10 Aug
Jason’s musical career started in the early eighties and was already semi-professional by the time he embarked on a jazz diploma at Adelaide University. In 1984 Jason moved to Sydney with eight-piece R&B band Fat Time who, having outgrown the scene in Adelaide, went on to become one of Australia’s most popular live acts. They were constantly in demand for live gigs and appeared many times on TV including the Ray Martin show, Mike Walsh show, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and were the winners of Starsearch in 1986. They also supported Joe Cocker, Santana, Joan Armatrading and KC and the Sunshine Band on national tours. While working with Fat Time, Jason freelanced with some of the biggest acts of that time including the Models, the Dynamic Hepnotics, Eurogliders, Steve Kilby and Swannee, performing live and also featuring on their records. In 1988 Jason moved to london.

The move paid off and within a short period of time he established himself and was working in both jazz and the pop scenes. In the pop world and as a session musician Jason played with and arranged for a veritable Who’s Who of the music business including Eric Clapton, Sting, Mick Hucknell, Mica Paris, BB King, Stevie Winwood, Madness, Paul Weller, All Saints, Van Morrison, Jools Holland and Lulu to name but a few.

As a bandleader and composer he formed acclaimed fusion outfit Pond Life who recorded ‘Spanking the Plankton’ in 1995 and worked around London as well as touring Finland. Jason co-lead Smith and Bruer Band with Roy Ayers sideman Tony Smith and enjoyed much success working London’s club scene with their infectious brand of retro jazz funk. The band recorded ‘Searching for a Cool Basement’ in 2001.

Jason toured extensively around Britain, Europe and Scandinavia with various bands and appeared on TV many times including Top of the Pops, Later with Jools Holland, and Chris Evans shows Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and TFI Friday and was also in the house band on Richard Littlejohn’s chat show. He played on many TV theme tunes and film scores including the soundtrack to Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Since returning to Sydney in early 2006 Jason has been busy re-establishing himself. Within a few weeks he was touring Australia as part of the Good Vibrations Festival with English band The Cuban Brothers supporting James Brown. Since then he has been part of the house band for Simon Burke’s chat show ‘Studio A ‘ completing an eight-show series playing with the likes of Glen Shorrock, Kate Ceberano and Leo Sayer. He features regularly with John Morrison’s swing city, Monica and the Moochers, various tribute bands and teaches/lectures at the Australian Institute of music. He is now promoting his debut CD ‘As Above So Below’ (released on Vorticity Music) after a successful launch at the Sound Lounge in May 2009.

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