Born & raised in Los Angeles, Jared Schonig began playing the drums at age 14. He won 7 Downbeat Student Music Awards before graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 2005, during which time he also performed with Joe Locke and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Now a resident of New York City, Schonig has toured and/or recorded internationally with Nicholas Payton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donny McCaslin, Laurence Hobgood, Fred Hersch, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Locke, and Ernie Watts among others. A favorite among vocalists, Schonig tours with Grammy Award-winners Kurt Elling and The New York Voices in addition to rising vocal supergroup Duchess and Concord Records artist Spencer Day. He also co-leads The Wee Trio, which was named “a group to watch” by Downbeat Magazine and has five critically-acclaimed albums to its name. When at home in New York, Schonig plays on a number of Broadway shows – he currently holds the drum chair for the critically acclaimed Broadway Revival of The Color Purple– and is in-demand as a drummer/percussionist for studio recordings and session work.
Born 1983 in Los Angeles, CA to a family of professional musicians, Jared Schonig began playing the piano at age 5 and the drums at age 14. While a young student in Los Angeles, Jared had numerous opportunities to perform professionally and with various all-star bands, and won 4 Downbeat Student Music Awards, including a “Best Soloist” award, his senior year. Jared attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, during which time he received 3 more Downbeat Student Music Awards (including “Best Soloist” and “Top Collegiate Combo”) before receiving his BA in 2005. While still a student, Jared also performed with vibraphonist Joe Locke and Dr. Lonnie Smith at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, among other venues.
Now living in Manhattan, Jared stays busy performing and recording in New York’s jazz, rock, pop and Broadway communities at renowned venues including The Blue Note, Birdland, The Jazz Standard, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Since his arrival in New York, Jared has performed and/or recorded internationally with Nicholas Payton, Donny McCaslin, Tom Harrell, Fred Hersch, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Locke, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ernie Watts and Laurence Hobgood among others. Jared currently can be found subbing in the Kurt Elling Band as well as touring with the vocal supergroup Duchess and Concord Records artist Spencer Day. He toured with the Grammy-award winning vocal jazz group The New York Voices, and performed with the group as a featured artist at The Kennedy Center in 2012. On Broadway, Jared currently holds the drum chair for the Broadway Revival of The Color Purple. He also originated the drum-set book of the multiple Tony-winning production of Pippin and the drum-set/percussion book of It Shoulda Been You. Jared has played onstage for the Broadway hits Godspell, American Idiot (Green Day) and Pulitzer Prize Winner Next to Normal, and in the orchestras for Chaplin, Bring It On, Ghost: The Musical, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark and Grease. Jared was recently invited to Canada as a guest soloist for a performance of composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s orchestral work Penelope, featuring vocalist Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond.
As the co-leader of The Wee Trio, Jared has released four studio albums with a fifth album just released in Fall 2016 featuring guest artists guitarist Nir Felder, pianist Fabian Almazan and trumpet legend Nicholas Payton. In addition to recent appearances at the New Orleans (Jazz Fest), Ottawa, Burlington, and Rochester Jazz Festivals and tour stops at venues including The Green Mill (Chicago), Jazz at The Bistro (St. Louis) and Le Poisson Rouge (New York), the group also teaches jazz clinics for high school and college music programs around the country – in 2012 they served as Artists-in-Residence at Butler University.