Jonathan Holden

Jonathan Holden Dec 1951 - Jan 2012

Dec 1951 – Jan 2012

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“I am a rich man with little money.
This is not the same as a poor man with abundant wealth.
I can share riches better than gold, more sparkling than silver,
and beyond property.

We know that hearts on fire create a ring of love that brightens the world like the sun above.” - recently found written-down in Jonathan’s day-planner.

Jonathan Holden 60 died January 17, 2012, in Tucson, AZ.


Jonathan first came to Tucson in 1970 to work on his uncle’s ranch in Sasabe, AZ, take classes at the University of Arizona, and work on air for KWFM. He returned to San Francisco to graduate from San Francisco State University and continued his media career working in television production in Pacifica, CA.

In 1975, Jonathan returned to Tucson to participate in starting our community radio station, KXCI, where he served on the first Board of Directors. His life-long interest in Native Cultures then took Jonathan to the Navajo Reservation to produce video for the Window Rock School District. He returned to the media production in Tucson, where he worked for Carondelet Hospitals, the University of Arizona, KUAT, and others. In the mid 1990′s, Jonathan founded the Rhythm & Roots Concert Series with the motto “Music is Medicine.”

For almost two decades, Jonathan and Rhythm & Roots have presented local and nationally known artists in Tucson, always sharing his knowledge and immense passion for music and great stories with his audiences. Jonathan enjoyed a wonderful career working with musicians and bringing our community together with wonderful music.

And, in keeping with his motto “Music is Medicine,” the series, with the help of a volunteer crew, will continue. 

Thank You Tucson

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