At the age of three, Jonathan Shue walked into a music shop with his dad, picked up a baritone ukulele and never put it down. Today, he is a multi-instrumentalist musician, producer, and teacher known for his ability to bring out the best in his collaborators, whether fellow musicians, actors, writers, artists, designers, directors, students, or entire audiences.
To date, Jonathan’s career has spanned live music, theatre, recording projects, music commissions, arts education, and business. Starting out as a performer in theatre for young audiences, he toured the western United States, New Zealand, Fiji, and the Cook Islands. A leading actor in regional theatre, he earned critical acclaim for his roles in plays such as the Bay Area premiere of The History Boys, west coast premiere of A Civil War Christmas, and an independently produced Seattle production of American Buffalo by David Mamet.
Growing up in a musical household, Jonathan began singing the songs of Leadbelly, Howlin’ Wolf, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, The Band, Neil Young, and Tom Petty, all of whom he counts among his greatest musical influences. Yet, his interest in music and ability to “think in sounds,” as his mom likes to say, also led him to study classical music on the cello, performing in a local trio and becoming first chair cellist of a community youth orchestra. As a sideman on countless musical projects, he’s comfortable picking up nearly any instrument and finding a hook or melody, whether guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, keyboards, drums, and even a Turkish saz.