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Local Imperial Beach Jazz Artist Jason Hanna Among 3 Local Artists Nominate for 2018 San Diego Music Awards!

Feb 07, 2018 03:35PM ● Published by Paul Spear

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Local Imperial Beach Jazz Artist Jason Hanna Among 3 Local Artists Nominate for 2018 San Diego Music Awards!

Three local Imperial Beach Artist have be nominated for awards in the 2018 San Diego Music Awards. Other Imperial Beach Artists, The Bassics are a 4-piece band from Imperial Beach, California.and the Phantoms who's lead guitarist is from IB are up for awards as well! 

When speaking with Jason about how he got started and interested in playing the 

trumpet Jason said, "I was born in San Diego, but my mom was born in Tijuana,” I grew up listening to the Tijuana Brass, Sergio Mendes, and the Baja Marimba Band. I had wanted to do this project for years. I describe our style of music as space-age pop based on the Tijuana Brass. It’s a mix of jet-set swing, ’60s garage rock, surf rock, and Latin bossa."

Jason Hanna began teaching himself to play the trumpet at the age of twelve. Jason grew up in a Mexican-American family that had an appreciation for music and was exposed to Jazz and  traditional Mexican songs as a child growing up. On the advice of Mike Bogart, a Navy trumpeter known for his work in the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau Band and Tower of Power, Hanna joined the navy and played in the military band.

After graduating in ’99 from Valhalla High, Hanna’s training in that school’s band program helped him to segue directly into the U.S. Navy Band.

“They audition you pretty hard,” says Hanna. “There were 12 different bands you could go in. I was in the Admiral’s Band. We played a lot of embassy functions for dignitaries. We toured Europe and Africa. We learned ‘Africa,’ by Toto, just so we could play ‘Africa’ in Africa. We learned ‘A Night In Tunisia,’ by Dizzy Gillespie, when we played there.”

After leaving the Navy where he was last stationed in San Diego, Jason moved to Imperial Beach about 10 years ago were he can walk to the beach and on a clear day see the bullring where Herb Alpert did his Lonely Bull video which was one of Jason's inspirations. Hanna began fronting his own band the Bullfighters, as well as playing around town with his own trio and sitting in with various other ensembles and players like Gilbert Castellanos, Mikan Zlatkovich, Archie Thompson, and Bill Caballero.

Jason plays every Wednesday at the Riviera Supper Club. Some Thursdays at the US Grant. Every Friday at the Bahia Resort Hotel. 1st and 4th Saturday at the Cat Eye Club. To name a few. jason used to occasionally play at the Salty Frog in Imperial Beach aw well.

Jason said, "I’d like to help bring a larger presence for live Jazz music to the Southbay, especially IB." Jason also said, "
“One day I would like to recreate that original video done by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, The Lonely Bull"  that was shot at the Bull Ring in Tijuana and starts with a plane flying over the Bull Ring before focusing in on the band playing inside the stadium. Said Jason, "I'd rent out the bullring for an afternoon. I couldn’t afford a helicopter for that opening scene but I think I could get it with a drone.” (See video at bottom of article).

Jason has been nominated in the Jazz category in the 2018 San Diego Music Awards. You can read more and vote for Jason at: 
2018 San Diego Music Awards .


Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, "Lonely Bull"

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