Bio - full
Thursday, May 17th, 2007 6:53 PM
JLB Biography - full (855 words)
Jason Lee Bruns (b. October, 3, 1979, Coldwater, Ohio) is an American percussionist, drummer, band leader, producer and educator specializing in Rock, Pop, R&B, Funk, Jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Latin drum set styles. Behind the drum set he is known for his unique ability of re-creating the texture and deep tribal groove of a large percussion ensemble (audience members claiming he sounds like 5 people at once). In a pop setting Jason's hard grooving yet precise & intricate drumming style has been compared by some to that of Stewart Copland (The Police). Jason is also a well-trained classical percussionist and studied the marimba very seriously during undergrad where he was a winner in the university’s “Undergraduate Artist Competition”. Jason also plays the soprano/lead steel drum and knows the in's & out's of playing all of the folkloric Brazilian & Cuban percussion instruments and traditional styles very well; all of which influence his drumming techniques and playing styles to sound unique.
As a band leader Jason is the musical director and founder of the “Jason Lee Bruns Jazz Collective" and the “LA Caribbean Ensemble”. As a sideman he has shared the stage in bands for Lewis Price (The Temptations), Neil Sedaka, Liane Carroll (2x BBC Jazz Award Winner), and most recently the artist BECK. Jason has performed at Los Angeles' top venues including Disney Hall, House of Blues, Herb Alpert's Vibrato, Vitello’s, Catalina Jazz Club, the former La Ve Lee Jazz Club, and Spazio's. He has recorded steel pan for lyricist Roxanne Seeman (Barbra Streisand, Phil Collins) and subbed for percussionist Munyungo Jackson (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder) with bassist Andre Manga (Paul Simon) for the show "3 Blacque Chix", directed by James Reynolds ("Days of Our Lives"). In 2005, Jason had the honor of playing Timpani for the funeral of Johnnie Cochran, where he shared the stage with luminaries such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and P-Diddy.
Jason has released seven self-produced CD’s on his own record label - Panout Music Group™. These include most recently “Cherry Avenue” featuring vocalist Kevin Bachelder, preceded by “Live at Catalina Jazz Club” "45 RPM", “JLB Jazz Collective with Jason Gamer”, “The Egrem Session”- recorded at the famous Egrem Studio in Havana Cuba (Buena Vista Social Club), "L.A.C.E." by the L.A. Caribbean Ensemble (Southern California's Premier Event Band - where urban meets island), and “Tapas” (a demo with a compilation of clips from various studio takes and live performances). Jason’s music can be found on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby and can be heard on Spotify and Pandora radio, and on 300+ terrestrial FM radio shows nationwide.
As a music educator Jason has held an artist residency for the City of Los Angeles (LA’s Best), taught for USC Jazz Reach, and is the founder of the World Music program at Campbell Hall in North Hollywood, CA; a program that includes two steel drum orchestras, a Brazilian percussion ensemble, and a salsa percussion band. In addition he also teaches music theory and three levels of recording arts for which he also founded and holds the title of “Director of Recording Arts"
Jason earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance with a Minor in composition from Miami University (OH) and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. He also holds performance certificates from the Mangueira Samba School in Brazil and the International Folklore Laboratory in Havana, Cuba. Jason is also an AVID "Certified ProTools Instructor" and hold a Master’s Certificate in audio production from the Berklee School of Music. He has studied drum set one-on-one with Peter Erskine (Stan Kenton Orchestra), Aaron Serfaty (Arturo Sandoval), and Terri Lyne Carrington (Herbie Hancock, Gillespie); classical percussion with Dr. Bill Albin (Miami University, OH); studied composition & music theory with Morton Lauridsen and Shelton Berg; apprenticed with Latin percussion master Angel Figuroa, and Brazilian percussion masters Marcos Suzano (Sting), and Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro from the cult classic movie "Black Orpheus”. His first teachers were Dayton Ohio drummers Don Donnett, John Taylor, and Cliff Bowerman.