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Classically trained but inspired by Herbie Hancock, Jason Rebello first came to the attention of one of the founders of jazz fusion, Weather Reportâ€™s saxophonist Wayne Shorter in the early 1990â€™s. He was one of the forerunners of the modern jazz resurgence of that period and was quickly signed to BMG records on a three-album deal. He produced a further two albums by the end of the decade and toured extensively with his own band in the UK and internationally before he was invited by Sting join his band, following the untimely death in 1998 of piano legend and personal hero Kenny Kirkland. Jason recorded with Sting on his Grammy winning albums Brand New Day 1999, All This Time 2001 and Sacred Love 2003. It was through an introduction from Sting that Jason met guitar legend Jeff Beck in 2006. He worked together with Beck on his 2010 albumEmotion and Commotion and co-wrote the Grammy winning single Hammerhead. Throughout this period respect for Jasonâ€™s musicianship increased and his technique, diversity and adaptability have enabled him to work with artists across the musical spectrum such as Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Joss Stone, Madeline Peyroux, Manu Katche and Charlene Soraia. In 2007 inspired by family life in Bath, he embarked on the Jazz Rainbow project. Created as through of a love of teaching and a belief that expression through music is an important part of a child's development, Jason has worked nationally to promote learning through musical workshops in schools. The project resulted in the Jazz Rainbow album a charming reinvention of much loved children's tunes the whole family could enjoy. Jason continues to teach and examine, lecturing at various schools and music colleges including The Guildhall School of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Welsh National College of Music and Bath Spa University. He runs workshops and master classes at Jazz Festivals both in the UK and Europe. He also helped establish the Jazz Factory at the Wiltshire Music Centre.
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