Jason Goodman has developed a versatile career as a soloist, chamber and symphonic musician, recording artist and educator. He has appeared from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall and San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House. A frequent soloist, he has been featured with the San Francisco Ballet, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra among others, performing music by Philip Glass, Daniel Catán and Toshiro Mayuzumi, to name a few.
He has held the principal position playing ethnic percussion, timpani and drum set for a long list of solo artists and live shows including Jessye Norman, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Feinstein, Idina Menzel, Melissa Manchester, Chinese erhu virtuoso Ma Xioahui, Cirque du Symphony, Cartoon Network, Video Games Live and The American Tenors. His symphony work has found him as a frequent Guest Principal with numerous ensembles including the Long Beach and Pasadena Symphony Orchestras and is currently Principal Percussionist of the newly formed Los Angeles-based orchestra Muse/Ique. Other ensembles he has performed with include the Mexico City Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony and the California Philharmonic.
He has performed under and collaborated with several composers including John Williams, John Debney, Arthur B. Rubinstein, David Newman, Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Schickele and Meredith Monk, often presenting World and West Coast premieres. For ten years he could be seen on television as the Principal Percussionist/Assistant Timpanist for the Hour of Power Orchestra’s international broadcasts. He can be heard on recordings for pianist Roger Williams, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, film composers Arthur B. Rubinstein and John Debney, and on releases from Sony Classical Records, Fox Studios, PBS Television and a variety of independent shows, theme parks and films.
As an educator, Mr. Goodman has worked with over 60 music programs as a consultant, percussion designer, conductor and arranger at the high school and collegiate levels. He remains an active adjudicator and clinician, presenting master classes and career seminars at numerous colleges and regional percussion festivals. As a marching percussion advisor, he has consulted for the major motion pictures We Are Marshall, The Express and Battleship.
Mr. Goodman is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Eastman School of Music.