Jason Shapiro is a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator in the Philadelphia area. He improvises and composes in a style uniquely his own, a style he describes as “melodic but unpredictable.” With experience playing classical, rock, R and B, musicals, jazz standards and free jazz, his sound is a culmination of his vast influences and experiences as a performer.
Shapiro currently freelances and leads various groups in and around Philadelphia: most notably, 53 Stations, a jazz quartet he co-leads with Wilmington, Del.-based drummer Skip Rohrich. 53 Stations performs original compositions by Shapiro, Rohrich and bassist Dylan Taylor. Karl Stark says of their latest release, “The Hilltop Sessions”: “It’s gritty uncompromising edge goes down easily, and the original tunes look back to glory days and forward to new vistas.”
Shapiro has performed throughout New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, at venues such as Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Olde Kings Jazz Fest, Gojjo, Dover Downs, and The Concert Venue at Harrah’s Casino.