Jason Crosby

Jason Crosby

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Biography

Mulit- Instrumentalist and composer Jason Crosby had an auspicious musical beginning at the age of 2 when he started playing the violin, and shortly after it was discovered that he possessed perfect pitch. As a young boy, he immersed himself in classical music, both on the piano and the violin. He then took on the guitar, the viola, the french horn and the trumpet and pursued those instruments with vigor. A multi-instrumentalist with extensive and varied musical pursuits, Jason currently puts his energy into his own self-titled band, which explores a profusion of Acoustic, Rock, Jazz, Funk, and Latin music. Over the last decade, Jason has been a member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Susan Tedeschi Band and many others. Jason has played on dozens of albums and has toured with members of the Allman Brothers, The Dead, and the Meters. Over the last few years Crosby has also toured with artists like Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and Dave Mathews. When he's not fronting his own group, Jason currently tours internationally with 5 time Grammy winners the Blind Boys of Alabama.
After touring with the Long Island Youth Orchestra to countries such as China, Russia, Australia and Cuba, Crosby expanded his classical horizons by embracing other varied styles of music. His first two solo albums, Out of the Box and Four Chords display his diverse array of virtuosic talents, as he switches instruments from song to song, as well as the styles of music he creates and explores. Modern Drummer Magazine gave Four Chords four stars, and the review raves: “Crosby shines on keys, trumpet, and violin, and his playing and writing combines the eclectic flair and sophistication of the new Southern fusion.” On his most recent album, the soon to be released “Words in Glass,” Jason sings lead and co-writes the lyrics in addition to playing guitar, strings, and keyboards. Jason's music is imbued with a depth of musical sophistication that comes only from years of searching different styles of expression in order to create new ones. Whether the Jason Crosby Band is conjuring up a melodic acoustic song or playing free jazz, they always manage to stretch the scope of imagination of what one type of music can contain. JCB is also known for its intense rhythmical variations, often playing songs in odd time signatures.
Jasons playing and compositions have graced over forty albums, from Susan Tedeschi’s Grammy nominated blues album, “Wait for Me” to Anastacia’s diamond CD (over 10 million units sold), “Freak of Nature” . He has performed on various DVDs including Live at Austin City Limits and Eric Clapton’s Crossroad Guitar Festival. Jason Crosby has also had the honor of playing violin solos with Carlos Santana, and keyboard with Dave Mathews and Bruce Springsteen.
Having shared the stage with B.B. King, Prince and The Rolling Stones, Crosby is no stranger to the forces of music that have defined the musical scene for decades. Jason has been featured many times on television shows, most notably Austin City Limits, Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jools Holland. During his first Grammy appearance in 2004 with Robert Randolph, Jason played keyboard in the tribute to Funk, along with Outkast, the original P-Funk, and Earth Wind and Fire.
Jason Crosby had defied definition in his career, but one thing about him is blatantly obvious, this is a musician whose intrinsic talent and grace are rare gifts to the music scene today. Crosby’s music is almost a melting pot of different sound and form, a profundity of creative elements as varied as the instruments he plays and the styles he explores.

Discography

Out of the Box 2000 (special guests Oteil Burbridge, Derek Trucks of ABB, Leo Nocentelli of the Meters)
Four Chords 2003 (special guests Susan Tedeschi, Marc Broussard, Jeff Sipe, and ABB members Derek, Oteil, and Marc Q)
Words in Glass (forthcoming release with special guests Robert Randolph and Lucy Chapin)

streaming at myspace.com/jasoncrosbymusic

Set List

Typical set list would be tracks from all 3 albums, as well as covers from Beck, Daniel Johnston, Jeff Sipe