"I had no idea Sonya Jason was such a talented artist. Her soprano playing is
sublime. She plays the saxophone like a dream floating on a cloud of magic.
I'm so glad there are analog people like Sonya in this digital world."
"Sonya Jason is a veteran alto saxophonist with a big, passionate sound. At a recent
performance by the Montclair Women's Big Band, she sounded particularly effective,
slicing through the brass-laden band with a swaggering solo."
"File this one under 'pleasant surprise'. Her name is Sonya Jason. Her
long spiraling lines and affectation-free technique were a joy. Jason is a
virtuoso on the soprano sax; she blew out some ferocious licks and wailed
"When people see and hear Sonya for the first time, they get blown away. She's
one of the most dynamic and versatile sax players in the country."
"Her aggressive but not harsh wailing, her musical intelligence and her
innate sense of a song's ebb-and-flow draws some of the best talent in town to
accompany her...If you're a good backup player, you gravitate to where the heat
is, where there's a rising talent in the complicated and humbling music
business. You go to Sonya Jason."
"This female sax player is all guts and no gimmick.
She plays it like she means it."
"Look out world. Here comes Sonya Jason. If her performance tonight is any
indication, Jason should be in line to join the upper echelon of contemporary
jazz musicians. This is music for moderns who want more than emotional
shallowness and ego-driven musicianship. Sonya Jason is the real thing."
"She's a hundred pounds of rompin' stompin' sax. She's so hot her horn
smokes. To hear her is to know her. She tells you everything about herself in
"For those of you who prefer female sax players with names like Rindy (Ross
from the 80's band Quarterflash) and Candy (Dulfer - don't even get us
started), Sonya Jason probably won't be your cup of tea. For those of you who
appreciate people who play their butts off, Jason smashes all hot-sax-diva
stereotypes (there were five at last count) with her sophisticated repertoire and
"The unique thing about Sonya Jason is not that she's a formidable player
of the alto, soprano and sopranino saxes - that's to be expected in this day
and age for up-and-comers - but she writes and arranges, too. And her songs are
more than a few chord changes meant to support endless noodling. She writes
complete songs, melodically driven and harmonically complex. Yet still
"Phil Woods and David Sanborn may be her sax heroes...but when she blew hot
it was the great Gato Barbieri and his scorching sound that came to mind...but
whether she's playing the soprano, alto or clarinet-like sopranino, Jason
blows hot and cool with equal finesse. It's a long, long road, but the
competition better watch out; Sonya Jason is clearly aboard a self-propelled bullet