Born and raised in British Columbia, Jason Stillman moved to Montreal to pursue a degree at McGill University in 2006. Since then, he has played with several well-known local musicians including Remi Bolduc, Andre White, Dave Laing, and Joe Sullivan. He leads the Jason Stillman Quartet and Saturated Blue, a group dedicated to playing their favourite Blue Note Records recordings with a different spin.
Stillman holds a doctoral degree in music from the University of Toronto and teaches saxophone and jazz improvisation at the McGill Conservatory.
Praise for Prelude
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Stillman is an elegant straight-ahead soloist whose tone and phrasing are remindful of such contemporaries as Vincent Herring, Kenny Garrett, and Bobby Watson, with an occasional nod to earlier trailblazers including Lou Donaldson, Herb Geller, and Frank Morgan. The references, however, are always oblique, as Stillman takes care not to emulate anyone." Jack Bowers - All About Jazz
TOUTE L'ACTUALITÉ JAZZ DU QUÉBEC
Visiblement moderne dans son approche, Stillman s’invite chez vous avec un son qui est loin d'être scolaire et des compositions originales. Pensons au très beau Quartet Blues à la sonorité ample, au Suicide Squeeze ou Tribute qui est un hommage à ses maîtres, le travail de groupe est nettement prometteur. Comme l’âme est bien présente ainsi que la densité des architectures musicales, il faut plusieurs écoutes serrées pour comprendre la démarche artistique. Si cela manque parfois un peu de swing, nous saluons cette démarche souvent novatrice qui porte vers.
In Montreal & Online
Jason is a Montreal-based musician with over 15 years of teaching experience.
Known for his down to earth, patient, and fun approach, Jason specializes in practical and applicable instruction.
Jason has a Doctorate in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Music from McGill University.
He works with students of all ages and abilities, drawing on over 20+ years of performance experience on saxophone and 15+ years experience as a private instructor.
Jason has professional experience playing soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones.
CLARINET & FLUTE
Jason studied clarinet under Peter Freeman (McGill University) and John Johnson (University of Toronto) and flute under Cindy Shuter (McGill University).
He has been featured on clarinet in several professional productions at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts.
Jason instructs students at the beginner to intermediate level on clarinet and flute.
Jason is known for his creative and applicable methods to teaching improvisation over standard jazz repertoire.
His teaching follows the tradition of master pedagogues like Joe Allard and David Liebman in its emphasis on the development of a personal sound. At the same time, whether the student is a novice or an advanced player, he also stresses the fundamental tools needed to improvise over jazz standards as a practical means to arrive at and apply this individual voice.
AUDITION & EXAM PREP
Audition & Exam Prep
A collection of transcribed sax solos by Jason Stillman, available for purchase.