Thursday, December 17th, 2009 2:55 PM PST

Jason Lee Bruns - lead pan & percussion

Jason Lee Bruns (b. October, 3, 1979, Coldwater, Ohio) is an American percussionist, drummer, arranger and producer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California as well as certificates from the Mangueira Samba School in Brazil and the International Folklore Laboratory in Havana, Cuba.
As a performer he is a former member of the Wild Ginger Philharmonic and has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and has played in the house bands for Lewis Price (The Temptations) and Neil Sedaka. Other venues include Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, the House of Blue and the former La Va Lee Jazz Club.
As a producer he has released several CD’s on the Panout Music Group label, a company he founded in 2005. These include the “JLB Jazz Collective with Jason Gamer”, “Tapas” and “The Egrem Session” which was recorded at the famous Egrem Studio in Havana Cuba (Buena Vista Social Club) available at iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.
Jason is the musical director and founder of the “JLB Jazz Collective and the “LA Caribbean Ensemble”. He has held an artist residency for the City of Los Angeles and is the founder of the World Music program at Campbell Hall in North Hollywood, CA; a program that includes two steel drum orchestras, a Brazilian percussion ensemble and a salsa percussion band.
He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and has been published as an author in their academic journal “Percussive Notes.” Jason specializes in Jazz, R&B, Pop, and Afro-Latin drum set playing. He also plays the soprano steel drum and is a specialist in Brazilian & Cuban Percussion genres. His drum set playing is known for his ability to play many parts at once simulating the texture and deep tribal groove of a large multi-person percussion ensemble. You can hear samples of his playing at: