Jazz Bassist & Educator
Jason Foureman Bio
Jason Foureman hails from Durham, NC and attended Jordan High School. He has been an active performer in the jazz scene in both the Triad and Triangle of North Carolina since 2000. He has performed in concert with Cedar Walton, Bud Shank, Slide Hampton, Dave Leibman, Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, Tim Armacoste, Branford Marsalis, Terry Lynn Kerrington, Kenny Werner, Renee Marie, Steve Czardas, Scott Weinholt, and Joel Frahm as well as many others.
In 2007, Jason earned a Masters degree in Jazz performance from the University of Louisville where he was also awarded a teaching assistantship. Upon graduating he moved back to North Carolina where he assumed the bass chair with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra (NCJRO) under the direction of Jim Ketch; a position he still holds today. He has been on faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University since 2009, teaching bass and coaching various ensembles. In 2017 he assumed leadership of the youth Big Band at the Durham Jazz Workshop. Jason currently spends his professional time teaching and performing great music whenever he can and doing everything possible to bring truly great musicians to the Triangle.
Running & Ultra Running
“But why would anyone run that distance? What is wrong with you? Are you mental?!” Articulating what I enjoy about running ultra distances is somewhat difficult. It has something to with the camaraderie of the other nut jobs that set their alarms at 4:30am to get up to run 25 miles with me, then maybe go to a show that I’m playing that night. It’s about doing something that I didn’t think was possible. It’s about being in so much pain that I don’t think I can take one more step, but then I do. Then another. And then another. And all of a sudden my life is the simplicity of movement and the footsteps of my companions.