Jason Bodlovich, “J”, is a North Bay guitarist, composer and band leader. Originally from Huntington Beach CA, J now resides in Sonoma County where he performs with a mix of original projects. Eclectic is a good word to use for J’s sound as he blends rock, funk, blues, swing, jazz, Brazilian and more.
J’s electric/acoustic projects include Jason Bodlovich Group(JBG), Organix, jazz groups(JB3), solo guitar, duos, and vocal fronted bluesrock band Ragtag Sullivan and Ragtag Sullivan Duo.
Influences include the bluesrock stylings of Hendrix, Jimmy Page & Stevie Ray Vaughan; The funk of The Meters, Parliament/Funkadelic & James Brown; the technique and vibe of instrumental rock guitarist Jeff Beck & Joe Satriani; the twang and swing of rockabilly, country and western swing guitarists Chet Atkins, Brian Setzer & Danny Gatton; and the exploration of jazz guitarists Julian Lage, Bill Frissel & John Scofield.
Upon graduation from jazz studies at Sonoma State University, J would record the album “Blues For Dexter – a Tribute to Dexter Gordon” featuring legendary jazz bassist Ray Brown. J has been awarded the public voted North Bay Music Award two times in the jazz category. J has collaborated & performed with guitarist Julian Lage. J performed at the Sonoma Guitar Summit & Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s “Rising Stars” showcase; Yoshi’s SF local talent series, Venues performed include: SF Fillmore, Saratoga’s Mountain Winery, Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts in Santa Rosa, Napa Uptown Theatre, Ventura Theatre, Pond of Anaheim, Portland’s Crystal Ball Room and SF’s Great American Music Hall and SF Warfield. Opening slots include instrumental Joe Satriani, Al Green, Diana Krall(3 times), Rites of Strings featuring Al Di Meola Stanley Clarke & Jean Luc Ponty, The Ford Brothers featuring Robben Ford, Boney James, and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey.
Here is an ever expanding list of J’s favorite artists from early influences to current favorites: Miles Davis, Peter Tosh, Tom Waits, Funkadelic/Parliament, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Beck, Rolling Stones, Metallica, Bob Marley, Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, The Clash, Pantera, Merle Haggard, U2, Eliott Smith, Joe Pass, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Sly & The Family Stone, Frank Sinatra, Rory Gallagher, Joe Satriani, Beastie Boys, Otis Redding, Danny Gatton, The Cure, Guns n’ Roses, Prince, Medeski Martin and Wood, Bill Frissel, MGMT, The Band, Led Zep, Ray Charles, Black Sabbath, The Meters, The Specials, Israel Vibrations, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Chet Atkins, Killing Joke, Art Blakey, Thin Lizzy, Thelonius Monk, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Julian Lage, The Beatles, Iron Maiden, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jimmy Bryant, Nick Drake, James Brown, Van Halen, Willie Nelson, Flying Burrito Brothers, Rory Gallagher, Bad Company, The Kinks, Megadeth, Al DiMeola, Big Audio Dynamite, Husker Du, The Replacements, Prong, Elvis Presley, Rush, Foo Fighters, Waylon Jennings, Muse, Supergrass, Cheap Trick, Small Faces, The Smiths, Ozzy Osborne, Santana, The Stranglers, Sublime, Can, The Killers, Freddie King, Slayer and Ennio Morricone.