Pianist Jason Lindner has been a fixture in the New York jazz scene since the mid-90s when the venerated Greenwich Village club, Smalls, became the home for a new generation of forward-thinking jazz musicians. Lindner's large ensemble performances quickly became the focal point for critics who frequently wrote about the club, and record label representatives eagerly tried to capitalize on the buzz. Lindner regularly drew sold out crowds on Monday nights at Smalls, something more established musicians could only accomplish on weekends. This earned them their Imulse records debut on Jazz Underground/Live At Smalls, which led to their full-length release on Chick Corea’s Stretch label, Premonition. Now in their 12th year, they are preparing an exciting and much anticipated double CD recorded live at the jazz Gallery.
Lindner grew up in Brooklyn, NY, started playing piano by ear at age 2 and was playing jazz proficiently at 15. He apprenticed with master bebopper Barry Harris and the mystic harmonic master Chris Anderson (Herbie Hancock's harmonic guru), and also with Junior Mance, Tardo Hammer, Harold Danko, Frank Hewitt and Jaki Bayard before exploring a world of Latin and African rhythms, Funk, R&B, Hip Hop, Electronica, Rock... in general, MUSIC. Jason frequently performs in New York and around the world with Claudia Acuña, Meshell Ndegeocello, Baba Isreal, Dafnis Prieto Absolute Quintet, Avishai Cohen (the trumpet player), Omer Avital, Dana Leong, Yosvany Terry Cabrera, Pharaoh's Daughter, Forro in the Dark, Anat Cohen, Luisito Quintero, Malika Zarra, Juancho Herrera, and with his own groups the AB AETERO TRIO, NOW VS. NOW, PROGRESS REPORT, the JL-ECTRIK, BIG PUMP and the JASON LINDNER BIG BAND. He has also recorded with and MD'd for Lauryn Hill and Amel Larrieux, toured with Roy Haynes, performed with and arranged for Arturo O'Farrill's Grammy winning Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Orchestra, and shared both stage and studio with Chick Corea, Junior Cook, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Hendricks, James Moody, Graciella (Machito Orchestra), Mark Turner, Lou Donalson, Dakota Staton, Randy Brecker, Arnie Lawrence, Jimmy Lovelace, Jimmy Cobb, Lou Donalson, The Henry Mancini Orchestra, Mark Turner, Christian McBride, Clark Gayton, Clarence "C" Sharpe, Vernel Fournier, and other artists. Jason Lindner also teaches internationally.
"...one of the most impressive big bands to emerge in years...filled with declarative themes,
recurring motifs and varying temperaments that range from elegant balladry to body-rocking
grooves." - Jazz Times Magazine