Madison, Wisconsin native Jason Ewald grew up in a musical household, and began honing his rhythmic foundation dancing to Creedence Clearwater Revival records while his father played along on the drums. Before he could legally enter, he would set up outside of Madison’s King Club to listen to Clyde Stubblefield’s (James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’) Monday jam session.
Jason moved to San Francisco in the late ’90s, where he took to the vital jazz scene, playing with numerous groups and delving into straight-ahead and Brazilian styles. After inspiring stays in Brazil and Spain, he also began exploring his own direction as a songwriter and bandleader.
Since arriving in New York City in 2007, Jason has seen his creative growth blossom, fed by the hum of city life and the energy of its inhabitants. His music is inspired by the refined sounds of 70s pop, the greasy soul of Muscle Shoals, the explorations of jazz, and the insistent rhythms of funk and rock.
He has recently written and self-produced two albums, and can be seen performing live with his band EWALD, currently featuring Jason on drums and lead vocals, Jim Saxa on bass, Andreas Arnold on Guitar, and Kevin Bernstein on Keyboards.
“Plays with passion and fire”
–Santa Cruz Weekly
“…drums, guitars and keys in addition to lead and background vocals – that’s SICK, man! One person ain’t supposed to have that much talent.”
– Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos
“Jason is my favorite kind of musician. Whether he is singing, drumming, strumming, or banging on bar stools…he is always serving the song, never serving himself. He’s also got pocket for days!”
– Jazz drummer Allison Miller