Jason Rebello is a jazz man through and through, and his early career grew from the jazz fusion movement under the guidance of one of its earliest innovators, saxophonist Wayne Shorter of Weather Report.
Jason’s music helped promote a massive jazz resurgence that took place in the 90s and his work crossed into the mainstream via collaborations with major artists like Sting and Jeff Beck. Jason worked on Sting’s Grammy-winning albums Brand New Day, All This Time and Sacred Love. He later co-wrote Jeff Beck’s Grammy-winning single ‘Hammerhead’.
The students at BIMM Bristol were understandably blown away when they got the chance to play alongside Jason in a Masterclass as part of their Improvisation study module. During a fully interactive session, Jason gave practical guidance while he and the students performed live improv, including tips on listening, practice and style.
The performance section of the class was followed by a Q&A session where Jason was able to describe his career path and crucially spoke about how to sustain a working life in music. He emphasised the importance of balancing personal artistic development with professional engagements to support a fruitful career.
As an example, Jason’s CV includes numerous solo projects, including a three-album deal with BMG, as well as session and collaboration work with artists like Peter Gabriel, Joss Stone, Phil Collins, Madeline Peyroux, Pee Wee Ellis, Manu Katche and Charlene Soraia.
Jason described how he progressed to playing with high profile acts and what he has learned from inside the industry. As an experienced instructor, as well as player – Jason, has taught at The Guildhall School of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Welsh National College of Music and Bath Spa University – Jason communicated a real enthusiasm for his work that our students are still being inspired by! His incredible playing of course always speaks for itself!
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