Portland’s Jon Ostrom is a talented and accomplished guitarist and songwriter playing jazz, funk, rock and bluegrass in various groups throughout his career. The imagery created by his guitar playing combined with his songwriting showcase his ability to create landscapes for deep grooves and improvisation.
Jon started his music career in Walleye, a power trio focused on songwriting without any barriers or limits. Walleye was fortunate to open for such bands as Vince Herman, Rubberneck, Jive Talkin Robots, Five Fingers of Funk and many more.
Jon then created the Louden Mellow Project to continue with songwriting and focus on jazz and funk. At the same time, Jon joined Higher Ground, a touring rock and bluegrass inspired band. He got to play major festivals in and around the Northwest including the Bite of Portland, the Oregon Country Fair and the Hood River City Festival. He also had the opportunity to headline the Portland Bluegrass Festival selling out the Crystal Ballroom in Portland.
Higher Ground helped create the bluegrass bug for Jon and he went on to form the West Coast phenom Cross-eyed Rosie who put out two widely acclaimed albums, toured extensively including playing festivals like Telluride Bluegrass, NW String Summit, Pickathon and Wintergrass.
Jon has returned to Portland after exploring the Bay area for a few years and is focused on Jazz and Funk today in various groups including his own, the Jon Ostrom Band. This band is focused on Jon’s original music with some covers interspersed. Horn-driven funk and jazz creating improvisational landscapes to dance and groove.
He can also be found playing in the Bundy Band and Lawn Party.