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

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

 

Carousel OPENING on Broadway in NYC

Happy to announce the opening of Carousel at the Imperial Theater in NYC tonight. A wonderful 25 piece orchestra backing up an all star cast including Rosena M Hill Jackson.

Back stage at “Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC” with Andrew Lloyd Webber

Jesus Christ Superstar Live NBC back stage with Andrew Lloyd Webber

After performing with the live production of Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC Easter Sunday, I took a photo with the composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lord Andrew is a very gracious man.

Jesus Christ Superstar NBC Band

A Bronx Tale

Nice time substituting at A Bronx Tale last night. The regular let’s the subs use his Miraphone tuba, but I brought a Walter Sear tuba last night to see if it would be more comfortable. Both seemed fine, if anything, the Miraphone played with less resistance. I was able to produce more sound with less effort on the Miraphone as compared to the Walter Sear tuba.

Thanks to the fine musicians in the band: Perry Cavari, Kenny Beschia, Jamie Dauber, Smitty at the stick and playing piano, and everyone else. Hope to be back soon.

Great night at the Vanguard last night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Tonight I’m at Beautiful, The Carole King Musical. 

Jason and Tatum at beautiful the Carole King musical
Jason Jackson, and Tatum Greenblatt (new trumpeter at “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical”

Great night at the Vanguard last night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Tonight I’m playing the great Broadway show Beautiful about Carole King.  the new trumpet player Tatum Greenblatt sounds great!!

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

Looking forward to subbing in the pit orchestra for Bronx Tale on Broadway in New York City

Looking forward to subbing in the pit orchestra for A Bronx Tale on Broadway in New York City. Getting ready for that tuba part with some low long tones. Wheee!!!

Back at “Beautiful The Carole King Musical” tonight. Looking forward to some nice “phat” pedal Bb’s on the bass trombone and some popping horn section lines on the large-bore tenor trombone.!

 

Back at Beautiful tonight where the book calls for doubling on large-bore tenor trombone and bass trombone.  We are going to make some “Broadway Magic!”

Subbing at “Beautiful the Carole King Musical” for a couple of shows this week with the great lead trumpeter Jeff Wilfore

Subbing  at “Beautiful the Carole King Musical” for a couple of shows this week with the great lead trumpeter Jeff Wilfore.

A Bronx Tale and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

a Bronx tale
A Bronx Tale
doubles this week
Doubles this week

Today is a busy day.  Up early to fix breakfast for the family and clean the kitchen and get ready for two completely different gigs today.

First, I am excited to be back at “A Bronx Tale” on Broadway for the matinee today in NYC. The book requires a trombone and tuba double so I’ve been practicing the instruments together for the past few days.

Then, tonight I continue playing the week at the Village Vanguard which continues tonight with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra for our 51st Anniversary. I am blessed for these opportunities.

Back at “The Book Of Mormon” with Raul Agraz

Raul Agraz and Jason Jackson
Raul Agraz and Jason Jackson in the pit Orchestra at “The Book Of Mormon”

it’s great to be back with the Orchestra for “The Book Of Mormon” tonight on Broadway in NYC.  It doesn’t get better than sitting next to the great trumpeter Raul Agraz leading the brass section. 🙂

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Freelancer’s Life

Just got a call to do The Book Of Mormon again tonight. Had to change a few things around but it’s worth it. My chops should be ready to go from last nights gig with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.  Weeeee……freelance baby!!

Th Book Of Mormon

I was at Book Of Mormon Last night with Raul Agraz.  This is yet another great band on Broadway in NYC.  Looking forward to doing it again next Friday.