Described by Eugene Rousseau as, “a talented saxophonist," Jason T. Laczkoski is an emerging voice in saxophone. He has presented numerous solo and chamber recitals as well as master classes and clinics throughout the United States.
Jason came to music rather late in his life and did not begin any musical studies until he was 15 years old. He quickly developed a passion for his art and went on to study saxophone with Dr. Joseph Murphy at Mansfield University. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Jason went on to earn a master’s degree in saxophone performance from the University of Iowa where he studied with world-renowned saxophonist Dr. Kenneth Tse. He remained at the University of Iowa for his doctoral studies. Currently, Jason is ABD and expects completion of this degree in the near future. In addition to his saxophone studies at Iowa, Jason completed a secondary area in conducting, studying with Myron Welch and Richard Mark Heidel.
In January 2011, Jason was the winner of a national competition in which he won a grant to record his debut CD, Come Down Heavy! This recording was released in November 2011 on the Emeritus Recordings label. The peer reviewed Saxophone Journal described his playing on this cd as having, “a supple technique, rich sound, and ample musicianship, exhibits an impressive command of his instrument…one wants to hear him again." Composer Evan Chambers described Jason’s playing as “vibrant, energized, sensitive.." while Judith Shatin remarked he is “a master of his instrument, with a rich, warm sound and beautifully detailed approach."
An advocate of new music, Jason is constantly seeking out composers who write both intellectual and beautiful music. London based composer Ian Stewart has recently completed a duet for Jason, featuring the saxophone with violin and an electronic piece focusing on the coal industry. Composers Baljinder Sekhon, Sy Brandon, and John Griffin have also recently completed works for Jason.
Jason teaches at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota where his duties include woodwind lessons, the music history sequence, and directing the VCSU jazz ensemble, The Barnes County Landmark.
Jason is both a Yamaha Performing Artist and E. Rousseau Mouthpiece Artist and plays on these brands exclusively.