Jason Jackson at Beautiful the Carole King Misical

I am subbing at “Beautiful” the Carole King Musical, all weekend on Broadway in New York City with my buddy Tatum Greenblatt.

The goal for me this weekend is to sound as “commercial” as possible.  One of my favorite trumpet players (who shall go nameless)  gave me some tips on how to achieve a commercial sound.

I don’t want to give away his secrets, but I did have to slap on a smaller mouth piece (bach 12c) to help me get that commercial sizzle, à la James Pankow from Chicago (one of my favorite “commercial” trombonists).  I am looking forward to the rest of the weekend playing Carole King’s Music.

Jason Jackson and Tatum greenblatt at Beautiful
Jason Jackson and Tatum Greenblatt playing Beautiful the Carole King Musical

My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center

I had the pleasure of performing as a substitute on Broadway’s “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center with these wonderful musicians Charley Gordon, and Marcus Rojas.

Premier of “Now Is Infinite” by Jason Jackson tonight at The Bitter End, NYC

Tonight I will be performing and premiering my composition “Now Is Infinite,” written for the CompCord Big Band at the Bitter End in NYC.  There will be 15 other new works on the program as well.
Details:
– CompCord Big Band –  
Thursday, March 28th, 2019 at 7pm   
The Bitter End
147 Bleecker Street, NYC 10012
As Duke Ellington said, “Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.” On March 28th at 7pm at The Bitter End, CompCord Big Band runs amok on a program featuring over a dozen perilous premieres. Adhering to the original Big Band concept of brief arrangements presented in quick tandem, while expanding the repertory with all new compositions for the 21st Century, CompCord Big Band features many iconic instrumentalists, as well as up-and-coming stars: Gerson Galante, Michiyo Suzuki, Daniel Schnyder, Scott Hoefling, Stefan Zeniuk – saxophones; Franz Hackl, Jonathan Finlayson, Peter Oswald, Jack Walrath – trumpets; John Clark – horn; Mike Seltzer, Jason Jackson – trombones; David Taylor – bass trombone; Carlton Holmes – piano; Laurence Goldman – bass; Joe Abba – drums; with Melanie Mitrano – voice; Sebastian Pritsker – voice; Bian Suzuki-Wolf – clarinet; and Gene Pritsker – conductor. Compositions by Aaron Alter, John Clark, Dan Cooper, Gerson Galante, Franz Hackl, Carlton Holmes, Peter Melnick, Melanie Mitrano, Ginka Mizuki, Alon Nechushtan, Gene Pritsker, Sebastian Pritsker, Zinovy Pritsker, Daniel Schnyder, Dave Soldier, David Taylor, and Stefan Zeniuk.
Staying in rotation for 34 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Debra Kaye. Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Peter Jarvis. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
“An unwavering force in giving composers exposure through concert bookings and its own record label, the intrepid new-music organization Composers Concordance”  -The Brooklyn Rail. “For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.”  -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. “The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way….ingenious fun” -Classical-Modern Music Review. “Edgy… boisterous… demanding our attention” -San Diego Story. “These men and women are creating exciting music with elements of jazz, world music and many experimental techniques blended with equal parts classical tradition and playing techniques.” -Asbury Park Press. “There is considerable evidence to show that Composers Concordance may be one of the most exciting labels in American contemporary music.”   -JazzdaGama. 
DIRECTIONS: 
The Bitter End
is located at 147 Bleecker St.
between 28th and 29th Streets.
By Subway: 6 train to Bleecker St OR A,B,C,D,E,F,Q trains to West 4th St OR 1/9 train to Christopher St / Sheridan Square

Jason Jackson performing with Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra

Jason Jackson with Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra
Sunday, February 10th 6:00pm – 7:15pm
Birdland Jazz Club
315 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
Reservations

