“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GROOVE.”
This bold statement is the driving force behind the career of bass player Jason Langley. A native of Boston, MA, Jason became infected by the grooves of groups like Cameo and Kool & The Gang during his teenage years. He traded in his DJ equipment for a bass shortly after finishing high school and began a story that is far from being finished.
Jason has studied music at both the University of Lowell, MA and Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He cut his teeth in clubs around New England and beyond and slowly became known for his groove oriented style and dependable pocket. His tastes quickly diversified to include Miles Davis, Sting, Jimi Hendrix, P-Funk, and lots of blues. In his pursuit to fulfill his pasions for music, Jason has left few styles unturned. He has played country on a cruise ship, blues in a juke joint and swing at a ski resort.
Jason spent many years paying his dues on the New York City scene. After a U.S. tour Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus (Barnum’s Kaleidoscape), he secured a gig with blues artist Shemekia Copeland. Jason toured with Copeland for 3 years and is featured on her third recording for Alligator Records, Talking to Strangers. During this time, he also performed with many other blues greats including B.B. King, Elvin Bishop and Dr. John.
After a decade in the Big Apple, friends called from the West Coast with new work opportunities. Langley took a chance & relocated to the Los Angeles area. It was around this time that Jason added blues guitarist Coco Montoya to his resume’.
Jason’s career took a twist as he joined the Broadway National Tour of the musical Dreamgirls. Having never done a Broadway show or any theater work, he welcomed this as a challenge & opportunity to expand his musical palate. After a successful run with Dreamgirls in the U.S. & Japan, Langley held down the bass chair for the first five months of the First National U.S. tour of the Broadway musical, MEMPHIS before relocating to Las Vegas.
Jason settled in Las Vegas, NV in 2012 and has performed with many great acts, including The Australian Bee Gees Show, Bee Gees Gold, Michael Grimm and Franky Perez. He returned to the bass chair of Dreamgirls for Big League Productions 2012/2013 presentation as well as the McCoy Rigby Entertainment presentation in 2016, with both tours including performances in Japan.
From 2017 – 2020, Langley provided the grooves for British pop singer, Matt Goss. This included Goss’ residency at 1OAK/Mirage, LV, his UK solo shows and his band, BROS.
Post Pandemic Shutdown found Jason back to Broadway with the touring production of Jersey Boys.
As always, Jason’s goal is to continue to supply Booty Shakin’ Grooves to some of the world’s finest talent.