Jason Fraticelli

Bassist / Composer / Multi-instrumentalist


As an upright bassist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jason Fraticelli is seen and heard often at the center of many musical scenes in the Philadelphia/New York communities. For the past 20 years he has been acting as sideman for many different artists such as Matisyahu, Melody Gardot, and Cyro Baptista, while at the same time always fascilitating his own groups such as the Fresh Cut Orchestra, The FCC, and The Jason Fraticelli Band.

At the age of 13 he played one of his first concerts, on drums, opening for reggae artist Jimmy Cliff in Philadelphia with his dad and his uncle in a group called Elysium. It was that experience that gave Jason the inspiration for music performance that was to shape a long and ongoing career.

While attending Bucks County Community College, for performance and composition, Jason was taken to the Philadelphia famous Ortlieb’s Jazz House for the first time. The experience of watching Philly legends Mike Boone (the Buddy Rich Band), Sid Simmons (Grover Washington), and Byron Landham (Joey DeFrancesco), as well as several generations of other musicians sitting in, was enough to inspire him to purchase his first upright bass and continue his pursuit of jazz education.

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Soon after, Jason continued studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. It was there that he was able to learn from teachers such as Reggie Workman (from the early John Coltrane quartet), Cecil McBee (studying bass proficiency), Jane Ira Bloom (ensemble studies), and George Garzone (improvisation). Within an ensuing career, Jason has had the experience of performing with many different musicians, such as John Ellis, Skerik (Les Claypool), Marco Benevento, and Billy Martin (MMW), touring in groups, such as The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Matisyahu, Melody Gardot, and Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits, and recording with several different artists such as G Love, Robert Glasper, Mark Guiliana, and Taylor McFerrin.

In 2013 Jason was awarded a project grant from the Pew foundation for the purpose of recording his extended work the Mothers’ Suite, a six movement piece to be recorded by his 10 piece co-lead group the Fresh Cut Orchestra. This work came out in 2015 on Fresh Cut Orchestra’s debut record ‘From the Vine’ which was released on Ropeadope records with acclaimed reviews from the New York Times, Downbeat, and NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2014 Fresh Cut Orchestra went on to receive the Kimmel Center Jazz Residency Grant which led to the collaborative work entitled ‘Life Mosaic’, a 4 movement piece written about the four stages of life to be recorded and released in the near future. Later that same year a Subito grant was awarded to Fresh Cut Orchestra in order to finish studio production on their second record ‘Mind Behind Closed Eyes’ which will be released by Ropeadope records in 2016. Fresh Cut Orchestra has been receiving rave reviews while performing at renown performing arts center venues such as the Painted Bride Arts Center, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

In 2016 Jason will be releasing his solo record entitled ‘The Dream Diaries’ from his group the Jason Fraticelli Band which will be out on Ropeadope Records. Also set to be released the same year is Fresh Cut Orchestra’s 2nd record ‘The Mind Behind Closed Eyes’. Jason is also working on his Dad and his Uncle’s album in which Jason is the drummer and producer. This is currently in production and could be released as early as fall of 2016.


Jason Fraticelli

Bassist / Composer / Multi-instrumentalist


As an upright bassist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jason Fraticelli is seen and heard often at the center of many musical scenes in the Philadelphia/New York communities. For the past 20 years he has been acting as sideman for many different artists such as Matisyahu, Melody Gardot, and Cyro Baptista, while at the same time always fascilitating his own groups such as the Fresh Cut Orchestra, The FCC, and The Jason Fraticelli Band.

At the age of 13 he played one of his first concerts, on drums, opening for reggae artist Jimmy Cliff in Philadelphia with his dad and his uncle in a group called Elysium. It was that experience that gave Jason the inspiration for music performance that was to shape a long and ongoing career.

