Born: April 20, 1983 Primary Instrument: Sax, baritone
Jason Marshall’s 2003 arrival in New York City signified the continuation of hard swinging, forward thinking baritone saxophone playing. With early encouragement to appreciate all musical genres, Jason exhibits a style that encompasses whole of African-American music. A special interest is given to the amalgamation of soul music with straight-ahead jazz. Dedication and perseverance have resulted in a giant, soulful sound and instantly appealing concept. Influences such as Leo Parker, Nick Brignola and Bruce Johnstone have developed into an open perception of the baritone sax and a “take -no-prisoners” approach to playing jazz music. Jason has studied the elite baritone saxophone specialists of today including Hamiett Bluiett, Ronnie Cuber and Gary Smulyan. Other teachers include Bruce Williams, Mark Gross, Steve Wilson, Vincent Herring, Greg Tardy, Wayne Escoffrey and Paul Carr. Lorenz Wheatley was Jason’s first saxophone teacher. Jason’s formative musical experiences include stints with the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra. He is currently playing and touring with Roy Hargrove’s band RH Factor and the Roy Hargrove Big Band. Jason’s band “Overt Negritude” is preparing to release its debut album. Jason has also conducted numerous demonstrations, clinics and workshops at every level of education throughout the world.
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