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.
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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
Want to learn a new instrument? Do you love performing on stage and want to improve your skills?
Beyond basic to advanced instrument instruction, studying with Jason will prepare you to play jazz music with others. You will learn how to improvise over any tune from "Lester Leaps In" to "Giant Steps." Whether you are interested in improvisation, learning repertoire, or transcribing solos, Jason can help you improve your skills and develop your own individual voice.
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 20+ years of performance and teaching experience.
Known for his down to earth, patient, and fun approach, Jason specializes in practical and accessible instruction.
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 theatrical productions at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts.
His teaching follows the tradition of master pedagogues Joe Allard and David Liebman in its emphasis on sound production / articulation / the development of a personal sound. Whether you are a novice or an advanced player, he will provide you with the fundamental tools needed to improvise over jazz standards as a practical means to arrive at and apply your unique individual voice.
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