As an upright bassist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jason Fraticelli is seen and heard often at the center of many musical scenes in the Philadelphia/New York communities. For the past 20 years he has been acting as sideman for many different artists such as Matisyahu, Melody Gardot, and Cyro Baptista, while at the same time always fascilitating his own groups such as the Fresh Cut Orchestra, The FCC, and The Jason Fraticelli Band.
At the age of 13 he played one of his first concerts, on drums, opening for reggae artist Jimmy Cliff in Philadelphia with his dad and his uncle in a group called Elysium. It was that experience that gave Jason the inspiration for music performance that was to shape a long and ongoing career.
While attending Bucks County Community College, for performance and composition, Jason was taken to the Philadelphia famous Ortlieb’s Jazz House for the first time. The experience of watching Philly legends Mike Boone (the Buddy Rich Band), Sid Simmons (Grover Washington), and Byron Landham (Joey DeFrancesco), as well as several generations of other musicians sitting in, was enough to inspire him to purchase his first upright bass and continue his pursuit of jazz education.
Soon after, Jason continued studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. It was there that he was able to learn from teachers such as Reggie Workman (from the early John Coltrane quartet), Cecil McBee (studying bass proficiency), Jane Ira Bloom (ensemble studies), and George Garzone (improvisation). Within an ensuing career, Jason has had the experience of performing with many different musicians, such as John Ellis, Skerik (Les Claypool), Marco Benevento, and Billy Martin (MMW), touring in groups, such as The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Matisyahu, Melody Gardot, and Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits, and recording with several different artists such as G Love, Robert Glasper, Mark Guiliana, and Taylor McFerrin.