Electric Bass and Upright Bass Instructor
Jason has been on the teaching staff at Durdel’s since September of 2005. Jason started playing electric bass in 1996 and was in the Woodmore High School Jazz band his junior and senior years. In high school he also played clarinet, bass clarinet and trombone.
By the end of 1998, he began to study the upright bass. His studies continued at BGSU in the Jazz Performance program at Bowling Green State University the following year. While there, Jason studied with world-class jazz bassist, Jeff Halsey. He has also studied classical bass with Yuan-Xiong Lu, Aaron Keaster, and Anthony Stoops. At BGSU, Jason performed in the jazz combos, big band, and orchestra. Jason graduated magna cum laude from BGSU with a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies in 2004.
Early in his career as a free-lance musician Jason played in numerous college and professional musicals, wedding bands, concerts, worship bands and country clubs. Currently his primary bands are The Bridges, a top 40/rock cover band that plays the Toledo/Put-In=Bay scene and Swingmania, a popular 13-piece jazz orchestra in the NW Ohio region.
Some of Jason’s influences on bass include: Victor Wooten, Rocco Prestia, Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Dave Holland, Paul Chambers and, of course, Jaco Pastorious. He is also influenced by greats on other instruments, such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.
Jason’s favorite part of teaching is seeing students reach their musical goals, whatever they may be!
Low is the way to go.
e-mail Jason: email@example.com