NYC-born singer/songwriter Jason Yudoff's soulful voice and percussive keyboard skills carve an original path of funk, pop, rock, and soul with a hip and passionate vibe. He expertly straddles the fine line between the underground and the mainstream - mixing catchy, hook-heavy radio 'singles' with a funky jamband mentality and high-energy rock feel. Jason’s wide range of influences include Jamiroquoi, Stevie Wonder, early Billy Joel, Otis Redding, Dr. John, Stevie Ray Vaughn, King's X, N. Mississippi All-Stars, P-Funk, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, Herbie Hancock, 60's soul, 70's funk, and 80's hard rock.
Both Jason and his 2 studio albums Smoke Sex Water and Tragic Hero were selected to the Official Grammy Ballots in a combined 12 categories, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Jason was also chosen by the Songwriters Hall Of Fame for 2 New Writers Showcases and compilation CD, and has been featured on N.P.R., Next Big Hit, CMJ and Music Connection.Keyboard Magazine calls Jason's music: "Party Music of the Highest Order!", while legendary drummer Carmine Appice says "Great voice, killer keys, interesting grooves... Soulful songs, old school - as they should be!"
Jason has played such varied venues - from Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall to busking in the NYC Subway system. He has rocked from the House of Blues in LA to Highline Ballroom in NYC, from the Al Hussein Cultural Center in Amman, