Jason’s musical career started in the mid-eighties, taking up the saxophone at 18. He commenced a jazz diploma at Adelaide University in 1982. His Quintet ‘Small Hours’ supported international heavy weights Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and also Johnny Griffin. He moved to Sydney in 1984 with eight-piece band Fat Time, who had outgrown the Adelaide scene and eventually went on to become one of Australia’s most popular live acts. The band’s numerous appearances on TV included The Ray Martin show, The Mike Walsh show and Hey Hey It’s Saturday. They were also the winners of national talent show Starsearch in 1986. Fat Time also travelled around the country on national tours, supporting the likes of Joe Cocker, Santana, Joan Armatrading and KC & the Sunshine Band. During this time, Jason also freelanced with some of Australia’s biggest artists including The Models, The Dynamic Hepnotics, Eurogliders, Steve Kilby and Swanee, performing live and featuring on a number of their records.
After moving to London in 1988, Bruer quickly established himself both in the jazz and pop scenes. In the pop world, he played as a session musician, working with some of the biggest names in the music business. This included Eric Clapton, Sting, Mick Hucknell, Mica Paris, BB King, Stevie Winwood, Madness, Paul Weller, All Saints, Bonnie Tyler, Van Morrison, Jools Holland and Lulu to name a few