Desert Island Jazz
Jason Myers (2006)

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Upon hearing pianist Jason Myers for the first time, it becomes obvious that he has a deep affinity and respect for the music he is playing. Drawing primarily from a wide repertoire of standards from the 1930's and 1940's, he has the ability of capturing the spirit of that time while simultaneously adding his own distinct voice. His style has been influenced by "Fats" Waller, Nat "King" Cole, and Dave McKenna and he has been admired by such artists as Liza Minnelli and Steve Allen.



Performing over 300 times a year, Jason can be heard playing both with his band and solo piano. The Jason Myers Trio performs at Houston's in San Francisco five nights a week where he has been the resident pianist since its opening in February 1998. The band also performs at other venues in the Bay Area including Six Degrees On Solano in Albany. Jason's solo performances include his nostalgic musical program, "Seems Like Old Times", which continues to be performed throughout California and North Carolina.



Myers' CD's include "Body And Soul" (solo), "The Jason Myers Trio: Cookin' At Houston's", and "Seems Like Old Times" (solo).



Jason has also been recognized as a talented songwriter. Most notable is his collaboration with Steve Allen. After their initial meeting in 1997, Allen was inspired to write lyrics to several of Myers' songs. The first completed work was "They Said It Wouldn't Last" and was recorded by vocalist Carol Jolin. Myers has also won awards from the Unisong International Song Contest and from the Virginia Organization of Composers and Lyricists.



Besides his own projects, Jason has also performed at the 1999 Monterey Jazz Festival with Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band, The Brian Kane Trio, Mal Sharpe's Big Money In Dixieland, and is a sought-after accompanist for vocalists, performing with Maye Cavallaro, Shanna Carlson, Jennifer Lee, Jackie Ryan, and Mary Stallings.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Lynyrd Skynyrd Skynyrd's Innards: Their Greatest Hits They Call Me the Breeze (MCA)
# 2 Oscar Peterson At Carnegie Hall (LP Tenderly (Verve)
# 3 Nat Cole The Best of the Nat "King" Cole Trio: The Vocal Classics (1942-1946 Embraceable You (Capitol)
# 4 Dave McKenna A Celebration of Hoagy Carmichael Lazy River (Concord)
# 5 Ray Charles The Birth of Soul: 1954-1957 Hard Times (Atlantic)
# 6 Jimi Hendrix The Essential Jimi Hendrix, Volumes 1 and 2 Freedom (Reprise)
# 7 Jeff Buckley Grace Hallelujah (Columbia)
# 8 Thomas "Fats" Waller The Early Years, Part I I Wish I Were Twins (Bluebird)
# 9 Dick Hindman Lighthearted Gourmet Flying (Menus & Music)
         
Book Miguel Cervantes, "Don Quixote"
         
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