Jay Mason attended CSU, Long Beach, playing lead alto and soprano saxophone in that school’s top-rated wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and orchestra. In 1981 he was a featured soloist at the North American Saxophone Alliance national convention, and in 1983 a saxophone quartet in which he played soprano saxophone was a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. After graduation Jay started his freelance music career. He has performed with artists like Peter Erskine, Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, The San Diego Symphony, Kenny Rogers, Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa Manchester, Donny Osmond, Johnny Mathis, Robert Goulet, and Andy Williams, to name a few. He also performs as a member of the orchestras at the Ahmanson Theatre and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Along with the Big Phat Band he is currently a featured performer with the Bill Elliot Swing Orchestra, The American Winds and the Long Beach Municipal Band.
The artists Jay has recorded with include John Lithgow, Take 6, Eddie Daniels, Lorraine Feather and Michael Feinstein. Motion picture credits include “The Paper,” “Aladdin King of Thieves,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Payback” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Television credits include “Belle’s Magical Stories,” “The Howie Mandel Show,” “Dragon Tales,” “The Muppets Show,” “Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story,” several Warner Bros. cartoons and many commercials for both television and radio.
Jay is a member of the faculty at California State University, Long Beach and is active as a clinician and guest artist throughout the country.
For more info on Jay please visit www.jaymasonmusic.com.