Paul McCartney asked him to play bass on his record date!
A session giant who excels in every genre, Neil Jason’s place in bass history would be secure if it had begun and ended with his remarkable artistry on the Brecker Brothers’ live masterpiece Heavy Metal Be-Bop (1978). A former member of the Saturday Night Live Band (1983-85) and deputy for Will Lee with Paul Schaffer’s World’s Most Dangerous Band and the CBS Orchestra, Mr. Jason has also distinguished himself as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer.
Neil’s body of work is as expansive as it is stylistically diverse, encompassing seminal sides and concert dates by Diana Ross, Don Cherry (Hear & Now), Harry Chapin, David Sanborn, John McLaughlin, Roxy Music (Flesh & Blood), Nils Lofgren, John Lennon (Milk & Honey), Cyndi Lauper (She’s So Unusual), Billy Joel, Peter Criss, Gene Simmons, Mick Jagger, Sir Paul (Press To Play), Grace Slick, Harvey Mason Jr., David Johansen, Aldo Nova, Janis Ian, Gato Barbieri, Bryan Ferry, Michael Franks, Deodato, and Carly Simon to cite a very select few.
As reported by Frank Beacham, Neil once proclaimed from the stage of the P & G Bar in New York City “how hard can it be, it’s only four strings!”