Jonno Lightstone is a multi-instrumentalist, equally at home on saxophone, clarinet and flute. He graduated from the Humber College Jazz program in 1990 and holds a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from York University.

Jonno is regarded as one of Toronto’s finest klezmer clarinetists. He is the leader of The Yiddish Swingtet, a trio whose music runs the gamut from Eastern European klezmer to American jazz and swing. In collaboration with guitarist Brian Katz, the duo Lightstone / Katz explores rarely performed klezmer repertoire, weaving together klezmer melodies with the sounds and textures of chamber music, modal jazz, Indian raga, and blues. His most recent project Klezmology, a trio with renowned saxophonist David Mott, and drummer Nick Fraser, explores the interface between klezmer music and free improvisation.

Eclectic in his taste, Jonno has performed in numerous bands playing a wide range of musical styles, including classical, jazz, reggae, ska, flamenco and klezmer. He plays lead alto with the Encore Concert Band and with Danny Wilks’ ensembles: Danny’s 7 and Danny’s 11.

An avid music educator, Jonno teaches woodwinds at Royal St. George’s College, leads workshops and ensembles, and teaches privately. He is the musical director of Klezkonnection, the largest community klezmer orchestra in Canada.