JASON JENNINGS2019-01-11T23:46:22+00:00
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I was born in Long Island in 1960 and experienced Beatlemania firsthand as a small child there before moving to New York City proper. I lived in NYC from 1966 through’69, relocating to Louisville, KY in early 1970. My younger brother was a very gifted guitarist, and I initially started playing bass because of him. I received my first bass guitar in 1975, but by early 1979 (at age 18), I had set my sights on the Tampa Bay area. I hitchhiked into Pinellas County to embark on my music career in a truer sense. I worked a variety of jobs – construction laborer, appliance delivery, and waterbed installation among those – while honing my chops by playing rock, blues, bluegrass, and country. After all, rule number one in showbiz is ‘don’t quit your day job!’ Spanning almost forty years, I’ve worked with too many acts to list. Some of the more notable ones follow: Bardstown Junction (bluegrass), Culprit (rock & roll), Hollywood Dave & the Hotheads (variety/comedy), Jon Oliva (heavy rock), Rebel Pride (southern & country), Doobius Arbuckle (classic rock), Jerry Outlaw & Friends (prog rock), Deloris Telescope (alt rock – *sub), and Bobby Friss Band (rock – *sub). As a recording artist, my work appears on countless tapes and CDs – including my own solo effort from 2014 entitled “Great Beyond,” which features performances by the best musicians in the Tampa Bay area. As a graphic artist, I’ve lent my abilities to many different scenarios in terms of album art & CD cover design, logos, and t-shirts and other assorted merchandise. Currently my book project about my experiences in life and music is in the hands of my editor, being whittled down from its over 900 page initial manuscript. Entitled “A Cesspool of Dorsal Fins: Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Betrayal in Tampa Bay and Beyond,” it provides an overview of the music business from the perspective of a bassist who has ‘been there, done that, and lived to tell.’ I’ve been very lucky, as a result of hard work and thick skin. I’ve worked several grand stages with some fairly famous folks. I toured Europe and the UK with Jon Oliva’s Pain and the U.S. with Jon Oliva’s Storytellers, and I’ve played thousands of dive bars and clubs with a gaggle of hooligans. But I’m always happy to take that next call and hope that an interesting proposal awaits me on the other end. That’s showbiz!

JASON JENNINGS

I was born in Long Island in 1960 and experienced Beatlemania firsthand as a small child there before moving to New York City proper. I lived in NYC from 1966 through’69, relocating to Louisville, KY in early 1970. My younger brother was a very gifted guitarist, and I initially started playing bass because of him. I received my first bass guitar in 1975, but by early 1979 (at age 18), I had set my sights on the Tampa Bay area. I hitchhiked into Pinellas County to embark on my music career in a truer sense. I worked a variety of jobs – construction laborer, appliance delivery, and waterbed installation among those – while honing my chops by playing rock, blues, bluegrass, and country. After all, rule number one in showbiz is ‘don’t quit your day job!’ Spanning almost forty years, I’ve worked with too many acts to list. Some of the more notable ones follow: Bardstown Junction (bluegrass), Culprit (rock & roll), Hollywood Dave & the Hotheads (variety/comedy), Jon Oliva (heavy rock), Rebel Pride (southern & country), Doobius Arbuckle (classic rock), Jerry Outlaw & Friends (prog rock), Deloris Telescope (alt rock – *sub), and Bobby Friss Band (rock – *sub). As a recording artist, my work appears on countless tapes and CDs – including my own solo effort from 2014 entitled “Great Beyond,” which features performances by the best musicians in the Tampa Bay area. As a graphic artist, I’ve lent my abilities to many different scenarios in terms of album art & CD cover design, logos, and t-shirts and other assorted merchandise. Currently my book project about my experiences in life and music is in the hands of my editor, being whittled down from its over 900 page initial manuscript. Entitled “A Cesspool of Dorsal Fins: Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Betrayal in Tampa Bay and Beyond,” it provides an overview of the music business from the perspective of a bassist who has ‘been there, done that, and lived to tell.’ I’ve been very lucky, as a result of hard work and thick skin. I’ve worked several grand stages with some fairly famous folks. I toured Europe and the UK with Jon Oliva’s Pain and the U.S. with Jon Oliva’s Storytellers, and I’ve played thousands of dive bars and clubs with a gaggle of hooligans. But I’m always happy to take that next call and hope that an interesting proposal awaits me on the other end. That’s showbiz!

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