From an early age, Jason Goldsmith, a fourth generation musician, was surrounded by a variety of musical styles, ranging from Bluegrass to Dixieland. Although Jason dabbled with numerous instruments throughout his formative years, he decided to focus his energies on a Saxophone Performance degree from UW-Whitewater, during an era in which the institution was rich with jazz performance opportunities.
Mentored by Grammy nominated jazz trombonist and arranger Steve Weist, Goldsmith was given numerous opportunities to perform with and learn from such artists as Rick Margitza, Brad Lehli, James Moody, and Bob Mintzer, to name just a few. While at Whitewater, Jason also performed at the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals, respectively.
In 2003, Goldsmith moved to Milwaukee, where he has continued to be a freelance musician, playing in such Milwaukee bands as Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns, The Booze Brothers, The North Coast Orchestra, and Velocity, of which he is currently the musical director.
Besides also having played with most of the jazz musicians in Milwaukee at one time or another, Jason has the unique distinction of having performed at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center, respectively, with Polka Hall of Famer, Steve Meisner. As of 2013, of the over 20 recordings Goldsmith has appeared on, one of the most unique to date, might be the 78 record of cornetist and Bix Beiderbecke officianato, Andy Schumm.
Jason is currently a teacher with MYSO’s jazz studies program.