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Jason Tiemann

University of Louisville in Appied Jazz Percussion
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“Jason Tiemann is a musician’s drummer – listening, checking, pushing and supporting while he plays – using his rare instincts to make the music happen.” These are the words of bassist John Goldsby (WDR Big Band) and one of many ways to describe Jason Tiemannn’s drumming. Born into a musical family, Jason Tiemann has always been surrounded by music. He studied piano from the age of seven with his mother and participated in every musical opportunity through has church where his father was the director of music. Music was greatly appreciated in his home where there were seemingly no boundaries regarding style and preference. As a result, Jason was nurtured in ways which manifested themselves in a curious and very open mind regarding the arts. He began playing percussion in his school band programs during his adolescent years and continued to refine his skills in the band and orchestras throughout high school. Upon graduation, he studied music formally at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. It was there that his passion for playing drums transformed into a vital component of what his future would hold. He developed the skills that would be necessary to see his dream of playing and teaching professionally as a reality.

Upon leaving Lexington, Jason moved to Louisville, KY where he began to establish a network of relationships that would allow him to continue his journey on the musical path. While in Louisville he began to work with vibraphonist, Dick Sisto at the Seelbach Jazz Bar. This is where he first played with jazz luminaries such as saxophonists David Liebman and Pat LaBarbera, bassist Gene Perla, pianist Kenny Werner as well as countless others. It was just a matter of time before he met and associated with the world renowned jazz educator, Jamey Aebersold. In 1998 Jason became as artist/clinician for the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshops and began to widen the scope of his network. His association with Jamey Aebersold and the summer jazz workshops paved the trail which led to him being considered for the applied jazz drumset instructor position at the University of Louisville where he has been since 2002. Jason has performed and conducted clinics extensively throughout the United States, Europe and South America.

As a freelance jazz musician, Jason has performed in a vast and varied array of musical situations from the avant-garde to the modern big band as well as the mainstream and progressive jazz to the rock and roll. Over the years he has performed and/or recorded with veteran jazz musicians such as James Moody, Randy Brecker, Joanne Brackeen, Dick Oatts, Norah Jones, Mose Allison, Rich Perry, Rufus Ried, Jean-Michel Pilc, the Benny Goodman Orchestra and others in virtually every prominent jazz venue throughout the Midwest and East Coast including the world famous Blue Note in New York City as well as the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, IL.

Jason has lived in Louisville for over a decade with his loving wife, Tessa and their three boys; Elliot, Asher and Isaac.