Award-winning pianist, composer, and educator Jason Yeager creates music that is deeply expressive and multi-faceted, defying convention while reveling in the traditions of jazz, blues, 20th century classical music, and Latin American folk rhythms. His forthcoming album, due out October 4th on Outside in Music, is entitled New Songs of Resistance, and features reimagined folk music from Argentina, Chile, and Brazil, as well as new compositions inspired by our current reality.
He has released four other albums of original music to wide acclaim, most recently All At Onceness and United, the latter of which was named a Best Album of 2017 by Downbeat Magazine. He was a finalist in the in the 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition (formerly the Great American Jazz Piano Competition), the 2017 International Songwriting Competition, and winner of the 2014 Hot House Jazz Fans Decision Awards for best pianist.
As both a bandleader and sideman, Yeager has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Birdland, and Smalls Jazz Club in New York City; Jordan Hall and the Regattabar in Boston; the Green Dolphin in Capetown; Thelonious in Buenos Aires; the Panama Jazz Festival; and the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival. He has performed and/or recorded with such noteworthy artists as Luciana Souza, Steve Wilson, Ran Blake, Ayn Inserto, Jason Anick, Noah Preminger, Sara Serpa, Matt Wilson, Rudresh Mahantthappa, Julie Benko, Sean Jones, George Garzone, and more.
Currently based in New York City, Yeager is Assistant Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music, where has taught since 2012. He is an honors graduate of the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Double Degree Program, from which he earned a B.A. in International Relations (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a B.M. Jazz Performance (Pi Kappa Lambda). Jason earned his Master of Music, summa cum laude, from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Originally from Framingham, MA, Yeager was first mentored by extraordinary artist-teachers, including Milton Academy's jazz director, bassist Bob Sinicrope, and pianists Dan Loschen and Kyle Aho. He has studied with some of the foremost musicians in the world, including Danilo Pérez, Fred Hersch, Sophia Rosoff, Ran Blake, John Patitucci, Vijay Iyer, Joe Lovano, and Jerry Bergonzi.
“An incredible composer and musician…[who] surprises you like a thunderbolt." -Ran Blake, pianist/composer and MacArthur Grant recipient
“...[Jason] always impressed me with his talent, his curiosity and his desire to create his own music while really investigating the jazz piano tradition.” -Fred Hersch, Grammy-nominated pianist/composer and Doris Duke Fellow
“The evidence is clear on Affirmation, his second outing on…Inner Circle Music....With a highly interactive trio...Yeager stakes out his own unique territory.” -Bill Milkowski, Downbeat Magazine