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Jason Keiser

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." 
Mimi Fox
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! 

Awards

2016 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship Guitar finalist

Gear

1977 Ovation Legend Model 1117-1, previously owned by Wyatt Rice Godin 5th Ave Archtop Hollowbody Neumann KM-184 Royer Labs R-10 Bosa L1 & S1 Pro PA's Elixir Strings D'addario Strings Charmed Life, Bluechip, Tone Slab, custom tortoise shell picks


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Album Review

Jason Keiser: Shaw's Groove

Read "Shaw's Groove" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “Shaw" in guitarist Jason Keiser's album Shaw's Groove is the late great Woody Shaw, one of the more innovative and influential jazz trumpeters of the twentieth century. Even though he lived only forty-four years (he died in May 1989), Shaw was an important role model whose sweeping influence remains strong to this day, both as a player and composer. The first four songs on Shaw's Groove were written by Shaw himself, among the many he composed ...

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“Guitarist Jason Keiser is finding a unique and compelling voice both as player and composer. His eclectic tastes in music and capability to live in different genres are combining in a beautiful synergy when Jason plays and writes. I will be following his career with interest and I look forward to collaborating with Jason in the near future.”

John Stowell

Professional Jazz Guitarist, Educator

Origin Records Artist

 

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Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Shaw's Groove

OA2 Records
2023

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The Axe Axis

Self Produced
2022

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Amor en Ritmo

Self Produced
2022

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Mimi's Mode

Self Produced
2022

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Art of Acoustics

Self Produced
2021

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Organ Grinder

From: Shaw's Groove
By Jason Keiser

Spanish Samba (feat. John Stowell)

From: Spanish Samba Single Release
By Jason Keiser

Mimi's Mode (feat. Mimi Fox)

From: Mimi's Mode
By Jason Keiser

Black Orpheus

From: Amor en Ritmo
By Jason Keiser

Wheeler's Waltz

From: The Axe Axis
By Jason Keiser

Autumn Leaves

From: Autumn Leaves
By Jason Keiser

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