Genres:Funk, Lounge/Exotica, Country - Classic, Jazz - Latin , Jazz - JazzPop/Light Jazz, Jazz - Fusion, Jazz - Bebop/Traditional, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - Rockabilly, Blues - Electric, Latin - Jazz, RnB - Classic/Soul
Jason Green was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1973. He began playing guitar at the age of 15 and was immediately bitten by the blues and jazz bug. By the time he was 17, he was already playing professionally in local clubs, with guys more than twice his age.
After a few years in college studying music theory and composition, Jason decided that his education would be better achieved learning the business in bar rooms and through meeting elder jazz and blues men. It is a decision he does not regret. At 21 he decided to make music a full-time career and has been at it ever since.
In 1995, Jason joined the JIMMY LEY blues band(former piano/harp player and bandleader for Robert Lockwood Jr.) and for 4 years toured both regionally and nationally, as well as recording several Cd's with Jimmy for SLIPPERY NOODLE RECORDS (an Indianapolis blues label). This was Jason's first taste of the road, playing various blues clubs and festivals around the country.
In 1999, Jason formed the COALHOUSE WALKER band and became a first call guitar player in the Cleveland area doing recordings, weddings, clubs dates and lessons. Coalhouse Walker was led by Jason, who had not yet ventured into the world of singing, and therefore featured Jerome Hawk Freeman on vocals, as well as drummer Mike Ward and bassist Tony Fortuna. After Jerome and the band parted ways Coalhouse Walker used different front men including Ron Prince from the KINSEY REPORT, Tad Walters from STEADY ROLLIN BOB MARGOLIN and many other top Cleveland area vocalists.
But he missed the road and in 2000, he got the chance to go back out with blues legend BIG JACK JOHNSON, from Clarksdale Mississippi. He had the honor of playing with Big Jack at the 2001 WC HANDY BLUES AWARDS, sharing the stage with KIM WILSON from the FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS and SAM CARR, legendary Delta blues drummer. For the next 3 years Green practically lived on the road. During that time he played the NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL, the CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL, the KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL, the SAN FRANCISCO BLUES FESTIVAL and many more. Being with Big Jack and the Oilers took him through almost all 50 states, half of Canada, Japan and Australia as well. When not on the road with Big Jack, Jason performed and recorded with the popular Ohio jazz trio THE TRITONES, featuring Jason on guitar, Jim Wall on drums and Mike Barrick on bass.
In the year 2004, Jason decided to relocate to New York City in hopes of finding bigger and better opportunities. He began playing solo in the subway to make some extra cash but soon realized it could actually be a fairly lucrative endeavor, in addition to being a great way to make contacts and get his music out to people that he would not normally come across. He is now a member of the prestigious MUSIC UNDER NEW YORK(MUNY) program.
In just four years, Jason has become a part of the New York music scene. He works freelance with several different groups including the CHRISTINE SANTELLI, NIKKI ARMSTRONG, FRENCH COOKIN' BLUES BAND, FELIX CABRERA, GINA FOX and many others. He also leads his own trio, JASON GREEN AND THE LABOR OF LOVE, does solo gigs, recordings, gives lessons and plays in the subway.
Jason is endorsed by Ernie Ball and D'Angelico Guitars.