Mr. Klobnak is a versatile trumpet player that has been performing as an active musician, author, clinician, composer and educator. His bands, the JKQ (Jason Klobnak Quartet/Quintet) and J's Ruckus have released 5 albums that have done well on Jazzweek charts, Top 10 lists on international radio stations, and multiple positive reviews.
They are Denver's blend of post-bop, indie jazz, neo r&b, and hip-hop. J's Ruckus performs infectious and up-lifting originals for audiences hungry for a unique Jazz experience.
Mr. Klobnak also the trumpet and brass instructor at Arapahoe Community College, have released two very well reviewed Jazz improvisation books, do clinics, perform, and keep a steady teaching studio both in- person and on Skype. Mr. Klobnak holds a bachelor degree from Drake University (Des Moines, IA) and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music (Denver, CO)
2015 Pathways to Jazz Grant (Boulder, CO)
2019-2020 ACC Adjunct Faculty of the Year
” It was Jason’s dazzling brass on “For Them” that made it my personal favorite of the
eleven high-energy pieces offered up for your long-term listening pleasure. I give
Jason & his quintet a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient)
rating of 4.98 for this stunning work.”
Improvijazzation Nation Issue #161 Reviews March 2016
“…invigorating, melodic and full of well-honed ensemble work and thoughtful,
controlled solos…Klobnak and friends offer a distinctive sense of swing and lyricism.
Combine those qualities with solid writing and the group’s enthusiasm, and the result
is a mighty fine record.”
Jazz Society of Oregon-CD Reviews February 2016
“…his originals convey a general spirit of optimism in the composition and the
Willing to teach