Jason Goldman

Senior Lecturer

Division: Contemporary Music
Program: Jazz Studies

Expertise: Jazz Studies
Instrument: Alto Saxophone
Phone: (213) 740-3119
Email: jmgjazz@aol.com
Office: PIC 129

Biography

Jason Goldman has gained prominence as a saxophonist, composer and producer in the fields of popular music and jazz. Jason was selected by multi-Grammy winning producer/songwriter David Foster to be the featured saxophone soloist for Warner Bros./Reprise recording artist Michael Bublé, with whom he has toured extensively.

Goldman has performed all over the world and has performed with musicians from various genres including Queen Latifah, Wayne Newton, Chris Isaak, Michael Feinstein, and Producers JR Rotem and David Foster. He has also performed with legendary jazz icons Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, and Wayne Shorter.

Besides being a noted performer, Jason has arranged for some true heavy weights in the music industry including David Foster, Michael Bublé, Herbie Hancock, and Clay Aiken to name a few. Goldman’s most noted arrangements of the songs Smile, Mack The Knife, and Let It Snow are featured on three of Bublé’s CD’s that have exceeded platinum status world wide.

Goldman’s most recent achievements have been as a music producer and songwriter. His production company, Spicy G Productions, music has been heard on MTV, ABC, and across the net.

Currently, Jason is the President and Artistic Director of the nonprofit Young Musicians Project. Well known as a prominent educator, Goldman is a faculty member at the University of Southern California, and ASCAP composer-in-residence/Director of Jazz at the LA County High School for the Arts. He is also an education consultant for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Faculty Coordinator for the Grammy foundation’s Grammy Camp.


Professional experience

Career Highlights:

  • Performances with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Anthony Wilson
  • Performances with Chris Isaak, Michael Feinstein, Wayne Newton, Paul Anka, Reneé Olstead
  • Arrangements for legendary multi-grammy winning producer David Foster
  • Arranger for Warner Bros/Reprise recording artist Michael Bublé

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

  • Winner of the 2005 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award
  • Winner of the 2001 IAJE/ASCAP Commission honoring Dr. Billy Taylor
  • Nominated for The Coca-Cola Company/NFAA’s Distinguished Teachers in the Arts program in 2003
  • Accepted to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz’s Performance Program 2000-2001, artistic director Terence Blanchard
  • Accepted to the BMI New York Jazz workshop 1997 directed by Jim McNeely & Manny Albam

Music Festivals:

Performances at:

  • North Sea Jazz Festival
  • Kennedy Center
  • Montreal Jazz Festival
  • Tri-C Jazz Festival
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Recordings:

  • Saxophonist & arranger on Michael Bublé’s Come Fly With Me (DVD & CD), Warner Bros./Reprise, 2004
  • Arranger on Michael Bublé’s Caught In The Act, Warner Bros./Reprise, 2005
  • The Definitive Standard – The Jason Goldman Nonet, JMGjazz, 2001
  • Summa Cum Jazz – The Jason Goldman Jazz Orchestra, BMG, 1996

Compositions:

  • That’s “A” Duck, winner of the 2005 ASCAP Young Composers Award
  • Catch Me If You Can, winner of the 2001 IAJE/ASCAP Commission honoring Dr. Billy Taylor
  • Smile, arranged for Michael Bublé’s Caught In The Act CD
  • Mack The Knife, arranged for Michael Bublé’s Come Fly With Me CD

Academic degrees

  • MM, University of Southern California
  • BM, Berklee College of Music

Other academic experience:

Advanced performance certificate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Studied with:

Terence Blanchard, Bobby Watson, Jim McNeely, Manny Albam