Jason Passmore

Woodwinds

Jason Passmore (1974-2017) was a dynamic saxophonist, flutist, and clarinetist, who performed throughout the South. As a composer and musician he specialized in jazz, acoustic and electro-acoustic music. As a composer/arranger, Jason has written or arranged music for various jazz groups and bands that he has been a member. The styles range from jazz to pop, salsa (Latin) and new age (neo—classical) groups. Jason has written original music for similar groups.

As a performer, Jason  played in various ensemble and groups in Atlanta and around the country. He  shared the stage or recorded with many local, national and international artists. He performed with Speech, of Arrested Development, Debbie Gibson, The Four Freshman, Lizz Wright, Chris Potter, Scott Wendholt, John Fedchock, Michael Abene, Michael Johnson, Julie Dexter, Ronnie Cuber and many others. Locally, Jason performed in the majority of the clubs and festivals in Atlanta, including the Atlanta Jazz Festival (1998-2008, various groups) and the Atlanta Montreaux Music festival. He  had the opportunity to perform in various Latin, R&B, rock and electronic bands. Jason performed in various chamber groups, including theatre productions of "Groucho Marx", “Jekyll and Hyde”, “Grease” and "A Grand Night for Singing", all productions on flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone. He also performed with the Cobb and Rome Symphony Orchestras.

Jason received his Bachelors and Masters of Music from Georgia State University in 1998 and 2000. During his studies at Georgia State University, Jason received the “Friends of Rick Bell” Jazz Scholarship and a graduate assistantship for Spring 2000. His duties included jazz combo instruction and gave various lectures on jazz history and pedagogy. Jason also performed as baritone saxophone soloist with the Georgia State University Wind Ensemble performing David Maslanka’s “Hell’s Gate” for saxophone trio and wind ensemble.

His performance studies: He studied saxophone and flute with accomplished Atlanta saxophonists Sam Skelton and Robert Haley. Jason studied jazz with Gordon Vernick, Gary Motley and other local jazz artists. He also studied clarinet with Les Nichols and Alexander Kirkhosky .

Jason has studied theory and orchestration with Dr. John Nelson, Dr. Charles Knox, B.J. Southerlin, Dr. Susan Tepping and Dr.Geoffrey Haden. He studied composition and arranging with Ted Howe, Pete Lyngell, Daniel Morietti, Jerry Gates and David Frackenpohl. Jason also studied music production with Dr. Robert Scott Thompson.

When he wasn't performing, Jason served the students of Cobb County, GA as a private woodwind instructor and as a music teacher. Jason was also an adjunct faculty member at Georgia Perimeter College teaching Jazz History and Music Appreciation.

R.I.P. Brother.

 

 

 



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