Sonya Jason

Jazz - Standards - Popular - Latin Jazz - R & B - Brazilian
Bay Music and Entertainment performer

Yamaha Artist, saxophonist Sonya Jason, is an internationally acclaimed recording artist and an award-winning composer. Best known for her all original Warner Music Discovery release, Tigress, her accessible, passionate style of contemporary jazz has made a huge splash on radio stations worldwide and garnered rave reviews from the media. More than two dozen music recordings have featured her saxophone work, including three releases as solo artist.

A summa cum laude graduate of the distinguished Berklee College of Music in Boston, Sonya has led her own bands in thousands of live performances worldwide. She has appeared at more than 50 music festivals including the Golden Jubilee International Jazz Festival in Bangkok where she played for the King of Thailand. In addition, she has been a featured soloist with a variety of other artists, such as the funky Brothers Johnson, big band trumpeter Ray Anthony, The Meters drummer Joseph Ziggy Modeliste, singing actress Debbie Reynolds and many more.

Sonya currently resides on the Coastside south of San Francisco where she has developed a thriving music teaching studio, conducts music clinics at local schools and has created a popular series of ongoing Jazz Workshops, all while remaining active as a performer and recording artist.

More than two dozen music recordings including three as solo artist:
Tigress (Warner Music Discovery) * The Supper Club (Sugo Music/Tambourine) Secret Lover (Saja Productions)

Recorded with:
Shiela E. * Yellowjackets Jimmy Haslip * Temptations *Louis Price * Santanas Jorge Santana, Karl Perazzo, Benny Rietvald , Raul Rekow and Greg Errico * The Tonight Shows Vicki Randle * Grant Geissman * Pete Escovedo * Irish Rovers Will Millar * Eric Rigler * Alphonso Johnson * Luis Conte * Vinnie Colaiuta * Chester Thompson * Michael ONeill * John Pena * David Goldblatt * Joe Heredia * Munyungo Jackson * Tollack Ollestad * Kevin Ricard * Ciro Hurtado * Bill Cunliffe * David Garfield * John Beasley * John Santos * Linda Tillery * Deuces Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling * Perla Batalla * Joyce Cooling * Michael Ruff * Chris Camozzi * Ali Khan Band * Christopher Lukert * Misha Segal * Marcos Loya * Monalisa Young * Peter Horvath * Stan Keiser * Jorge (George) Bermudez * and many more…

Over 4000 live performances worldwide.
Performed with:
The Brothers Johnson * The Meters Joseph Ziggy Modeliste * Ray Anthony * Narada Michael Walden * Tower of Powers Herman Matthews, Mic Gillette, Ron E. Beck, Bill Churchville and Norbert Stachel * Debbie Reynolds * Monica Mancini * Maureen McGovern * Barry Manilow * Shirley MacClaine * Mary Tyler Moore * Rose Marie * Carol Channing * Dick Van Dyke * The Rippingtons Kim Stone and Steve Bailey * Rob Mullins * Ray Obiedo * Mindi Abair * Braxton Brothers Nelson Braxton * Santanas Jorge Santana, Karl Perazzo and Raul Rekow * Pete Escovedo * The Tonight Shows Vicki Randle * Exposes Kelly Moneymaker * Stevan Pasero * Linda Tillery * Deuces Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling * Mimi Fox * Roger Glenn * Francine Reed * Chris Camozzi * Freddie Ravel * Pamela Rose * Bill Cantos * Rebecca Coupe Franks * Glenn Walters * Anthony Paule * Michelle Sell * Roger Neumann * and many, many more…

Opening Act for:
Earth Wind and Fire * Ramsey Lewis * Smokey Robinson * Natalie Cole * Lionel Hampton * Lou Rawls * Pastor Shirley Caesar * Tom Scott * Stanley Clarke/George Duke Project * Mose Allison * Grover Washington, Jr. * Sergio Mendez * Diane Schuur * Spyro Gyra * David Sanborn * Manhattan Transfers Janis Siegel * Chuck Berry * Tower of Power * K.C. and the Sunshine Band * Dave Valentin * Jeff Lorber * Bobby Caldwell * Richard Marx * Bryan White * Rita Rudner * Paula Poundstone

Festival Appearances:
More than 50 festivals including —
Golden Jubilee International Jazz Festival, Bangkok THAILAND
Cervantino International Festival of Music and Art, Mexico City MEXICO
Green Festival, Hiroshima JAPAN
Southern California Jazz Festival, Irvine CA
San Jose Jazz Festival, San Jose CA
Phoenix Jazz Festival, Phoenix AZ
Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, Santa Barbara CA
Jazz on the Hill Festival, San Mateo CA
Scottsdale Fine Arts Festival, Scottsdale AZ
Peacock Jazz Festival, Glendale AZ
Old Town Tempe Festival of the Arts, Tempe AZ
Best of Phoenix Festival, Phoenix AZ

Benefit Concerts:
Over 30 benefits including —
The GRAMMY Foundation Concert Mavericks in Music — celebrating the contributions of trailblazing women in music
Thalians Ball 1999 and 2000, hosted by Debbie Reynolds — for Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
Women of Taste 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005 — for Girls Incorporated of Alameda County
Sunset Magazine Garden Concert Series — for the Ronald McDonald House at the Lucille Salter Packard Childrens Hospital
World Summit for Children Candlelight Vigil — for childrens rights
A Window Between Worlds — for battered women and children of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Womens Police Officer Association (LAWPOA) Jazz Benefit — for Lupus Foundation of America
A Night for Sight Benefit — for the Lions Club for Arizonas sight impaired
Taste 90 and 94 — for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Phoenix
National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) Pierfest — for youth music programs
L.A. Zoo Benefit Concert Series — for the Los Angeles Zoo
Black and White Event — for the Long Beach Symphony
KSBR 88.5 FM Birthday Bash Benefit — for public radio
Thousands of additional live performances at Performing Arts Centers, Jazz Clubs, Hotels and Wineries since 1985.

Yamaha Corporation of America for alto saxophones and midi wind controller
Hollywood Winds/Unison for curved soprano saxophones
Telex Communications for wireless microphones

Claude Lakey for saxophone mouthpieces

Awards and Acknowledgments:
ASCAP Popular Music Award for Original Compositions
Yamaha Corporation of America — selected as Roster Artist
Arizona Commission on the Arts — selected as Roster Artist
Downbeat Magazine Spotlights Deserving Young Musicians
Phil Woods Scholarship to Berklee College of Music
Phoenix Federation of Musicians Young Sounds of Arizona Program
18 Awards for Outstanding Musicianship from such institutions as the International
Association for Jazz Education (IAJE)

Professional Societies:
The Recording Academy — voting member since 1991
American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) — member since 1989
American Federation of Musicians — member since 1985

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