Jason Sulkin is a guitarist specializing in education and performance.
Based in Agoura Hills, California, Jason has studied music and the
guitar in a variety of styles including jazz, rock, pop, funk, blues,
alternative, folk, Latin and classical. He was born in Tarzana,
California, and began playing the guitar at the age of 11. Jason
played guitar throughout high school and it wasn't long before he
developed a strong repertoire and a love for all styles of music.
Ever since then, he has had a passion for the guitar and a thirst
for performing and creating music.
Strongly influenced by the music of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock,
Jaco Pastorius, Wes Montgomery, Carlos Santana and Trey Anastasio,
just to name a few, Jason went on to further his studies at Sonoma
State University School of Music where he received his Bachelors
of Arts degree in Guitar Performance with an emphasis on Jazz Studies.
There he studied under the tutelage of Mel Graves focusing on jazz
theory and improvisation and jazz composition. During his music
training, Jason was a member of the highly acclaimed Sonoma State
University Jazz Ensemble as well a member of Blusion, Sonoma County's
premier jazz fusion band specializing in jazz, funk and blues. As
the lead guitarist in Blusion, the band played regularly at Charles
Krug Winery in Sonoma as well as the Napa County Fair. The band
also opened for Spyro Gyra when they appeared in concert at the
Harmony Festival in Sonoma.
Jason studied extensively with renowned San Francisco Bay Area
guitarists Steve Sage and Randy Vincent, two great guitar players
and mentors who he credits for bringing out the discipline and skills
he would need for a lifetime of music achievements and expression.
After graduating from Sonoma State University, Jason moved back
to Southern California to begin his professional career as an educator
and performing and recording guitarist. He works and performs with
a number of groups throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara
Counties as well as many small combo arrangements and has been involved
in several recording projects. Jason performs for weddings, bar
mitzvahs, private parties, wine tastings, jazz festivals, concerts
and special events of all kinds. He has written several compositions
and continues to write music that is performed by professional musicians.
Jason continues to indulge his passion for the guitar and teaches
guitar and music theory privately to roughly 30 students weekly.