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Jim Jasion's Somerset Jazz Consortium

Jazz Trio from South River, NJ - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$200 - $2100 per event
The Somerset Jazz Consortium is actually a network of about 40-60 playing Jazz musicians situated in Central NJ. This network is my resource pool for musicians I select for the group I lead on a given gig. The network grew out of a series of regular jam sessions which started in 2003. We have been playing out since 2004 and have the versatility of performing as soloists ( piano or guitar ) duos, trios, quartets, etc. on up to septets with 3 front line horns ( sax, trumpet, trombone ) with up to a full rhythm section of piano, drums, upright or electric bass and guitar. We play classic Straight-Ahead Mainstream Jazz, Bebop and Hard Bop, (NO KENNY G "SMOOTH OR COOL JAZZ!") as well as Bossas and Sambas. We also have some Fusion and Funk numbers we play regularly. And we've even done gigs calling for New Orleans and Chicago Style Traditional Jazz. Showcasing our soloists, we have 3 other on the roster besides myself in case I can't make it to my own gig due to day job constraints and schedule changes. All of them can play the Progressive Jazz repertoire. We also have one pianist who is a Samba ans Bossa Nova Specialist. I myself also play Stride piano and even when called for, Classic Ragtime. Our guitarists can all handle a long list of standards and some can re-harmonize them in a current Post Bebop harmonic conception as well. In short, we offer a buffet of jazz styles and sub-genres. While we have played a few Rock numbers on gigs if specially requested, our main Forte is Jazz. Finally, a word on vocals. We have 3 female vocalists we work with, one of whom, Janet Villas, is on Gigmasters. We have backed her on numerous occasions with ensembles of varying sizes.

Having spent a number of years jamming and honing our skills on tunes from the 3 Real Books, our players are all familiar with the same repertoire. We have a large roster of players for each instrument at our disposal.
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Please note Jim Jasion's Somerset Jazz Consortium will also travel to East Brunswick, Peapack, Brookside, Sayreville, Ironia, Liberty Corner, Lyons, Milltown, Mount Freedom, Pottersville, Highland Park, New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Oldwick, Parlin, Pleasantville, Pluckemin, Spotswood, Convent Station, Edison, Helmetta, Morristown, North Brunswick, Schooleys Mountain, South Amboy, Dover, Keasbey, Whitehouse, Cliffwood, Fords.
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