Jason Stein was born December 6th, 1976, in Washington, DC, but grew up on Long Island. He began his musical career in high school, picking out blues and classic rock tunes on the guitar and listening to Albert King, Buddy Guy, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Following high school, Jason spent a number of years traveling around the US and Central America. Oddly enough, it was in San Pedro Guatemala that he discovered a passion for Jazz music. Over the course of the next few years he began to take guitar more seriously, eventually ending up in Bozeman, Montana where he studied improvisation with Kelly Roberty.
Out of his love for Eric Dolphy, and a sneaking suspicion that it just wasn't happening with the jazz guitar, Jason took up the bass clarinet. From the moment he laid his fingers on the keys he was hooked, studying first at Bennington College with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves, and later at the University of Michigan with Donald Waldon, Ed Sarath and privately with Vincent York.
Jason is now located in Chicago and is involved in a number of bands and projects. Bridge 61, a quartet involving Stein. Ken Vandermark, Nate McBride and Tim Daisy released their first record, Journal, on Atavistic in July 2006. And Kyle Bruckman's Wrack, a quintet with Bruckman, Stein, Jen Clare Paulson, Anton Hatwich and Tim Daisy released a record on 482 music entitled Intents and Purposes. Stein has shared the stage with many incredible musicians including Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Kent Kessler, Jason Ajemian, Michael Zerang and Fred Lonberg-Holm, Peter Brotzman, Fredrik Ljungkvist and Hå;vard Wiik.