Celebrating the release of two CD’s,
“Without a Trace” and “Portraits and Places.”
    Scott’s CDs and arrangements may be purchased at www.creativejazz.com/albums.
    Digital downloads available at
Band Camp, Amazon, and iTunes.
Selected Reviews:
Downbeat Magazine: “Reeves arrives at his sound – modern metric ideas, sweetly stacked harmonies that move in surprising directions, atypical musical alliances – by utilizing the full scope of his playing experience.”  (Suzanne Lorge)
London Jazz News: “His new release, Without a Trace, contains originals and standards, colourfully orchestrated, with an intimate, club-like ambience. These pieces really are ‘composed’…there is always a feeling of forward travel.” (Nigel Waddington)
New York City Jazz Record: “This is an excellent example of both modern big band music and the arranging of Reeves.” (Scott Yanow)
Jazz Times: “Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra is a wonder…hot compositions…a sizzling band…an assemblage of brilliant artists…the music is exciting, even thrilling.”
(Travis Rogers)

All About Jazz: “Reeves is a resourceful writer with…a keen ear for melody, harmony and counterpoint, his arrangements scrupulously burnished and invariably engaging.” (Jack Bowers)
Stereophile: “Within the highly specialized, invaluable, economically endangered discipline of composing and arranging for large jazz ensemble, a new badass has arrived. Reeves’s touch is always deft and light, his designs traced in fine lines.” (Thomas Conrad)
Personnel for this event is:

Scott Reeves – director, composer/arranger, alto trombone
Vocalist – Carolyn Leonhart
Saxophones – Vito Chiavuzzo, Jay Brandford, Tim Armacost,  Rob Middleton, Terry Goss
Trumpets – Seneca Black, Nathan Eklund, Chris Rogers, Andy Gravish
Trombones – Matt McDonald, Jason Jackson, Matt Haviland, Jennifer Wharton
Rhythm – Jim Ridl (piano), Todd Coolman (bass), Andy Watson (drums)

 

 

 

Jason Jackson Music Updates

Since my last post I have been busy with concerts and teaching.  Here is a  rundown of my latest and future projects.

Riverdale Country School Music Building
Riverdale Country School Music Building

This is my second year at Riverdale County School.  Teaching enriches my playing and satisfies my urge to pass along knowledge to the next generation.  The faculty/staff at RCC is top notch.

 

BirdlandBigBand
Birdland Big Band

It has been years since I last played with the Birdland Big Band. What a welcome experience it was to join them again recently.  The band has evolved over the years.  The trombone section was out of sight with Sarah Jacovino on Lead, Ron Wilkins, and James Browski on bass trombone.  I hope to be back there again soon.

 

Since the closure of Carousel, I am back to “subbing” on various musicals.  I was back to one of the most enjoyable shows that I sub at, The Lion king.  

Migiway Miyajima Colorful CD
Migiway Miyajima Colorful CD Cover

I played at Birdland for the CD release of Migiwa Miyagima’s Augmented Orchestra.  We recorded the CD last year and I am excited for its release.  She packed the house at Birdland and the music sounded fantastic.  My mom came out to this one so it was special for me.  She lives on the “Left Coast,” so I don’t get to see her everyday.

 

 

Quiet-Pride-cover-2014
Quiet Pride cover 2014

Rufus Reid’s “Quiet Pride” project took me to Iowa City, IA.  The music was challenging and the band delivered an exciting performance.  I was impressed with he playing of Ryan Keberly and Michael Dease.  Monster players and monster band.

 

 

 

Ron Carter Great Big Band CD Cover
Ron Carter Great Big Band CD Cover

Ron Carters Great Big Band performed at Birdland as well.  Mr. Carter takes you on a ride when you are playing with him.  He will do something you don’t expect.  That is why I love playing in his band.  What an honor!!

 

 

 

We had a wonderful concert with the John Eckert New York 9 Nonet at St Peters Church, Manhattan, NY.  This is where I have been focus some of my writing lately.  This band regularly plays my compositions and arrangements.  We have been together for several years and the band is really developing a strong personal sound.

Next week I am busy with The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.   First I am taking over the Lead Trombone Position in the band moving forward.  Second, we are beginning the New School Residency with an Open Rehearsal on October 29th from 4-6pm, at 55 west 13th St (2nd Floor).  The band will be rehearsing various charts from the book, as well as instituting an emerging composer series.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Third, after the open rehearsal, we pack up and head over to the Village Vanguard for our regular set this Monday, October 29th. Sets are at 8:30PM and 10:30PM.  Finally on Saturday, November 3rd, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Brings Big-Band Swing to Lawrence Memorial Chapel, 510 E. College Avenue, Appleton Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Next month I will be recording with the NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath as he puts together another big band album, subbing at the Radio City Musical Hall Christmas Spectacular, and eating lots of “healthy” food for the Holidays.

