Elliot Mason

Elliot Mason (Trombone), born in England. He began trumpet lessons with his father at age four. At age seven, struck with an overwhelming curiosity in his father’s trombone, young Mason soon switched his focus from the trumpet.

As an eleven-year-old, Mr. Mason was already performing as a trombonist in dance halls, theaters, clubs, and pubs, covering all styles of music but concentrating primarily on jazz and improvisation. At fifteen, he won the national Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Soloist (under 25) Award and was featured at John Dankworth’s Wavendon Jazz School. Entering alternate age categories the next year, Elliot and his brother Brad, as the Mason brothers, won the national competition a second time and by age sixteen, Mr. Mason left England to join his brother at the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts on a full tuition scholarship where he met and studied with Hal Crook and Phil Wilson, among others.

In 1994, Mr. Mason won the prestigious Frank Rosolino Award for outstanding trombone performance abilities, and was invited to perform at the International Trombone Workshop. At eighteen, he won the ITW ‘s Under 29 Jazz Trombone competition, as well as the Slide Hampton Award in recognition of outstanding performance abilities from Berklee. After graduating from Berklee in 1996, Mr. Mason moved to New York City, where he distinguished himself as a respected and highly in demand trombone and bass trumpet player.

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“One of the most important trombone voices of today’s generation” -Randy Brecker

“Setting the bar for jazz trombone,” bringing innovation, imagination, intelligence, fire and fierce swing to the trombone,” -Michael Brecker

“Elliot Mason has to be one of the most important trombone/bass trumpet voices in modern music to emerge. He truly transcends the instruments he is undoubtedly already so supremely proficient in mastering to a level where I wasn't even aware it was trombone or a bass trumpet. To me, that's greatness. In Elliot you experience everything, from the most profound lyricism right over to the most intense, vital and truly electrifying

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Primary Instrument

Trombone

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

2011 – Present Jazz Trombone Instructor at NYU
2008 – Present Jazz Trombone Instructor at Northwestern University
2006 - Present Jazz Trombone Instructor at The New School, NYC
1996 - Present Jazz Trombone Private Lessons

Clinic/Workshop Information

2008 - Present Clinician for BAC Trombones
2006 – Present Clinician/Education with the JLCO
2004 - Present Clinician with the Randy Brecker Quintet
1995 - 2008 Clinician for Taylor Trombones

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