Teaches: Guitar, Bass & Mandolin
Teaching Philosophy: I feel Harvey Reid summed it up with the following quote: “It’s my belief that students should have a firm foundation in enjoying themselves and expressing themselves with their guitars before they embark on any rigorous study of the instrument. There are many in the academic guitar world who feel oppositely; that a person should have a firm foundation in scales, arpeggios and exercises before they begin to play music. I would like to arm-wrestle these people over this issue.”
Greatest Music Influences: Bill Monroe, Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice, J.S. Bach, and countless others
When I’m not making music: I’m engineering records at Acadia Recording Company, hiking trails and peaks, working as a volunteer with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club
Current Music Projects: Lead guitar in “A Band Beyond Description” (Grateful Dead cover band), Flatpick guitar in “My 2nd Rodeo” and “The Long Gone Wanderers” (Bluegrass quartets), electric and upright bass for King Day & his New Imperials (Jump Blues and Swing)
Favorite place in Maine: Baxter State Park
Jason’s first live show was at the age of 12, playing electric guitar with a local blues/rock band. Since then he has made his living as a performer, teacher and audio engineer in a wide range of styles and ensembles. Jason spent several years on the road both as a performer and as a live sound engineer. He produced a number of records back in the days of analog recording. He was a co-founder of 317 Main and served as Music Director (and chief, cook and bottle washer) for many years and has taught literally thousands of private and group lessons. Jason was a founding member of “Jerks Of Grass” performing thousands of gigs with the local bluegrass quartet.
At the age of 30, Jason discovered his new passion – hiking and went on to complete all 67 of New England’s 4000-footers. In 2012, he hiked the entire 2663 mile Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from the Mexican Border to the Canadian Border. Upon his return, he joined the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and maintains a section of the trail and is the editor of the club’s newsletter. In 2015, Jason became the 27th person to “red-line” aka – hike all 1440 miles of trail described in the AMC’s “White Mountain Guide”.
He returned to the world of recording a few years ago, and now works as an engineer at Acadia Recording Company in Portland, ME. Jason joined local Grateful Dead cover band “A Band Beyond Description” and feels blessed to get to perform with such a talented group of musicians.
Jason is excited to return to 317 after taking a needed hiatus from teaching and is thrilled to be back in the house he helped to build so many years ago.