While attending Bucks County Community College, for performance and composition, Jason was taken to the Philadelphia famous Ortlieb’s Jazz House for the first time. The experience of watching Philly legends Mike Boone (the Buddy Rich Band), Sid Simmons (Grover Washington), and Byron Landham (Joey DeFrancesco), as well as several generations of other musicians sitting in, was enough to inspire him to purchase his first upright bass and continue his pursuit of jazz education.

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Soon after, Jason continued studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. It was there that he was able to learn from teachers such as Reggie Workman (from the early John Coltrane quartet), Cecil McBee (studying bass proficiency), Jane Ira Bloom (ensemble studies), and George Garzone (improvisation). Within an ensuing career, Jason has had the experience of performing with many different musicians, such as John Ellis, Skerik (Les Claypool), Marco Benevento, and Billy Martin (MMW), touring in groups, such as The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Matisyahu, Melody Gardot, and Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits, and recording with several different artists such as G Love, Robert Glasper, Mark Guiliana, and Taylor McFerrin.

In 2013 Jason was awarded a project grant from the Pew foundation for the purpose of recording his extended work the Mothers’ Suite, a six movement piece to be recorded by his 10 piece co-lead group the Fresh Cut Orchestra. This work came out in 2015 on Fresh Cut Orchestra’s debut record ‘From the Vine’ which was released on Ropeadope records with acclaimed reviews from the New York Times, Downbeat, and NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2014 Fresh Cut Orchestra went on to receive the Kimmel Center Jazz Residency Grant which led to the collaborative work entitled ‘Life Mosaic’, a 4 movement piece written about the four stages of life to be recorded and released in the near future. Later that same year a Subito grant was awarded to Fresh Cut Orchestra in order to finish studio production on their second record ‘Mind Behind Closed Eyes’ which will be released by Ropeadope records in 2016. Fresh Cut Orchestra has been receiving rave reviews while performing at renown performing arts center venues such as the Painted Bride Arts Center, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

In 2016 Jason will be releasing his solo record entitled ‘The Dream Diaries’ from his group the Jason Fraticelli Band which will be out on Ropeadope Records. Also set to be released the same year is Fresh Cut Orchestra’s 2nd record ‘The Mind Behind Closed Eyes’. Jason is also working on his Dad and his Uncle’s album in which Jason is the drummer and producer. This is currently in production and could be released as early as fall of 2016.


Fresh Cut Orchestra


www.freshcutorchestra.com

The Fresh Cut Orchestra is a 10-piece new instrumental music ensemble led by trumpeter Josh Lawrence, bassist Jason Fraticelli, and drummer Anwar Marshall performing the “jazz of tomorrow”(Downbeat)

" The Fresh Cut Orchestra is a new young 10-piece Philadelphia-jazz municipality, a little hard to define and very much worth looking into". (New York Times)

The music of FCO is an eclectic blend of “straight ahead” jazz, contemporary classical, progressive rock, hip hop, and modern electronica. The roster includes musicians from New York, Philadelphia & Los Angeles who have performed/recorded with artists like Erykah Badu, John Legend, Matisyahu, Orrin Evans & the Captain Black Big Band, Terell Stafford & the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, Dave Douglas, Tom Harrell, Nicholas Payton, Marcus Strickland, Taylor McFerrin, Cyro Baptista, and John Zorn among others.

Jason Radio


Hey everybody. Welcome to my little 'Jason Radio' soundcloud player. This is a compilation of music that I've done over the past 15 years new and old. People are always asking how they can hear my music, and this is a good place to go to a lot of it exists within one place. Feel free to listen, shuffle through, and if you like something click on it to share it or find out how to buy it. The more we support music, the more we keep the new music constantly flowing, and even buying one track is enough to inspire us by letting us know that someone is listening. Thanks so much, and enjoy!

