Monday, July 07, 2014


Jason Paul Curtis On a hot Virginia night in June, 2009, and with only a sound system, a microphone and a suit, Jason performed his first public solo gig. Three hours of Sinatra, Italian and American Songbook later, the stage was set for countless more engagements over the next five years.

Soon, he was performing with DC-area big band, Swing Machine, and in 2010, he founded Swinglab with pianist Ray Mabalot, drummer Woody Hume and Baltimore bassist, John Dahlman.

In 2011, the quartet performed two sets at DC's Twins Jazz and were immediately invited to play the Christmas season at the Gaylord, National Harbor Hotel in Washington, DC. Jason and the band continued with the Gaylord, playing over 64 nights in 2012. In November, 2012,

Jason released his first full-length album, Lovers Holiday. With five originals and two arrangements with Swing Machine, Lovers Holiday received across-the-board critical acclaim and international airplay. Other venues through 2014 have included repeat engagements at Lansdowne Resort (Northern Virginia's largest), Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Blues Alley, The Willard Hotel, with the McLean Orchestra, the National Building Museum, The Metropolitan Club and the White House Holiday Tours in 2012 and 2013.

On June 20, 2014, Jason releases his second full length album, Faux Bourgeois Cafe, welcoming bassist, Ephriam Wolfolk, Jr, saxophonist Dave Schiff and guitarist John Albertson. Cafe includes eight brand-new songs by Jason.

"For a guy who's relatively new to the jazz community, I'm humbled and thrilled to be listed among the striving and thriving who are putting their best voice out there for the world to experience.  "Faux Bourgeois Cafe" comprises an (almost) entirely original song writing effort, and I hope you feel and appreciate the variety of energies the band and I poured into each track.  I hope you like it, and I hope you have a great summer" says Curtis.   Just came in, track 5, "Back of My Mind" is featured on Italy's Animajazz this week!


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