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Jason Camelio

2015sidebar"Jason Camelio may not always be the tallest person in the room, but based on my relationship with him as his friend and colleague and business partner since 1996 I can easily confirm that he will be everything good and right and decent and intelligent and kind and generous and wise and experienced and helpful and techno-savvy and talented and brilliant and musical and artistic and creative and inventive and imaginative and gracious and trustworthy and honest and witty and comical and dedicated and smart and knowledgeable and devoted and accommodating and resourceful and reliable and fair and loyal and hard-working and respectful and honorable and humane and understanding and just generally great to be around that a human being can be." - Hal Crook

Jason Camelio is a composer, arranger, songwriter, trombonist, guitarist and global educational program developer. He leads his jazz octet Bending Dogma; co-founded the Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band (BBEBB), a jazz composers' workshop big band; and is a guitarist and songwriter in the rock group DÚBH ("This is DÚBH" released October 2016). The BBEBB, the Fenway Brass Art Orchestra (for which he also was the co-director), Phil Wilson's Rainbow Band, Greg Hopkin's Concert Jazz Orchestra and the Big Band of the National Conservatory of Music - Dominican Republic have performed his original compositions and arrangements.

As a trombonist, Jason performs on many recording sessions, at festivals and in various concerts around the globe. Events at which he has performed ranged from those in other countries, such as the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, Hue Festival (Vietnam) and Panama Jazz Festival, to those Stateside, including Clearwater Jazz Festival, Beantown Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Vineyard Vibes, San Jose Jazz Festival, Tri-C Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Water in Rockport, ME and still others.

He also has performed with artists and groups such as Kimo William's Kimotion, Creative Ensemble Collective (featuring Donny McCaslin and Jeff Taylor), Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra (JCA), Eguie Castrillo and His Orchestra, Fernando Huergo Big Band, Ryles Jazz Orchestra, Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra, Boston Horns Big Band, Boston University Big Band, Picante Salsa, Impacto Latino, Puerto Rico Latin Sound and more.

Recordings on which he has played include Mike MacAllister's "Finder's Keepers;” Christine Fawson's "Happy Talk,” featuring Phil Wilson; Berklee College of Music’s “60th Anniversary Faculty Composers Series;” Danilo Perez’s "The Panama Suite”; Stephen Webber's “Stylus Symphony;” Dweezil Zappa's “Via Zammata’;” a soon-to-be-released recording by Bob Pilkington, “Concerto for Jazz Orchestra;” his original work and more.

As the director of global initiatives at Berklee College of Music, Jason works with a range of creative and passionate people from educational, business and government entities; developing opportunities for skilled, talented and motivated young musicians to reach their career goals. This work takes Jason around the world working with top music institutions, music festivals and artists.

Jason Camelio is the embodiment of the highest professional standards, a creator and innovator, and most importantly a great human being.” – Damien Bracken (Higher Education Professional)

"I have known Jason Camelio for nearly 20 years, and I find him to be one of the most versatile, resourceful and knowledgeable people I know at Berklee." - Rick Peckham (Artist)

"Jason inspired and help me become the professional I am today.” – Nannette Velez (Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation)

"He is global minded.” – Charles Kim (SillyMann)

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