NYJC Summer School year(s): Short Course 2011 Summer School 2012 and 2013
Introducing Berklee educated 24-year-old drummer Jas Kayser. Mentored by Terri-Lyne Carrington and currently moving between London and Panama City, where she teaches at pianist Danilo Perez’s Jazz Foundation, she’s also a composer and band leader who loves to explore the commonality between jazz and afro-beat.
Jas has featured in bands with leading British lights Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry and Jorja Smith as well as American drummer Ralph Peterson’s Big Band and had a starring role on drums alongside Lenny Kravitz in the official video for his song Low.
Jas’s more recent projects have been presenting her original band at some of the top jazz venues for the London Jazz Festival 2019, RISE concert in Boston supporting Terri Lyne Carrington and Panama Jazz Festival for the past 2 years.
NYJC was an amazing place to learn and hang with other jazz musicians my age. The same people I hang and play with now! NYJC has been a huge part of my jazz education – I particularly remember being assigned to learn and sing Mile’s solo on ‘So What’ on my first NYJC Course (The short course). I think that was the first time I learnt a solo, never mind a drum solo, and 100% has an impact on the way I learn music/standards to this day”.