Jason Yeager is a monster pianist and composer" Ran Blake
Cambridge, MARuminations is the title of the Jason Yeager Trio's sterling new jazz CD on Greg Osby's own record label, Inner Circle Music. Its upcoming March 1st release will be celebrated with An Evening with The Jason Yeager Trio" at the Regattabar in the Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street in Cambridge, at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, March 15. The Jason Yeager Trio will make its debut Regattabar appearance! The trio features Jason Yeager on piano, Tal Gamlieli on bass and Michael Gleichman on drums. This performance will also include special guests Aubrey Johnson on vocals, Mike Tucker on tenor sax and Vivek Patel on flugelhorn. Tickets at $16.00 can be purchased now on line at http://www.regattabar.com or by calling: 617-395-7757. The Regattabar is wheelchair accessible.
Ruminations features a myriad of jazz styles and moods, including the Argentine groove chacarera" on two tracks, the unique and powerful vocal work of singer Aubrey Johnson on Jason's composition Inner Journey," and a string quartet on the final cut, Lullaby for a Better World." On this piece, Jason took on the challenging task of composing for both string quartet [Catherine Bent and the Sweet Spot Strings] and jazz trio (piano, bass and drums)something that comes off with excellent results, capturing the best of both the trio and the string quartet and allowing the parts of all seven musicians to communicate with one another. And, while the album is centered around the Jason Yeager Trio, two pieces, Dos Familias" and Uprising" seemed to call for an expanded quintet format, so Jason added the great Mike Tucker on tenor saxophone and the inimitable Vivek Patel on flugelhorn.
Ruminations will be available March 1st on itunes, innercirclemusic.net, CDBaby, Amazon.com, Rhapsody, Napster and many other internet outlets. In addition, hard copies will be available at the Regattabar on March 15.
New York-based pianist/composer Jason Yeager's music is deeply expressive and multi- faceted. Mentored by jazz pianists Danilo Pérez, Fred Hersch and Ran Blake, his evolving musical personality reflects his love of jazz and improvisation combined with an openness to exploring many of the world's great musical styles and traditions. Yeager's music is jazz, featuring plenty of improvisation, while incorporating diverse musical elements such as Vietnamese Buddhist chant-inspired melodies, drum 'n' bass rhythms, classical music, Argentine folk styles and more.
Originally from the Boston area [Framingham], the 24-year-old has been playing the piano for over 16 years. Though Jason has led various ensembles, his newest and most exciting project is the new CD and the Jason Yeager Trio with Tal Gamlieli on bass and Michael Gleichman on drums. The trio's close friendship and spirit of collaboration animated the rehearsals for and the recording of Ruminations. As a result, the intense improvisational communication between these musicians is powerful.
Tal and Michael are great friends and very sensitive musicians. Our collaborative process of developing not only our group sound, harmonic and rhythmic language but also the arrangements themselves, was really amazing as we prepared for the recording of this album. Meanwhile my teachers Fred Hersch and Danilo Pérez were particularly strong inspirations for my approach to the piano, and for Ruminations, in particular."
Jason's interests are diverse, and extend beyond music. An International Relations major at Tufts University, Jason graduated from the 5-year Tufts University/New England Conservatory Double Degree Program with a Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) in International Relations from Tufts and a Bachelor of Music with honors from NEC. Like his one of his key mentors and teachers, the renowned pianist Danilo Pérez, Jason believes that music can be a force for good, with the healing capacity to bring people together and contribute positively to our world. Jason hopes to do his part by someday fusing his interests in music and social justice. In keeping with Jason's worldview and his deep interest in international relations, in 2010 Jason volunteered at the Funcadión Danilo Pérez in Panama last year, working in music educational settings for children in poverty- ridden communities.
While at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Jason studied with some of the world's most dynamic and creative jazz musicians and improvisers, including not only with the aforementioned Danilo Pérez, but also with these master musicians: Fred Hersch, Jerry Bergonzi, Frank Carlberg, John McNeil and Ran Blake. Jason's formative training in both classical music and jazz included private and class study with many other wonderful teachers, including Dan Loschen, Kyle Aho and Milton Academy's jazz director, bassist Bob Sinicrope.
A consummate musician, Jason incorporates musical elements from a diverse array of sources into Ruminations, including rhythms from South America, modern and traditional classical music, and the spirit of jazz improvisation that is the hallmark of his musical heroes. As a teenage student at Milton Academy, Jason went on two concert and educational tours of South Africa with the renowned Milton Academy Jazz Program, led by Bob Sinicrope. In college, he spent a semester studying abroad (through Tufts) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Buenos Aires, he continued his studies in international relations while also studying music at the IUNA (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte). He performed with a number of outstanding jazz musicians while in Argentina, including the great Argentine drummer Pipi Piazzolla (grandson of Astor). These experiences abroad allowed Jason to connect with many people and cultures, bringing him in touch with some of the inspirations that would go on to help shape Ruminations.
In addition to participating in recording projects by his peers, Jason recently collaborated and recorded with mentor and pianist/composer Ran Blake on the iconic musician's tribute to the late jazz composer/theorist George Russell, soon to be released on the HatHut label.
Jason has performed throughout the Northeast, in jazz clubs such as the Regattabar, Ryles Jazz Club and the Lily Pad in the Boston/Cambridge area, Shrine and Miles' Cafe in New York City and concert halls such as Jordan Hall and the David Friend Recital Hall in Boston. In Argentina he performed at Buenos Aires' jazz clubs Thelonious and Vesuvio and in South Africa at The Green Dolphin, The University of Cape Town, and several other venues throughout that country.
Jason aspires to create music that is highly personal and expressive, as he continues to immerse himself in the great traditions of jazz and various styles from around the world. My compositions reflect very personal experiences, ranging from my travels abroad to my personal journey as a musician and human being. Each piece is unique, while also reflecting a particular aesthetic that I'm going for right now," says Jason. What's more, Jason hopes his music can make a positive impact on people and communities. Danilo Perez conveyed to him that music is a community endeavor . . . a social force that can bring people together and inspire peace and cooperation. With this idea, Jason hopes to continue to create meaningful and personal music that contributes positively to our world.
Tal Gamlieli is a composer and bassist who has performed with renowned artists like Danilo Pérez and Joanne Brackeen, in addition to performing and studying with top musicians in his native Israel. He is the winner of a Downbeat Magazine award for best jazz instrumental performance.
Drummer and composer Michael Gleichman is winner of numerous awards for his musicianship and virtuosity that includes a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Star selection. He is endorsed by Bosphorus cymbals.