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Pianist Jason Lindner has been a fixture in the New York jazz scene (his hometown) since the mid-90s when the venerated Greenwich Village club, Smalls, became the home for a new generation of forward-thinking jazz musicians. After leading a number of quintet and sextet gigs at the club, the big band performances quickly became the focal point for critics who frequently wrote about the club, and record label representatives eagerly tried to capitalize on the buzz. Lindner regularly drew sold-out crowds on Monday nights at Smalls, something more established musicians could only accomplish on weekends. This earned them their Impulse! debut on Jazz Underground/Live at Smalls, which led to their full-length album Premonition - released by friend and supporter, Chick Corea.
"One of the most impressive big bands to emerge in years." - JazzTimes Magazine
"The arrangements are as full as an orchestra twice this one's size. Live at the Jazz Gallery is a strong contender for 2007's TOP-10 lists." - Downbeat Magazine
"This guy [Lindner] is tearing up the jazz scene. Easy to see why. He has enough personality to make his presence felt in the midst of a roaring big band ...Don't miss this one!" - Keyboard Magazine
The son of a pianist and yoga instructor, Jason grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and was able to pick out melodies on the piano at age 2. Formal piano studies ensued at age 7, followed by early musical exploration of other instruments like the guitar, trombone, saxophone and upright bass. Attending LaGuardia High School of Music and Art High not only formed lasting ties with such musical collaboratives as Eric McPherson (Jackie Mclean), Daniel Freedman (Third World Love, Angelique Kidjo) and Myron Walden (Brian Blade Fellowship), but also provided the opportunities of performing on the world-renouned stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
At age 15 Lindner had his first New York gigs - an art gallery in the notorious Alphabet City, a Baptist Church in Harlem, a social club for Black Muslims in Harlem, and a cabaret bar on the upper West side. On the weekends Jason wouldn't miss jam sessions at the legendary Village Gate and at Zanzibar, where Greg Hutchinson, William Ash and Ari Roland were the house rhythm section for musical legends "C" Sharpe, Junior Cook and Tommy Turrentine.
Following high school, Lindner apprenticed under Dr. Barry Harris, Chris Anderson (Herbie Hancock's harmonic inspiration), Junior Mance, Tardo Hammer, Jackie Byard and Frank Hewitt, and spent countless hours listening to (and jamming with, when possible) local jazz heroes Jimmy Lovelace, Tommy Turrentine, "C" Sharpe, Junior Cook, Frank Gant, Clifford Barbero, Herman Wright, Dennis Charles, Gilly Goggens, Arnie Lawrence and Jimmy Vass.
Jason found both work and artistic fulfillment playing in Latin dance bands and accompanying vocalists at the University Of The Streets and soon began touring and recording with bassist Avishai Cohen and vocalist Claudia Acuña, when Lindner's focus shifted beyond jazz to musical cultures around the globe in search of intensely vital forms of musical expression, and specifically rhythm. Lindner feels that "No one music is more important than any other. They are actually all different parts of the universal musical expression, the language of music. As knowing multiple verbal languages broadens your native tongue and your mind and total expression, so does knowing multiple musical dialects. Music from different places specializes in different detailed forms of expression and gaps can be filled in your own ability the more you know. I believe this is what my generation is learning."
NOW VS. NOW is Jason Lindners current working trio and the vehicle for his own compositions. The explorative electro-jazz-rock trio features bassist Panagiotis Andreou and drummer Mark Guiliana. Their debut album - Jason Lindner Gives You Now Vs Now - was produced by friend/collaborator Meshell Ndegeocello and mixed by Bob Power (Q-Tip, Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Eryka Badu).
Lindner may also be heard with Dafnis Prieto and Kokayi in the Proverb Trio, in the quartet of Anat Cohen, or with Donny McCaslin, Mark Guiliana's Beat Music, The New York Gypsy All Stars, The Framers, Meshell Ndegeocello, Omer Avital, Daniel Freedman and others.