Jason Bodlovich’s jazz groups perform mostly as a trio(JB3) with guitar, bass and drums. Groups occasionally expand to quartet or quintet incorporating piano and horns. Repertoire consists of original compositions, jazz standards and eclectic covers of popular songs. Styles include traditional/straight ahead jazz, be bop, Latin jazz, swing, Hot Club of France Django Reinhardt style swing, Brazilian, and groove/blues based jazz. Selected influences Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Julian Lage and Henry Mancini.
J has been awarded the public voted Norbay(North Bay Music Award) in jazz category two times and has been featured in the Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s Rising Stars Showcase and Sonoma’s Jazz Guitar Summit concerts. J has released three jazz albums to date including “Blues For Dexter”-a tribute to saxophonist Dexter Gordon featuring a quintet including legendary jazz bassist Ray Brown. J has opened for artists including Al Green, Diana Krall, Joe Satriani, Robben Ford, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, and Jean Luc Ponty.
Jazztimes Magazine review on J’s most recent jazz release, “The Culprit”:
“Bay Area six-stringer Jason Bodlovich traverses a wide range of styles on his sophomore release The Culprit, from the soulful, gospel-tinged “Krumble” (played with urgent bent-string fervor on electric guitar), to the buoyant, Brazilian-flavored “Cotash” (played on nylon-string acoustic), to the swinging blues “B Flatted.”. He shows a fondness for Wes-like octaves on the bossa-nova-flavored “SGB,” and offers Django-esque filigrees on the title track. And he exchanges some hot licks with guest guitarist Randy Vincent on the duet closer, “B4Ugo,” recalling the tight blues-based chemistry between Joe Pass and Herb Ellis.”
-Bill Milkowski, Jazztimes