Jason McCool is a PhD candidate in Historical Musicology at Boston University, where he was awarded a full-tuition Dean's Fellowship. In the past year, he has presented papers at conferences at UNC-Asheville and Harvard University, and he recently completed teaching an undergraduate course on The Beatles at Boston University.
Jason has given many public talks on behalf of classical music, including a special series as pre-concert lecturer for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (feature article here), as well as appearances at Ignite Boston, Ignite DC and Ignite Baltimore. He recently began hosting historical events in Boston, after having thrown many parties in Washington, DC celebrating significant historical anniversaries. His master's thesis on Keith Jarrett has been downloaded by enterprising (undergraduate?) jazz enthusiasts over 3,600 times.
Jason has worked as a singer, composer, and halfway decent pianist for stage shows, children's theatre, and cabaret. He composed original music for "Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread" (part two here) by David Ives, staged at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Recently he has studied Irish singing with noted Boston-based sean-nós singer Bridget Fitzgerald.
Jason is a jazz trumpet graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was a member of the award-winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble ("Best College Jazz Ensemble," Downbeat Magazine), the jazz trio Hee Hee She ("Best College Small Group," Downbeat Magazine) and his trumpet work includes stints with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra conducted by Buddy Morrow, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the Henry Mancini Institute, and the Disney All-American College Marching Band. The Brockton High School jazz band remains the most killing ensemble he ever played in.