Jason was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was partially named after his late uncle Alan Wilson of the band Canned Heat. Jason was soon traveling to concerts (on his mom’s back) and listening to Jimmy Cliff, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Leo Kottke, Rolling Stones, and Canned Heat records. At the age of 5 his family moved to Maui and his mother started his formal training on the piano. After 6 years of classical training, his parents bought him a keyboard (Juno-106) and has been pretty much self-taught ever since...
Over his formative years Jason listened to music constantly including Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Reggae, Blues, Jazz, New-Orleans, and Funk grooves; piano players such as Chuck Leavell, Professor Longhair, Gregg Rolie, Keith Godchaux, Oscar Peterson, David Maxwell, Gene Harris, and Eddie Harsch. Relying on a great ear and keen musical intuition, Jason developed relative pitch as well as a penchant for remembering chords.
After college, Jason started playing with Blues bands in Boston area bands trying to eke out a living. He was very lucky to have been mentored by the highly acclaimed Blues pianist David Maxwell (Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Freddie King). The handful of lessons from David really helped him move to the next level. After a small tour of the West Coast and a couple months in Key West, word soon spread of his talents and a band called the Black Creek Band (Tallahassee, FL) flew him in for an audition. They hired him to move down South where he immediately started playing professionally. After touring the Southern circuit for a year, Jason moved to Athens, GA where he has resided ever since.
He started an original band, King Daddy Zeb, and released an album called Get the People Together. There was enough interest around Athens that he decided to be a hired-gun rather than to play with only one band. He started playing with anyone and everyone and soon made a name for himself as one of the best Rock/Blues pianists in the Southeast… it's no wonder he has been referred to as "Athens' piano man" and "the most sought-after sideman in Athens" by Flagpole Magazine.
Jason has made a career out of touring the Southeast and throughout the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii). He's done multiple tours of Italy, and also played in Mexico and Bermuda. Noted highlights include selling out Red Rocks and the Fillmore (with Ween), playing on Lake Como in Italy, and playing on the inaugural Jam Cruise! He has played at the Georgia Theatre (Athens’ finest, best sounding, and most kick-ass music venue) over 140 times and has recorded on over 35 albums.
Jason’s most recent original recording is an EP titled GrooveHitLatinBluesFunk. It was recorded with Snap!, an all-star line up including David Yoke (Susan Tedeschi, Dr. John), Carlton Owens (Cracker), and Stephen Spivey. The EP brings 5 distinct musical styles together and shows a versatility not found in most records.
He continues to play venues, theaters, bars, solo shows, privates, weddings, corporate events, back yards, boats…