Jasen Weaver has woven himself into local music education, from his own musical upbringing to his teaching projects. Jazz studies has been more than a hobby: it’s been a career for this astounding bassist, whose finesse with an upright is awe-inspiring.
Weaver performs with progressive jazz group The Session, where his solos flourish and expand while venturing headfirst into the complexities of this evolving genre. He’s contributing to the young, up-and-coming musical force that has blossomed in New Orleans, especially over the past decade, and is building upon his craft through studying and teaching day by day.
: Jasen Weaver began studying the double bass at the age of 11. He first received training at a program called the New Orleans String Project. From there, he joined the string orchestra at Lusher Extension Middle School and was accepted into the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO).
By age 14, Weaver was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts’ jazz program, and was also promoted to co-principal of the symphony division of GNOYO. Since then, he has been privileged to play with many great musicians on the New Orleans jazz scene, including Donald Harrison, Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell, Jason Marsalis, Jesse McBride, and Leah Chase, among others. Jasen is currently attending the University of New Orleans on a full scholarship as a Jazz Studies major, and plans to continue performing and teaching upon graduation.
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