10 Aug
Jason’s musical career started in the mid-eighties before commencing a jazz diploma at Adelaide University. He moved to Sydney shortly after 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.

As bandleader and composer he formed acclaimed fusion outfit Pond Life. They went on to record ‘Spanking the Plankton’ in 1995 and toured around Finland and the UK. Co-leading Smith & Bruer Band with Roy Ayers sideman Tony Smith, the pair enjoyed success working London’s club scene with their brand of retro jazz funk. They recorded ‘Searching For A Cool Basement’ in 2001.

Jason went on to tour extensively around Britain, Europe and Scandanavia with several bands, making numerous TV appearances on ‘Top of the Pops’, ‘Later with Jools Holland’, Chris Evan’s show ‘Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush’, ‘TFI Friday’ and Richard Littlejohn’s chat show. Amongst other TV theme tunes and film scores, he has played on the soundtrack for the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Within a few weeks of returning to Sydney in 2006, he was touring Australia as part of the Good Vibrations Festival with English band The Cuban Brothers, supporting James Brown. In the same year he was part of the house band for Simon Burke’s chat show ‘Studio A’. In 2008 he released his debut (Solo) CD, ‘As Above So Below’ on Vorticity Music to critical acclaim.

Currently, in addition to managing his own projects (Hammerhead and Soul Roots Revival Band), Jason teaches and lectures at the Australian Institute of Music and manages a private teaching practice. He also freelances regularly and features in a number of other bands including The Frances Madden Band, Meme Wars, The Locals and The Rick Mellick Band.

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