Biography / Info
Jason Branscum is a composer, trombonist, bass player, trumpeter, keyboard player, and arranger.
Jason was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Jason developed a passion for motown, rock, and hip-hop music throughout his teen years and was tipped over the edge when he discover the jazz and funk from the bars in Dayton. Living in the "Land of Funk," it was easy for Jason to brush shoulders on a regular basis with the men who wrote the funk tunes that were sampled in the hip-hop music with which he had grown up.
Since moving to Columbus, Jason has performed in Europe, ten states and Washington D.C. He has recorded, toured, or shared the stage with Slave, The Hughes Corporation, Dr. John, Jonathan Nelson, Sugarfoot and Marshall Jones of the Ohio Players, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Gladys Knight, Rick James's Stone City Band, Al Wilson, William "Boots" Vaughn of Isaac Hayes's Movement, Craig McMullen of Curtis Mayfield's Superfly Band, Lewis Johnson, and Roy Hargrove. Additionally, he has shared a bill with Dwele, Zapp, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Carl Carlton, Groove Collective, T.S. Monk, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, The Mary Jane Girls, REO Speedwagon, Tiempo Libre, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Midnight Star.
Under his own leadership, Jason has led a number of interesting ensembles including jazz groups that range from polished dinner music perfect for restaurants or private events to challenging avant-garde performance. Outside of this, he has also led the bands, metalbaby, Pooma, and Children. These ensembles each had a healthy life with a period of popularity despite their ability to challenge the listener. Currently, Jason is focusing his efforts on producing jazz music that is appropriate for the needs of each client.
Jason has taught at a number of institutions including Music Royale and Music and Arts in addition to in-school presentations with a variety of ensembles. At this time, he has a small studio of audition-only students and is not actively pursing any more educational work.