Born: June 6, 1985 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Jason Bertone is a double bassist who calls Brooklyn, New York home. Bertone uncovered a serious interest in music during his early teenage years, switching from snare drum to bass guitar late in middle school. He began improvising (as well as being involved in choral music) in his native New Jersey, and upon completing high school chose to attend Hampshire College for its innovative academic program that would allow him to combine his interests in music and the social sciences. Bertone took a serious interest in jazz and American folk music and began playing the double bass. He moved to New York City in 2008 in hopes of furthering his career as a writer but gravitated back to music, becoming involved in the city's folk, gypsy and trad jazz scenes. Strongly influenced by Pops Foster, he may very well be the only swing-oriented bassist in these parts to embrace the traditional slap bass style that originated in New Orleans but has been largely ignored by jazz pedagogy. Bertone performs everywhere from bars, hotels, loft parties, art galleries, worship spaces, nightclubs, subway platforms, and Central Park. If you see him about, feel free to say hello.
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
BA in jazz history - Hampshire College. Studied with Dr. Rebecca Miller. I teach slap bass in the style of the New Orleans jazz legend, but also have extensive professional experience playing country western, bluegrass, and rockabilly. I love working with students who are into the jazz and swing stuff, but I am happy to build a slap curriculum around whatever style the student is interested in, still taking care to see they get a little of everything. At one point I switched from bass guitar to double bass, so I have a lot of practical advice for players looking to add the instrument. I also have some formal training, so I would also be a good teacher for a "legit" classical or modern jazz player trying to get a handle on the roots / slap stuff while maintaining their technique and physical approach.