Jason Keiser is a professional jazz guitarist, multi-stylist, OA2 recording and performing artist, bandleader, and composer based in the Bay Area, currently residing in San Jose, California.
Jason released "Shaw's Groove" featuring John Stowell, Erik Jekabson, Aaron Lington, Dan Robbins, and Jason Lewis on OA2 Records on Friday April 21st, 2023 marking his debut on Origin & OA2 Records.
Currently, Jason is planning to release his first all solo guitar bluegrass album entitled "Grassology" with original works penned by Keiser, and exciting covers by David Grisman, Tony Rice, David Grier, traditional fiddle tunes, bluegrass gospel, and more. Stay tuned!
“San Jose Guitarist Jason Keiser casts a wide musical net, enamored equally with bluegrass as with post-bop jazz. Rather than diluting his attention, his varied interests seem to have sharpened his imagination, judging by his impressive new album
“Shaw’s Groove”. © Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group
"Jason Keiser blew me away when I first heard him play. He possesses an incredible guitar technique that encompasses everything from lightning fast runs to sensitive and nuanced chordal work. He is also a creative and sophisticated composer. But beyond these formidable gifts, Jason plays with a passion and vivacity that is both palpable and contagious."
Professional Jazz Guitarist, & Educator
Jason is the bandleader of The New Acoustic Collective, a jazz-bluegrass fusion string band carrying on the legacy of “dawg music” by David Grisman, SpaceGrass music of The Tony Rice Unit, and their own unique fusion acoustic music with blends of classical, jazz, bluegrass, and world music stylings. The New Acoustic Collective has performed as Official Showcase Artists at the 2021 International Bluegrass Music Association's “World of Bluegrass” in the Bluegrass Ramble with performances at The Pour House Music Hall & Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh NC.
In addition to leading The New Acoustic Collective, Jason is an active solo jazz recording and performing artist, guitarist, composer, arranger, and freelancer who has recorded, collaborated, and worked with the following artists; John Stowell, Rick Vandivier, Mimi Fox, Wyatt Rice, Jim Kerwin, Mike Mullins, Thomas Cassell, Melissa Garay, and many more!
As a leader/co-leader, Jason has released 4 albums to date with his 5th official album release "Amor en Ritmo" by The New Acoustic Collective on Saturday September 3rd, 2022. Pre-order is available now at The NAC's website and Bandcamp in both digital and physical formats!
For Jason’s other music releases; please listen to “Mimi’s Mode” featuring master jazz guitarist, Mimi Fox; “The Axe Axis” featuring jazz guitar maestros; Rick Vandivier & John Stowell, and his most recent album on OA2 Records "Shaw's Groove" featuring John Stowell!
2016 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship Guitar finalist
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