Happy Halloween!!!

pumpkin
pumpkin

 

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra

The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra celebrates the release of their 2nd CD, “Without a Trace,” at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola on Monday, Sept. 3 (sets at 7:30 & 9:30). Scott’s arrangements and compositions for “Without a Trace,” along with the 2016 release, “Portraits and Places,” span 18 years and embody a life’s work. Check out this profile of the band in the August issue of “Downbeat.”

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Monday nights at the Village Vanguard

Tonight I am performing with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard Jazz Club in New York City.  Sets are at 8:30pm and 10:30pm.

Queens Jazz Orchestra – 10th Anniversary! Honoring Dr. Jimmy Heath

Since 2008, Flushing Town Hall’s QueensJazz Orchestra, under the direction of NEA Jazz Master Dr. Jimmy Heath, has performed to thousands of jazz lovers, honoring music made popular by jazz icons who called Queens their home, featuring established jazz heroes and the next generation of greats.

This special 10th anniversary celebration on Friday, June 29 at Flushing Town Hall will honor Jimmy Heath and his life’s journey through jazz. Tickets and more at http://bit.ly/QJO2018  

At the Blue note this week with the Grammy winning Artist Paquito D’Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie alumni all-star big band

Join us this week, July 18-23 at the Blue Note jazz club in New York City.  Paquito D’Rivera leads an all-star big band of Dizzy Gillespie alumni and world-class jazz artists. We will be for performing some of Dizzy Gillespie’s most famous works as well as samba Jazz and Cuban jazz for your enjoyment.

Joining us for the set will be the Grammy nominated artist Roberta Gambarini singing some beautiful selections from the Dizzy Gillespie repertoire.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra tonight at the Village Vanguard in NYC

Our weekly show at the Vanguard tonight. Sets at 8:30 and 10:30. More info at www.vanguardjazzorchestra.com

Teaching at the Dalton School in NYC, and City College, then an evening subbing at the Broadway Musical, Sunset Blvd. starring Glenn Close

Wednesday was my first day of teaching at The Dalton School in NYC where I am now the trombone teacher.

The Dalton School
The Dalton School

My next student was up town at the City College New York where I have taught for 6 years now.

CCNY
City College New York (CCNY)

And finally I ended the night at Sunset Blvd. starring Glenn Close.

Nat King Cole tribute with Micheal Feinstein last night at Lincoln Center

Jason Jackson performing with Michael Feinstein for a Nat King Cole Tribute

I performed last night with Michael Feinstein and the American Song Book Big Band conducted by Tedd Firth for a tribute to Nat King Cole at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Appel Room.  Great concert!!i

Tonight I’m at the South Orange Performing Arts Center with the Seaton Hall Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Concert starts at 7:30pm. 

Tonight I’m at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange NJ with the Seaton Hall Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Concert starts at 7:30pm.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
Seaton Hall Jazz Faculty: Steve and Carol Hamersma
Seaton Hall Jazz Faculty: Steve and Carol Hamersma

Another successful subbing experience at “Sunset Boulevard” on Broadway in NYC

There are strict rules governing when a substitute musician is allowed to play on with a Broadway orchestra.  One of the rules is that in a given section, if there is a 1st time sub, all the other musicians in that section must be  a regular member OR a substitute that has been designated “as good as the regular player.”

Usually a person is not designated until they have played the show quite a number of times. In my case, I’ve played the show three times and tonight I was playing in the section with a first time lead trumpet player.

Although playing with a 1st time lead trumpeter can be nerve wrecking, I took it as a compliment to my playing.  All went very well.

Tonight I’m back at the wonderful show “Sunset Boulevard” staring Glenn Close. 

Looking forward to performing with one of Broadway’s most fabulous Orchestra’s at “Sunset Boulevard” tonight.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra performing “Cherry Juice” by Thad Jones

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra performing “Cherry Juice” by Thad Jones