Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music?
Seeing Herbie Hancock perform in 1983
Who or what were the most important influences on your musical life and career?
Herbie Hancock, Julian Joseph, John Coltrane.
You are performing in the London Piano Festival this October – tell us more about this?
I’ll be performing material from my latest solo piano album ‘Held’. Also I’ll be playing my versions of music by Paul Mcartney, Sting and Errol Garner
What have been the greatest challenges of your career so far?
Playing ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with the Hallé Orchestra and arranging for them too.
Which performance/recordings are you most proud of?
‘Enter the Fire’ – Tim Garland, ‘Make it real’ – me, and ‘Anything but look’ -me.
Which particular works do you think you perform best?
Hard to say, I enjoy many styles of jazz.
How do you make your repertoire choices from season to season?
I go with what feels right to me.
Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in and why?
Anywhere with a nice piano and a nice sounding room is fine with me.
Who are your favourite musicians?
I like Ivo Neame, Julian Joseph, Gwlym Simcock and Wayne Shorter at the moment…
What is your most memorable concert experience?
Playing at the Albert Hall with Sting.
What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?
To never forget that music is for enjoyment and communication.
For the closing concert of the London Piano Festival, Jason will perform material from Held as well as music from Sting to Errol Garner and beyond. Full details here