Jason McKenzie

Jason McKenzie. Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

Drumset, Tabla, Doumbek, Riq, Percussion

Jason McKenzie grew up in Tallahassee, FL where he took drum set lessons from Butch Trucks from the Allman Brothers Band. After high school he studied symphonic percussion at Florida State and then transferred to the University of North Texas to focus on jazz. After graduating, Jason moved from Denton, TX to the burgeoning music scene of Austin where he met his first tabla instructor, Aloke Dutta. After Dutta moved to Los Angeles a year later, Jason studied with various professional tabla players such as Anindo Chatterjee, Gouri Shankar, Subhen Chatterjee, Samir Chatterjee, and Subrata Bhattacharya and he also attended the Ali Akbar College of Music to study with Swapan Chaudhuri. Jason has traveled to India twice; the first time studying tabla with Gouri Shankar and the second time kanjira from Sathish Pathakota, Ganesh Kumar and Subash Chandran.  Jason has performed or collaborated with legendary world music DJ/Producer Cheb i Sabbah (RIP), Alexi Murdoch, Matt Nathanson, Subrata Bhattacharya, Fareed Haque and many others.  While not on the road with Atash, Jason tours and records with Texas songwriting hero Billy Joe Shaver.

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