Man of Substance – Jason Marshall – The Love of Jazz

Jason Marshall

  • My name is Jason William Marshall Sr.  I am 30 years old. Married. Father of two children. I was born in Washington, D.C. – raised in Silver Spring, MD.
  • Undergrad from the New School. Masters from the Aaron Copeland School of music. I’m a professional saxophone player, arranger, composer and wardrobe consultant.  I’ve given talks on jazz, black history and menswear on a high school and college level. I live in Manhattan, NYC.
  • I remember jazz for as long as I remember hearing music. I did not gravitate towards it. It was always there.
  • I play the saxophone because that was what appealed to a 9-year-old kid in the 4th grade when we all chose instruments.
  • The only setbacks I’ve faced professionally was taking too long to realize that ethical behavior in the this business largely in effigy.  I wised up, though. I have been better for it every day since.
  • The most memorable experience as a professional would be the first time I played the Playboy Jazz Festival in LA. – 10,000 people, celebrities EVERYWHERE, Roy Hargrove and a ROTATING STAGE. I was 20 years old.
  • My favorite artists are Cannonball Adderley, Stanley Turrentine, Dexter Gordon and Grover Washington.  They all had an unmitigated joyousness and grace in their playing, and were very articulate in their presentation.
  • In the future, I see myself as wealthy beyond measure, successful beyond any logic, a blessing to anyone within earshot, and the husband, father, son and brother to a healthy, happy and whole family.

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