Jason Olaine – Artistic Director – Yoshi's San Francisco, Talent Buyer – George Wein's Newport Jazz Festival & CareFusion New York Jazz Festival, Independent Producer, General Manager – Monterey Jazz Festival Records

Jason Olaine, Yoshi's San Francisco, Monterey Jazz Festival Records, George Wein's Newport 55 Jazz Festival


Jason Olaine has been a leader in a wide variety of music-related activities. From 1993-1999 he was Artistic Director of Yoshi’s in the Bay Area, where he helped usher the nightclub into prosperity and national acclaim. In 1999 he was then hired at Verve Records in New York City as Director of A&R and Staff Producer. While at Verve, Olaine won a Grammy for producing Directions in Music by Herbie Hancock/Michael Brecker/Roy Hargove and was nominated for producing John Scofield’s uberjam and Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor. He also executive produced Michael Brecker’s last Grammy-winning large ensemble record, Wide Angles & co-produced the multi-million selling Verve Remixed series, where established and up-and-coming DJs and producers re-mixed classic songs by such legends as Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. He also signed songwriter Jesse Harris, who wrote Norah Jones’ breakthrough hit “Don’t Know Why,” the electro-pop group Brazilian Girls, jam drummer Stanton Moore and saxophonist Chris Potter. In 2006 Olaine was hired as General Manager of Monterey Jazz Festival Records, and charged with overseeing the digitization and monetization of the storied festival’s 50 year archive and bringing such performances by Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck and Dizzy Gillespie to market. He is currently the Artistic Director of Yoshi’s San Francisco; Artistic Director and talent buyer for George Wein’s Jazz Festival 55 in Newport, the nation’s oldest jazz festival and GM of MJF Records. Up until this past November, he was the head of programming for Festival Network. He is currently finishing up the debut record JAZZ for Disney Records due out in July 2009 which features Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Regina Carter, Roy Hargrove, The Bad Plus, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Marco Benevento, and Sasha Dobson, among others. He also produced trumpeter Mark Rapp’s recently released 2009 album, Token Tales.