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Jason Paul Stelluto began his musical journey at the age of six when he took up the trumpet. Mr. Stelluto was named to the Alexandria All-City band, and the Virginia All-State band for four straight years on trumpet. In junior high school Jason developed an interest in the electric bass guitar and continues to play both instruments to this day.
In his senior year of high school, his interest in audio engineering and music began to collide. Mr. Stelluto was offered an executive internship at a local recording studio. It was a unique opportunity. One day a week of class work, combined with four days a week of hands on experience at Bias Studios in Springfield, Virginia. It was impossible to pass up. "Imagine being able to be around real studio sessions at the age of sixteen, it was a dream come true." Taking his hands-on experience at the studio made the thought of going back to school full time, and college an uneasy option.
Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Stelluto immediately took an audio engineering position at National Public Radio. "I graduated on a Friday, and started at NPR the following Monday", says Stelluto. "I was a seventeen year old injected into a society of thirty plus year old professionals. I credit the staff at NPR for teaching me how to be a professional in every sense of the word." During his time at NPR Mr. Stelluto went from intensive work for the News division (Technical Director for "All Things Considered", and Weekend All Things Considered") to work in the performance Programming division.
During these years Mr. Stelluto worked with legendary producers Hal Willner, T-Bone Burnett, and Delfayo Marsalis on projects ranging from live jazz recordings at The Village Vanguard in New York, to session work in New Your City, and live recording projects on the west coast. "What an unbelievable learning opportunity to work with so many great producers and engineers." Stelluto states. "I can't imagine where else I could have worked on a jazz project one week, a rock thing in LA, or a studio post session for a major radio documentary the next." In his time at NPR, Mr. Stelluto received the Peabody and Armstrong Silver awards for broadcast excellence. "At NPR I met and talked with four presidents, foreign heads of state, saw the wall come down in Berlin, and recorded music with some of the world's great artists."
At the age of twenty-four Jason Stelluto moved to Nashville and started working for Asylum Records President, Kyle Lehning. "Kyle has been a positive influence on me personally and professionally." says Stelluto, "I learned most of my engineering and production skills from my association with Kyle and his colleagues. Bill Schnee, Billy Joe Walker Jr., and Mac Macanally."
After three years with Lehning and Asylum Records, Mr. Stelluto struck out on his own. "I felt like now was the time, and when I met Clark, I knew that this relationship would turn into something remarkable."
Production Coordinator for the President of Asylum Records (1993-1996) Nashville, TN
Assisted President Kyle Lehning in all aspects of studio production for artists Randy Davis, Bryan White, Mandy Barnett, Brother Phelps, and others. Responsibilities range from selecting and booking musicians, to keeping the sessions (and the resulting paperwork) running smoothly.
Live Broadcast for DC Free Jazz Festival (1992- Present) Washington DC
Responsible for live music mix of national radio broadcast every July 4. The festival routinely features top artists in jazz, pop, and world music. Yousso N’Dour, Danny Gatton Trio, Cassandra Wilson, and Dizzy Gillespie’s Untitled Nations Orchestra have been featured guests.
Studio Production and Engineering
(1992- Present) Nashville, TN and Washington, D.C.
Album projects with musical groups from Washington, D.C., Albany, NY, and Nashville, TN
Live Location Recordings (1983-1992) Washington, D.C.
Client stations included WETA in Washington, D.C., WJHU in Baltimore MD, and WBGO in Newark NJ. Engineered recordings for the Blues Alley Music Society’s six-CD collection of live jazz on location at Blues Alley in D.C. Featured artists were Dizzy Gillespie, Ahmad Jamaal, Stanley Turrentine and others.
National Public Radio (NPR)
Studio Engineering (1984-1992)
Chief Engineer and Technical Director for several news and performance programs, including “All Things Considered”, weekday/weekend, and the pilot for Wynton Marsalis - Making the Music. Other specials include: A Phil Spector 50th Birthday Tribute”, 1988 Space Shuttle Launch live from Cape Canaveral, and “Christmas at McCabes” with T-Bone Burnett
Emmy Lou Harris
Modern Jazz Quartet
Washington Area Folk Society
Paul Reed Smith
Air Show, Inc.
American Jazz Radio
Bias Recording Studio Dharma Garden
District Curators Free Jazz Festival
Sugar Hill Records
Charles McPherson Hanover Band
Booker T. JonesAster Aweke
Van Dyke Parkes
Count Basie Orchestra
The Neville Brothers
Rebirth Brass Band
Buck Hill Quartet
Grande Bande of New York
Washington Pro Musica
Radio Free DelMarVa
Muddy Hole Studios
National Symphony Cellos
Sir Roland Hanna
Murray Street Productions
Blues Alley Music Society
Richard and Myriam Teje
Ralph Peterson Foist
The Brother Phelps
Billy Joe Walker Jr.
Paul Pimley Trio
Steve Lacy Septet
The United Nations Orchestra
Mahlitini and the Mahetello Queens
Roy Haynes Quartet
Danny Gatton Trio
Dreaming in English
Charles Mingus Reunion Orchestra
Cheat River Outfitters
Fire Ant Records
The Paul Winter Consort
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