"One of the best evenings of live music I've ever heard. The Jason DeCristofaro Trio last night was absolutely stellar!"
“GREAT day....heard one of the best performances I have EVER heard in "Asheville today by Jason DeCristofaro, Daniel Iannucci, and Micah Thomas, and Calen Gayle on flute. Wonderful playing and tremendous compositions. BRAVO!!!"”
"Sandwiched between those two Sundays was the concert by Bill Bares and Jason DeCristofaro. This had to be one of the best performances we have had in the Jazz Showcase. They were connected and in a groove - that doesn't always happen with musicians - but when it does - it's magical."
““Lulled by the beautiful sounds of the Flower Duet, eyes soon opened wide as percussionist DeCristofaro wheeled onto the stage and plugged in his vibraphone. The instrument looks similar to the xylophone but has added components that produce tantalizing variations in both volume and pitch. As DeCristofaro began playing Fugue from Violin Sonata in G minor (BWV 1001) by J.S. Bach, my eyes, at least, got even bigger. DeCristofaro seemed to negate some type of physical law as he masterfully and inexplicably handled four mallets simultaneously. And the piece he chose to play, a fugue, allowed the audience to experience the full potential of the vibraphone.” Beth Brand (Freelance Journalist and Blogger)”
"Mr. Decristofaro’s class was outstanding! He was organized, articulate and presented material that was clear, understandable and appropriate for the various skill levels in the audience. Jason had a jazz combo with him that day to demonstrate the concepts of comping and improvisation he was describing in his class. This was a nice touch because it brought the pieces to life for us in the audience and he was able to demonstrate performing, comping and improvising in a number of ways: as a soloist; in a trio; in a quartet with a guitarist comping; and with a singer. The students and I enjoyed having him at ASU and look forward to having him come again. I was able to get to know Jason a little more informally over some meals and found him to be a bright, highly energetic and meticulous musician. I highly recommend Jason Decristofaro for a clinic or workshop at your school and if you have any questions feel free to call or email me.
"If you experience anyone wringing their hands over the future of Jazz, get them this CD. Their concerns will quickly be put to rest as they experience four twenty-something musicians weave their magic. Leader Jason DeCristofaro, already an accomplished composer, vibraphonist and Adjunct Professor of Music at Brevard College at age 25, displays serious chops on the vibes while directing his tight knit ensemble. All the soloing is creative and first rate. This CD pays homage to Jazz's rich tradition without being a slave to it, displaying originality and enthusiasm. I had the good fortune to attend this live performance, and this CD captured and restored the excitement for me.
“I was at The White Horse tonight listening to William Bares and Jason DeCristofaro. What a treat these two super fine musicians performing together. Such a great sound combination and so much variation within the combination .......a Wonderful program guys!!! Thank YOU”
"Jason DeCristofaro is in many respects a person after my own heart: a musician, teacher, writer, composer and promoter who works hard to uplift our WNC music scene. He is a bit younger than I am and I appreciate his energetic approach to everything he does. When we play together, his gregarious spirit rubs off on me and some of our best moments happen when we end up throwing caution to the wind. One thing that I REALLY love about playing with Jason is that he is as enthusiastic as I am about the possibilities that open up when you put two percussive, chordal instruments together. The piano-vibes pairing has a rich history in jazz (Milt Jackson / John Lewis; Bobby Hutcherson / Herbie Hancock; Gary Burton / Chick Corea; Joe Locke / Geoff Keezer) We're excited to pay tribute to this great history while throwing in a few originals and other surprises for good measure. Expect the unexpected!"
““Jason is dedicated jazz musician with a great sense of timing who is an adventurous improvisor. Charlie Parker said the two most important things for any musician are on either side of their head - and Jason has great ears. He is also a hip and sweet guy.””
"Jason's presentation of the Bach fugue was absolutely outstanding and even got one of my students asking about performing that on marimba."
"Jason is certainly one of the finest percussionists in WNC and clearly one of the best vibe players. His trio complements and augments his excellent musical ideas. Cool jazz in fine style."
"Twenty-three-year-old mallet percussionist Jason DeCristofaro appears to be that rare breed of musician capable of successfully straddling the worlds of classical and jazz."
"Jason DeCristofaro is a vibraphonist who is inspiring some well known musicians in town and working on some great jazz that is new and inventive."