Sonya Jason

Sonya Jason
Sonya Jason


recording artist – performer
composer – arranger – producer
band leader – studio musician

alto saxophone
soprano saxophone
sopranino saxophone
flute – clarinet – keyboard
Yamaha WX5 midi wind controller

Nearly 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 * Santana’s Jorge Santana, Karl Perazzo, Benny Rietvald , Raul Rekow and Greg Errico * The Tonight Show’s Vicki Randle * Grant Geissman * Pete Escovedo * Irish Rovers’ Will Millar * Eric Rigler * Alphonso Johnson * Luis Conte * Vinnie Colaiuta * Chester Thompson * Michael O’Neill * John Pena * David Goldblatt * Joe Heredia * Munyungo Jackson * Tollack Ollestad * Kevin Ricard * Ciro Hurtado * Bill Cunliffe * David Garfield * John Beasley * John Santos * Linda Tillery * Deuce’s 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…

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Over 3500 live performances worldwide.

Performed with:
The Brothers Johnson * The Meters’ Joseph “Ziggy” Modeliste * Ray Anthony * Tower of Power’s Herman Matthews, Mic Gillette and Norbert Stachel * Debbie Reynolds * Maureen McGovern * Barry Manilow * Shirley MacClaine * Mary Tyler Moore * Rose Marie * Carol Channing * Dick Van Dyke * The Rippington’s Kim Stone and Steve Bailey * Rob Mullins * Ray Obiedo * Braxton Brothers’ Nelson Braxton * Santana’s Jorge Santana, Karl Perazzo and Raul Rekow * Pete Escovedo * The Tonight Show’s Vicki Randle * Expose’s Kelly Moneymaker * Stevan Pasero * Linda Tillery * Deuce’s 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 * Tom Scott * Stanley Clarke/George Duke Project * Mose Allison * Grover Washington, Jr. * Sergio Mendez * Spyro Gyra * David Sanborn * Manhattan Transfer’s 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 —
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 and 2002 — for Girls Incorporated of Alameda County
Sunset Magazine Garden Concert Series — for the Ronald McDonald House at the Lucille Salter Packard Children’s Hospital
World Summit for Children Candlelight Vigil — for children’s rights
A Window Between Worlds — for battered women and children of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Women’s Police Officer Association (LAWPOA) Jazz Benefit — for Lupus Foundation of America
A Night for Sight Benefit — for the Lion’s Club for Arizona’s 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 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:
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) — voting member since 1991
American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) — member since 1989
American Federation of Musicians — member since 1985

Berklee College of Music, Boston MA
Bachelor’s Degree in Performance and Arranging
graduated summa cum laude 1985
Mills College, Oakland CA
Music Major 1981 – 1983
University of California Berkeley
music program participant 1981 – 1983