Neil Jason

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Neil Jason
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Neil Jason in 2018
Background information
BornNew York City, New York, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
  • trumpet
  • saxophone
  • trombone
  • piano
  • percussion
Years active1976–present

Neil Jason, is an American session bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has worked with some of the biggest recording artists, including John Lennon, Billy Joel, Roxy Music, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Kiss, Gene Simmons, Michael Jackson, Brecker Brothers, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Harry Chapin, Joe Jackson, Charlie Watts, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, Diana Ross, John McLaughlin, Gladys Knight, Debbie Harry, Michael Franks, Bob James, David Sanborn, Brigitte Zarie, Carly Simon, Janis Ian, Nils Lofgren, Eddie Van Halen and tenor Luciano Pavarotti.[1] He also writes for TV and film.[2]

Neil was a member of the Saturday Night Live house band from 1980 to 1983 and has made over a hundred appearances with Paul Shaffer’s band on The Late Show With David Letterman. He has also worked on countless hit commercials and movies as a composer in New York City.

Early life[edit]

Neil Jason was born and raised in New York City. He grew up in Brooklyn and began playing the trumpet in the sixth grade. He went on to play in all the school bands, not only the trumpet, but also saxophone and trombone. He started taking piano lessons to learn more about music. He did not play the bass guitar until he was in high school.[3][4]


Neil Jason has identified his influences as a combination of his school training on trumpet, saxophone, and piano (giving his fingers strength and dexterity). Bands who influenced him included Chase, Dreams and Chicago, and the musicians who influenced him included James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt, Larry Graham and Sly Stone.[3]



Personal life[edit]

In 1998, he married Brigitte Zarie.[5]



  1. ^ "Neil Jason : Credits". Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Neil Jason, retrieved October 10, 2015
  3. ^ a b "Interview – Neil Jason". For Bass Players Only. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Markbass - Neil Jason". Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Brigitte Zarie - Sound Portrait, retrieved October 9, 2015

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