Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jasen Weaver is one of the most in demand bassists in the city. When he’s not leading his own sextet, you can find him on the bandstand with notable artists such as Donald Harrison and Jason Marsalis. He is also a regular at some of the most recognized venues in New Orleans such as Preservation Hall, Snug Harbor, and Bacchanal Wine.
A graduate of the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) as well as the University of New Orleans, Jasen was positioned to be an impact player in the music scene from a very young age. While in high school was also a member of the Tipitina’s Internship Program under the tutelage of the great Donald Harrison, whose band he joined years later. Aside from being an active performer, Jasen also gives back to the music community by teaching. He was a student teacher at the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music while in college and is currently a faculty member at the Sanaa Music Workshop.
Jasen has toured in Europe, Australia, South Africa, Honduras, Japan and many cities in the United States. He has played legendary venues such as Yoshi’s (Oakland, CA), The Jazz Showcase (Chicago,IL), The Apollo Theatre (New York, NY), and Ronnie Scott’s (London). He also has made a name for himself as a recording artist having appeared on albums by Dr. John, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jason Marsalis, Jesse McBride, David L. Harris and many more.
As a bandleader, Jasen released his debut album, “The Voscoville” in March 2018 and made his first appearance at the world famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival that same year. He has been featured on Saturday nights at Bacchanal Wine since Fall 2012. Sammy Stein, of Something Else reviews, may have summed it up best: ”Jasen has the authority and privilege to surround himself with talented and also serious musicians. You can hear Monk, maybe Shorter and definitely NOLA in these tracks. More than that, you hear the heart of a young jazz musician who, if this is his first release of his own compositions and arrangements, we are definitely going to be hearing more of.”