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    Jazz-inspired funk with the Jason Raso Funktet
    Jazz-inspired funk with the Jason Raso Funktet

    19 Oct 2018

    GUELPH, ON October 11, 2018 – Throughout eight albums and countless live performances, Jason Raso has proven a masterful musician. The prolific Guelph-based bassist, composer and bandleader is joined on stage by his “funktet” during a performance at River Run Centre on Friday, October 26, at 8 p.m. The Co-operators Hall performance is presented as part of the Borealis Music Series.

    Raso is well known for his many contributions to the Guelph music scene during the past two decades. A master of the four-string bass guitar, his music has been heard on public radio and jazz stations around the world. Raso’s most recent musical project is the Jason Raso Funktet, a six-member band combining his outstanding talents with a rich jazz-inspired funk sound.

    “Widely respected as a consummate funk and jazz bandleader,” the Guelph Mercury says of Raso.

    Raso’s 2017 recording Live at The Jazz Room featured eight new original compositions performed at Waterloo’s The Jazz Room. His 2015 album Man of 40 Faces included 11 new compositions, among them eight solo performances and three duets featuring legendary bassist Alain Caron, trombone phenomenon Wycliffe Gordon and vibraphonist Francesco Pinetti.

    In addition to Raso, the Jason Raso Funktet includes Alexis Baro on trumpet, Brent Rowan on alto saxophone, Adam Bowman on drums, Tyler Wagler on guitar and Thomas Hammerton on keyboards. The group promises a pulsating performance music lovers won’t soon forget.

    Tickets to see the Jason Raso Funktet cost $29 for adults, $27 for seniors and students. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. $5 eyeGO tickets are available to high school students with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at River Run Centre box office, 35 Woolwich St. in Guelph, by calling 519-763-3000, or online at

    The Jason Raso Funktet is presented by River Run Centre as part of the Borealis Music Series, which also receives funding support from the Ontario Arts Council and the SOCAN Foundation. River Run Centre is funded in part by the Government of Canada and gratefully acknowledges our 2018-2019 season sponsor, The Co-operators.


    Nicole Neufeld | Program Manager, Development and Marketing
    City of Guelph
    519-837-5662 ext. 2589

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