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.

Hat City Kitchen Jazz Jam Session

I had a great time sitting in with Mike Lee, Alvester Garnett, Chris Berger, Oscar Peréz, and Lance Bryant at the Hat City Kitchen.

Chris Berger, Jason Jackson at Hat City Kitchen in Orange, NJ
Chris Berger, Jason Jackson at Hat City Kitchen in Orange, NJ
Alvester Garnett, Jason Jackson, Lance Bryant at Hat City Kitchen
Alvester Garnett, Jason Jackson, Lance Bryant at Hat City Kitchen
Hat City Kitchen Orange, NJ
Hat City Kitchen Orange, NJ

#jazz, #livemusic, #jazzjam, #jamsession, #hatcitykitchen, #orangenj, #trombone, #jasonjacksontrombone

Last night at “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical”

Jason Jackson and Trevor Neumann in the pit at Beautiful, The Carole King Musical
Jason Jackson and Trevor Neumann in the pit at Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

My last night playing with trumpeter Trevor Neumann and the band at this incredible production of “Beautiful The Carole King Musical.”  I had a blast playing with the orchestra.  Thank you Jennifer Wharton for the opportunity.

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical


I am appearing with the orchestra for “Beautiful” on Broadway tonight through Thursday at the Stephen Soundheim Theater in NYC. I get to play some of my favorite hits like “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.” It’s a great show.

Monday night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra


Monday night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.  Join our weekly gig at the Village Vanguard.  We will perform the compositions of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from our library of over 300 tunes!Village Vanguard, 178 7th Avenue South, New York, NY, 10014,  Sets 8:30pm and 10:30pm. Door open 7:30

Where did the New Years Eve gigs go?

I remember a time when I got called for two or three New Year’s Eve gigs.  I would inevitably have to help people find trombone players to make the gigs.

Fast forward to today. I got an email about a New Year’s Eve gig.  It was sent to several players with the thought that it might be hard to find someone quickly.  I replied to the email within seven minutes. I was too late.  I lost a New Year’s eve gig in seven minutes.  On top of that, the gig paid less than a club date!!!  Times have changed.

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Copyright

I wonder …. do most people feel they have a right to benefit from someone else’s intellectual property for free as long as they don’t get caught.  Or do most people know that it’s wrong and take advantage of a system that does not adequately protect a creators intellectual property?  #copyright #pirate #torrent #intilectualproperty

Holiday in by Irving Berlin tonight

Tonight I am performing with the “Holiday Inn” Orchestra on Broadway. The wonderful orchestrations are by Larry Blank. Don’t be fooled by his last name, there are no “blank” pages or bars for that matter in this book. 🙂

This is a delightful show with nonstop dance numbers (band playing!)  If you can catch it before it closes, I would recommend it.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Preforming at my regular Monday show with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in NYC. 

Director / John Mosca

Orchestra Manager / Douglas Purviance

Artistic Director / Dick Oatts

Composer in Residence/ Jim McNeely

Project Director / Thomas Bellino

Associate Producer / Migiwa Miyajima

TRUMPETS/FLUGELHORNS

Nick Marchione (lead)

Tanya Darby

Terell Stafford

Scott Wendholt

TROMBONES

John Mosca (lead)

Luis Bonilla

Jason Jackson

Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)

WOODWINDS

Dick Oatts (lead alto and soprano saxophones, flute)

Billy Drewes (alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet)

Rich Perry (tenor saxophone, flute)

Ralph LaLama (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet)

Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet)

RHYTHM SECTION

Jim McNeely (piano)

John Riley (drums)

David Wong (bass)