Primary Instrument: Trombone
Usually sequestered in a corner of the basement converted into a pseudo-project studio, Jason can be found plunking away on a piano, guitar, trombone, tweaking knobs, stomping on pedals, punching notes into a computer, or sketching out some new ideas. Like many musicians success is fleeting, and he finds himself asking, What's the point?
He has to. Like breathing, it's involuntary.
Having been involved in music for some years, Jason's career has developed in many areas. In addition to his current work as the Director of International Programs at the Berklee College of Music, he leads his own group Bending Dogma, is the co-founder/leader of the Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band (BBEBB) and the Berklee Bones.
He also performs with Eguie Castrillo and His Orchestra, the Berklee College of Music Faculty Jazz Composition Big Band and freelances in the greater Boston area as a trombonist. His original compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band, the Fenway Brass Art Orchestra (FBAO), Phil Wilson's Rainbow Band and Greg Hopkin's Concert Jazz Orchestra.
As a trombonist, Jason has performed at the Beantown Jazz Festival, Hue Festival (Vietnam), Panama Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Vineyard Vibes, San Jose Jazz Festival and more. He was the co-director for the Fenway Brass Art Orchestra, Assistant Director for Jazz Ensembles at Whitman-Hanson High School, performed with groups such as Kimo William's Kimotion, Jazz Composer's Alliance, Ryles Jazz Orchestra, Kendrick Oliver Band, Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra, Boston Horns Big Band, Boston University Big Band, Picante Salsa, Impacto Latino, Puerto Rico Latin Sound and at Boston Symphony Hall. Recent recording projects include Mike MacAllisters Finder's Keepers, Christine Fawson's Happy Talk' featuring Phil Wilson, Berklee College of Music 60th Anniversary Faculty Composers Series CD, The Panama Suite by Danilo Perez, and a few soon-to-be-released recordings by Bob Pilkington (jazz orchestra suite) and Stephen Webber's Stylus Symphony.
In addition to keeping busy with performing and writing, Jason also spends time doing music editing work using the most current versions of Sibelius and Finale. Be sure to check out The Music of Hal Crook and Beyond Time and Changes published by Advance Music. On a side note, Hal and Jason are also completing work on their board game DICE BUSTER® as well as helping to manage Hal's official web site halcrook.com. He is continually developing all aspects of his music. Some recent excursions include learning Native Instruments, Pro Tools, incorporating digital effects with trombone, compositions for various chamber settings, and more abstract pieces. For more detailed information about Jason's background feel free to contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or review his e-resume.
Mind, Body, Soul, Heart...Peace.
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
For details about clinics on instrumental and performance techniques, composition and arranging and improvisation email me at email@example.com