Discography

  • Fresh-Cut-Orchestra-From-the-Vine
    Fresh Cut Orchestra - From the Vine (2015)
  • Jason-Newman-Trio-Entwined-2015
    Jason Newman Trio- Entwined (2015)
  • Taylor-McFerrin-Early-Riser
    Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser (2014)
  • Minds-In-time-By-the-Numbers-2014
    Minds In time - By the Numbers (2014)
  • Venissa-Santi-Big-Stuff
    Venissa Santi - Big Stuff (2013)
  • The-Greg-Snyder-Trio-In-the-State-of-Nature
    The Greg Snyder Trio - In the State of Nature (2012)
  • Shadowdance-Future-Negative-Fantasy
    Shadowdance - Future Negative Fantasy (2012)
  • Aaron-Dugan-Theory-of-Everything
    Aaron Dugan - Theory of Everything (2010)
  • Jason-Fraticelli-&-The-Wet-Dreams-EP-Album-Cover
    Jason Fraticelli & The Wet Dreams - 
EP (
2009)
  • Matisyahu-Louisville-Light-2009
    Matisyahu - Louisville Light (2009)
  • Ellipsis-Edge-Hill-Road-2009
    Ellipsis - Edge Hill Road (2009)
  • As-Human-by-Kilo-2008
    As Human - Kilo (2008)
  • Leanna-Song-Orisha-Love-Songs-2008
    Leana Song - Orisha Love Songs (2008)
  • The-Cell-Theory-Memory-is-Energy-2008
    The Cell Theory - Memory is Energy (2008)
  • Brentwood-Estates-2008
    Brentwood Estates (2008)
  • Oudblues-Self-Titled-2007
    Oudblues - Self Titled (2007)
  • Captain-Somebody-When-We-Get-Together-2007
    Captain Somebody - When We Get Together (2007)
  • Shadowdance-Another-Look-(2004)
    Shadowdance - Another Look (2004)
  • L-Maestro-Presents-Dimensions-of-Common-Experience-2004
    L Maestro Presents - Dimensions of Common Experience (2004)
  • Sinking-Ship-The-Bottom-(2004)
    Sinking Ship - The Bottom (2004)
  • Tim-Conley-Ocean-Exposition-2004-Album-Cover
    Tim Conley - Ocean Exposition (2004)
  • Senor-Salty-Balls-Sexual-Checkers-2004
    Senor Salty Balls - Sexual Checkers (2004)
  • grandfater-ridiculous
    Grandfather Ridiculous - EP (2002)
  • Norman-David-Group-4 -There’s-Room-for-All-200
    Norman David and Group 4 - There’s Room for All (2001)
  • Shadowdance-Ageless-(2000)
    Shadowdance - Ageless (2000)
News

  • FRATICELLI FRIDAY (WEEK 7) - 'DREAMLETS'
    July 8, 2016
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  • Pre Order for Dream Diaries is Live!
    July 1, 2016
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  • SONGWRITINGMAGAZINE.COM Premieres New Video of 'Hot Buttered Rum'
    June 24, 2016
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  • MAGNETMAGAZINE.COM Premieres 'SHAKE' off of JFB record Dream Diaries
    June 24, 2016
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  • Oudblues-Self-Titled-2007
    Fraticelli Friday (week 5)- Featuring a track from Oudblues (2007)
    June 17, 2016
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  • Fraticelli Friday (week 4) Featuring "South Carolina Song" from 2005
    June 10, 2016
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  • Aaron-Dugan-Theory-of-Everything
    Fraticelli Friday (week 3)- Featuring a Track from Aaron Dugan's Theory of Everything (2010)
    June 3, 2016
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  • Fraticelli Friday (week 2)- Featuring a track from Grandfather Ridiculous circa 2003
    May 27, 2016
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  • As-Human-by-Kilo-2008
    Fraticelli Friday - Featuring a track from As Human from 2008
    May 20, 2016
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  • Jason Fraticelli Band Release On Ropeadope Records July 15th 2016
    May 18, 2016
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  • Fresh Cut Orchestra - Second Record to be Out August 26th again on Ropeadope Records
    May 16, 2016
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