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Jazz Faculty: Elliot Mason

Born in England, trombonist Elliot Mason began trumpet lessons with his father at age four, switching to trombone at age seven.

In 1994, Mr. Mason won the prestigious Frank Rosolino Award for outstanding trombone performance abilities, and was invited to perform at the International Trombone Workshop. At eighteen, he won the ITW ‘s Under 29 Jazz Trombone competition, as well as the Slide Hampton Award in recognition of outstanding performance abilities from Berklee. After graduating from Berklee in 1996, Mr. Mason moved to New York City, where he distinguished himself as a respected and highly in demand trombone and bass trumpet player.

In 2007, Elliot Mason was invited to become a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, directed by Wynton Marsalis. Mr. Mason has also been a part of Mr. Marsalis’s septet and octet.

While continuing to perform with the JLCO, Mr. Mason co-leads the Mason Brothers Quintet with his brother Brad. In 2010 they recorded their debut album “Two sides, one story” in the Avatar studios, showcasing an all-star line-up including Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley, Dave Kikoski, Joe Locke, Chris Potter and Tim Miller.

Today, Mr. Mason is known to critics as “one of the most important trombone voices of today’s generation,” “setting the bar for jazz trombone,” “bringing innovation, imagination, intelligence, fire and fierce swing to the trombone,” and “one of the most compelling, moving and exhilarating musicians of today.”

Mr. Mason has served as a worldwide clinician, performing workshops and master classes, with the JLCO, the Mason Brothers Quintet, Northwestern University, and B.A.C. Trombones.

Elliot Mason’s career includes performances with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau, and Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra. Mr. Mason has also performed with Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, Jessica Simpson, Queen Latifah, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea, Bobby Hutcherson, Ahmad Jamal, Randy Brecker, Carl Fontana, Bill Watrous, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Joe Zawinul, Mike Stern, Matt Garrison, Antonio Sanchez, Scott Colley, Joe Locke, and Dave Kikoski.