Jonah Francese

Jonah Francese
Cohort Year: 2017
Research Interests: Indigenous language hip hop, Chicano rap, Black dance celebration and football (soccer), Indigenous improvisation and jazz, Mexican eco-tourism and music, Afro-Mexican music
Education: BA, Berklee College of Music, jazz composition, trumpet performance; MA University of Chicago, Ethnomusicology


Aside from Jonah's academic interests above, he has an 18-piece big band that has toured 4 times, including twice internationally. His group has 4 albums, the most recent of which ("Reclamation" by Thinkin' Big) is on Spotify. As a trumpet player, he has gotten the privilege to perform with John Tesh as part of a WGBH special, 2018 Latin Grammy winner Nella, and got the chance to open for Salt-N-Pepa. His next project is a Latin big band album, re-imagining genres like ranchera, bachata, and reggaetón for the big band setting.


  • EthNoise! (Coordinator, 2022-2023)


  • MUS 10200/CRES 10200: Introduction to World Music (Fall 2022)
  • MUS 10200/CRES 10200: Introduction to World Music (Winter 2021)

Course Assistant

  • MUSI 23300: Introduction to the Social and Cultural Study of Music (Fall 2021)
  • MUS 10200/CRES 10200: Introduction to World Music (Fall 2019)