Jason Yarde

Jazz composer and saxophonist Jason Yarde has garnered some unique praise for his work over the years. His cannon of original compositions and collaborations have consistently been met with cheers of ‘powerful’, ‘spiritual’, ‘formidable’ and even ‘hair-raising’...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 7 May 2013
  • min read
Jason began playing alto and soprano saxophones with Jazz Warriors while still a teenager and later became one of the collective’s principal writers. He has also written for dance, music theatre, opera and TV and directed various cross-discipline projects.

He has also produced other artists’ recorded work, including rising star jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock, and is one of the integral producers at UK independent Jazz label Dune Records.

Last month Jason was invited to judge the PRS for Music Foundation New Music Biennial initiative. Along with a panel including percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, composer Max Richter and broadcaster and songwriter Cerys Matthews, Jason whittled down an eclectic list of 130 composers and commissioning organisations to just 20.

We spoke to him after the judging process to find out what he thought about the winning entrants.