Jason Yeager | Piano
Award-winning pianist, composer, and educator Jason Yeager creates music that is deeply expressive and multi-faceted, defying convention while reveling in the traditions of jazz, blues, 20th century classical music, and Latin American folk rhythms. He has released four albums of original music to wide acclaim, most recently All At Onceness and United, the latter of which was named a Best Album of 2017 by Downbeat Magazine. He was a finalist in the in the 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition (formerly the Great American Jazz Piano Competition), the 2017 International Songwriting Competition, and winner of the 2014 Hot House Jazz Fans Decision Award for best pianist. His forthcoming album, New Songs of Resistance, will be released on Outside in Music in the fall of 2019.
As both a bandleader and sideman, Yeager has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Birdland, and Smalls Jazz Club in New York City; Jordan Hall and the Regattabar in Boston; the Green Dolphin in Capetown; Thelonious in Buenos Aires; the Panama Jazz Festival; and the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival. He has performed and/or recorded with such noteworthy artists as Luciana Souza, Steve Wilson, Ran Blake, Ayn Inserto, Jason Anick, Noah Preminger, Sara Serpa, Matt Wilson, Rudresh Mahantthappa, Julie Benko, Sean Jones, George Garzone, and more.
Currently based in New York City, Yeager is Assistant Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music, where has taught since 2012. He is an honors graduate of the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Double Degree Program, from which he earned a B.A. in International (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a B.M. Jazz Performance (Pi Kappa Lambda). Jason earned his Master of Music, summa cum laude, from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He has studied with some of the foremost musicians in the world, including Danilo Pérez, Fred Hersch, Ran Blake, Sofia Rosoff, John Patitucci, Vijay Iyer, Joe Lovano, and Jerry Bergonzi.