Jason T Reddish Resume

      Jason T Reddish -BIO


Jason's very early interest in percussion started at the age of 6 on pots and pans like most drummers that start at a young age. He started playing piano at age 8 and studying both around 10 years of age. His earlier influences were Mitch Mitchell, Stewart Copeland, Simon Phillips and one of his first teacher's, legendary Kenwood Dennard (Woody).

He's the son of horn player, the late Bill Reddish (who was called a monster by jazz writer Bill Milkowski in Milkowski's biography of Jaco Pastorius).This gave Jason early exposure to great music - Coltrane, Parker, Ayler, Shepp, Coleman Hawkins, to name a few, who were Bill's inspirations at the time (while Bill was playing tenor with the likes of most notably, Jaco Pastorius, War and a brief stint with Zappa throughout the 70's.

Reddish started playing the NYC scene at a very early age. Throughout the 80's in high school he was already steadily gigging at Lamour's Brooklyn, CBGB's, in the metal/punk scene with various acts such as Lady Killer and was eventually signed by Atlantic Records in the early 90's with the band Scattered Few under his nick name Jay Red.

Jason continued his musical studies at the Drummer's Collective NYC and exclusively with Master/Professor Ralph Peterson Jr at Rutgers University. His musical influences varied from Bach to Bird and on drums he voraciously consumed the styles of Elvin Jones, Mark Giuliana, Dennis Chambers, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Papa Philly Joe Jones, Jeff Tain Watts and Max Roach (just to name a few). Ralph Peterson Jr. opened Jason up to the teachings of master teacher and musician, Alan Dawson, which was a game changer.

In the late 90's Reddish Co-Founded the NYC band Crambone and toured with singer songwriter Paul Wenzel as a member of the "Mourning Would" where they opened for various pop acts like Maroon 5, Phantom Planet, Ben Kweller, OK GO, Rusted Root and Duncan Sheik.

Jason is currently very active musically (and extremely versatile) working on various projects, primarily the Jazz Fusion project and Quartet "Fuse Patrol" which is a revisit to the great 70's jazz fusion acts, IE. Weather Report, Return To Forever, Jean Luc Ponty with a modern twist; (this project morphed from the JAE Trio recordings and added the great Roy Suter on keyboards). He is also a regular on the drum throne with the Black Cats NYC (which has a loyal and dedicated following in the NYC Max's Kansas City, CBGB's scene which is still alive and thriving). He also recently teamed up with Paul Wenzel's new "Wirehound" project. Both JAE Trio and Wirehound have recent releases. Fuse Patrol released "Barney's Bounce in 18 and The Black Cats NYS are due to release a full length EP "Free Cake" in 2020. Paul Wenzel will also be releasing "Sleep All Day" which spans a 20 year history with Jason Reddish on drums and production.

Wirehounds, "It Takes a Long Time" was released independently in March of 2014 and JAE Trio released their first full length "Push Pull" in Feb of 2015 under the tutelage of jazz engineer Tom Tedesco in Paramus NJ. It has international buzz and can be found on CD Baby, I Tunes, Amazon, Rhapsody etc.

Jason had the privilege of studying piano with friend and producer Sam Barsh and is currently continuing his studies with jazz piano great Andre Winnicki. He is currently a student of the Michael Carvin School of Drumming and studies with Master and legend Michael Carvin.

He is also a successful businessman and TV and Radio personality, currently appearing on various TV and Radio financial related segments and was also featured on the Emmy Award Nominated Shark Tank in late 2013.

Ian Gitlen - (Jazz Forums)

Updated:  August 24, 2020

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