Jason Steele is a critically-acclaimed jazz guitarist and composer immersed in the immediate creation of dynamic new music. Steele’s music pulls from a wide range of jazz styles in addition to indie rock and cinematic overtones.
Jason first assembled his jazz and improvisation group, The Jason Steele Ensemble, in 2004 as a medium for his original compositions as well as a showcase for the talents of cutting-edge jazz musicians. The ensemble recorded its renowned debut album – Some Wonderful Moment -with special guests Ron Miles on cornet. Steele currently leads a smaller version of his ensemble, The Jason Steele Quartet, in addition to putting time into his newest project, Messenger Collective. Jason Steele’s Messenger Collective is due to release their debut album, Vol. 1 Wirewalker…Music for Philippe Petit, in early 2013 on the Altered Records.
Occasionally Jason can also be seen performing with his parallel project, Remington 2+2 – a free improv quartet with fellow guitarist Bill Mackay that takes improvisation to the next level by including two “mystery guest players” in each show.
Jason holds a degree in Jazz Composition from the prestigious Chicago College of Performing Arts and has performed alongside many great players such as Charlie Persip, Ron MIles, John Mclean, Mike Smith, and George Lewis. While living in Colorado, Jason also studied under Dale Bruning, former teacher of Bill Frisell.
Jason plays regularly in Chicago at venues such as Martyrs’, The Whistler, Uncommon Ground, and the House of Blues, and has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe – as far reaching as the Montroux Jazz Festival.
Additionally he teaches guitar and piano to a wide range of students. Jason is a creative and empowering instructor, encouraging his students to compose their own music as soon as possible.
Albums released as lead:
“Some Wonderful Moment” - Jason Steele Ensemble, Eyes and Ears Records, 2007
“On This Day” - Jason Steele, Altered Records, 2012
“Vol 1 Wirewalker…Music for Philippe Petit” - Messenger Collective, Altered Records (2013 release)
Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant 2007
Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant 2011
Hutchinson Community College (1996-1998)
Chicago College of the Performing Arts (Bachelors in Jazz Composition)