Brooklyn-born pianist and keyboardist Jason Lindner “ranks among the finest all-around pianist/composers of his generation” (Time Out New York) and has been hailed by Chick Corea as a “musical universe!” Lindner has a style uniquely his own which draws largely from New York’s unlimited variety of culture from around the world, while retaining an intensely urban feel. His current focus is his super-trio, Now vs. Now.Lindner began composing, arranging and performing in the late 80’s while attending Music and Art High School in his home town of NYC. He honorably apprenticed under “keeper of the bebop flame” Dr. Barry Harris and further with harmonic genius Chris Anderson (Herbie Hancock’s harmonic teacher). JL regularly performed with elders of the NY jazz community like Jimmy Lovelace and John Coltrane’s protege, Jimmy Vass. He simultaneously attended Mannes College of Music and the legendary NYC community theater establishment The University of the Streets.
His musical palette widened to include salsa and hip hop before founding “the rare big band that could withstand the peeling away of all its horns and reveal a superb rhythm section at its heart.” (Ben Ratlif, NY Times). The Jason Lindner Big Band drew steady sold-out crowds weekly at Smalls for almost 10 years, releasing their studio debut on Chick Corea’s Stretch label, and their live follow-up double-disc on Anzic (JazzTimes’ Best of 2007).
JL also led smaller groups before releasing the BBC-broadcasted quartet album “Live/UK” (2004 Sunnyside) and the globally-explorative trio album “Ab Aeterno” (2006 Fresh Sound/World Jazz) – both featuring Lindner’s musical counterpart, Omer Avital.
Lindner gained considerable training playing supporting roles for Claudia Acuña (long-time musical director/keyboardist), Me’shell Ndegeocello, and Lauryn Hill (short-lived musical director/keyboardist/arranger). His current supporting roles include the Proverb Trio (by Grammy-nominated Cuban drum virtuoso Dafnis Prieto), the (4x-winner of the JJA’s “Clarinet Player of the Year” Award) Anat Cohen Quartet, and (the pan-Balkan-fusion group) the New York Gypsy All-Stars.
Jason Lindner has also performed with Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Paul Simon, Junior Cook, Elvin Jones, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Hendricks, James Moody, Graciela, Mark Turner, blues legend Dakota Staton, and many others. He has also arranged pieces for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Orchestra and the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra.
In 2009 Lindner surprised critics with the release of Jason Lindner Gives You Now vs. Now (anzic), produced by Me’shell Ndegeocello and mixed by Bob Power (Tribe Called Quest, Roots, Erica Badu). It was the culmination of years of experimentation in the NY underground scene – searching for the right vehicle to reveal new compositions, a hard-driving rhythmic approach, sonic exploration, and raw go-for-broke performance. To some, this seemed an extreme departure form the big band. But Now vs. Now is increasingly popular among youth culture and is Lindner’s current touring band – with Panagiotis Andreou (bass) and Mark Guiliana (drms).
Ever-evolving, Jason Lindner is cultivating yet another project, Breeding Ground – an ultra-modern large ensemble driven by Now vs. Now, featuring vocalist Jeff Taylor, a string quartet and a horn section.
Jason Lindner is the recipient of grants by the Jerome Foundation and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. He is a composer, performer and educator world-wide.
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