Plays: Piano, Keyboard
Jim Jasion has been involved with jazz piano in one capacity or another since 1955 when, at age 4, he was enthralled
by the sounds of ragtime coming out of his neighbor’s player piano. During his youth, Jim took classical instruction
at school and then privately with Toni Chekay. At Rutgers, he studied with Wanda Maximilien, who encouraged him to explore
and compose from his jazz side as well as mentoring his development as a performer of European Classical Music. This
resulted in the composition of some 28 original piano pieces within the Ragtime and Stride piano idiom.
Jim is a scholar and researcher of early Jazz Dance Band
Music and how that music morphed into the immensely polished and popular music of the Swing Era. He has studied jazz
with Morris Nanton, and currently corresponds with pianist Noah Baerman in order to continue his development as a jazz musician
and to deepen his understanding of the music.
Jim has been a member of Big Band Express, a local Swing band, for 10 years, is piano accompanist to vocalist Janet
Villas and has played many public and private gigs as a jazz pianist and keyboardist.
In 2003, Jim founded the Jazz Groove Jam Sessions at the Sanctuary Coffeehouse
in Somerville which has grew from a Traditional and Legacy Jazz endeavor into the current, multi-genre Somerset Jazz Consortium.
Most recently, he begun to compose original
material for the Consortium.
Jim mentors aspiring
jazz performers and listeners of all ages.
Click Here for Jim's comments on the music that is his passion and the musicians who create that music, famous or
Jim's Sound & Video Library:
Click Here to see and hear performers who have influenced Jim and who he feels is worth a listen to grow his jazz abilities
and the abilities of those around him. Also some obscure recording curiosities.