Born: July 3, 1976 Primary Instrument: Piano
Jarad is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts ('98), where he studied closely with Edward Simon (Kevin Eubanks, Bobby Watson, Paquito D’Rivera, and Terence Blanchard), and legendary organist Trudy Pitts. He has recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY and where he cohort Ben Senterfit have opened up the east coast region of CueZone Records. In Colorado, he worked with many musicians including Bijou Barbosa, Tony Black, Jon Zangrando, David Petry, Bob Mulligan, & Kiwin Brown. He has released two solo projects with his trio. The most recent, Red, Back & Blue - which includes Bassist Kirwin Brown, and Drummer Bob Mulligan - showcases Astin's transcendent ability and soul as well as his depth as a composer. Besides the two outstanding releases with the Trio, Jarad has recorded and produced extensively with such groups as The United Dope Front, Heavy G. and the Boogaloo Communicators, Who's This?, & Jubal.