederhoffer
Tic Tock Studios (2009)
Director: Abram Makowka
THE BEACH AFFAIR
Becker-Swibel Productions (2009)
Director: Justin Swibel
THE MERRY GENTLEMAN
South Water Pictures (2008)
Director: Michael Keaton; Official selection: Sundance Film Festival 2008
GOOD TIME MAX
RabbitBandini/ IFC (2006)
Director: James Franco; Official selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2007
SHORT FILM CREDITS
UNTITLED MAROON 5/ SLICK RUBIN PROJECT
Directors: Jonah Hill and Nick Jasenovec
80 DEGREES AND SUNNY
University of Southern California (2007)
Director: Justin Zelik
THE KING OF CENTRAL PARK
Jump the Shark (2006)
Directors: Max Winkler and David Gelb; Official selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2006 Malibu International Film Festival 2006 Santa Barabara International Film Festival 2006
University of Southern California
Director: Evan Rudin (2005)
University of Southern California (2004)
Director: Max Winkler
HANDLE WITH CARE
University of Southern California (2004)
Director: Michael Breines
TELL ME YOU LOVE ME - ADDITIONAL MUSIC
HBO (summer 2007)
FOX SPORTS MLB ADDITIONAL THEME MUSIC
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Warner Brothers Pictures (2007)
OLD NAVY "SUPERMODELQUIN"
HP - "UNBOXING"
ROUTE 66 CASINO "TAILGATE,&"ULTIMATE"
RECORD PRODUCTION CREDITS
BRYAN SCARY & THE SHREDDING TEARS MAD VALENTINES EP
Simian Records (2009)
Producer/ Engineer/ String Arranger/ Mixer/ Background vocals/ percussion
THE OUTLINE - PHANTASMAGORIA
Pulse Records (2009)
"Simpleton" Co-producer/ String Arranger/ Engineer/ Percussion
KANDICE MELONAKOS FORTHCOMING ALBUM
Producer/Engineer/ Guitar/ Bass/ Piano/ String Arranger
AMY JACOBSON FORTHCOMING ALBUM
Co-Producer/ Engineer/ Guitar/ Bass/ Piano/ Background vocals/ Mandolin
THE HATCH - FIT TO BURST
Forster Brothers (2006)
KIEV OCTOBER SESSIONS
AMONG THE HIDDEN - ON THE 27TH DAY