Jason Klobnak Bio
Jason Klobnak is a versatile trumpet player that has been performing as an active musician, author, clinician, composer and educator. His bands, The Jason Klobnak Quintet/Quartet (JKQ) and J’s Ruckus are made up of high-caliber musicians known for their professionalism and versatility. Denver’s blend of Post-Bop, Soul, Gospel, and Hip-Hop Poetry (J’s Ruckus). They perform infectious and up-lifting originals for audiences hungry for a memorable Jazz experience.
J’s Ruckus will be releasing their first EP, Sermons, in July of 2019. Recorded live in front of a sold out crowd at the Soiled Dove Underground, the EP is based off 5 mini-sermons written years ago by Jason Klobnak to have ready for a just in case moment. Teaming with Tyron Booysen, J’s Ruckus uses a unique way to deliver these messages.
The JKQ released their third full-length album in March of 2018 called Friends & Family. It has been very well reviewed, on numerous Top 10 lists for Jazz radio stations across the country (including Denver’s KUVO 89.3FM which named it May 2018’s CD of the month), and in Jazzweek’s Top 100. Each composition was written for specific family and close friends (that might as well be family). Their second album, New Chapter, was recorded in part thanks to the Pathways to Jazz Grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance. In 2015 and 2016, New Chapter was in the Top 75 on the Jazzweek charts and on the Top 10 playlists for over a dozen radio stations worldwide. Their first album, Mountain, Move made the Best Recordings of 2013 list from AllAboutJazz.com by C. Michael Bailey. His very well reviewed Christmas single, Hark the Herald, in 2016 as part of a creative project with musicians James Roberson and Nathaniel Kearney Jr.
Besides the JKQ, Mr. Klobnak is a B.A.C. (Best American Craftsman-custom trumpet), Denis Wick (mouthpiece and mutes) and Westone Audio endorsed artist (ES20 and Tru Customs). Mr. Klobnak has played and recorded for numerous groups ranging from jazz, soul/R&B, indie-rock/pop and gospel. In addition to performing, he has also written two improvisation-based books called Targeting: Improvisation With Purpose and Breaking the Monotony and is currently an adjunct professor and brass instructor at Arapahoe Community College. Mr. Klobnak holds a bachelor degree from Drake University (Des Moines, IA) and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music (Denver, CO).
Booking and Contact Information
If you have any booking inquiries, please feel free to contact me at the phone number or email address below. I am available for lessons (in person or via Skype), clinics and master classes, solo performances, group performances (with J’s Ruckus, the Jason Klobnak Quintet, the Jason Klobnak Quartet or Trio), studio or arranging work.
Phone: +1 (303) 829-1923
Download the press kit: Download Here
Download Album Artwork: New Chapter Artwork & Liner Notes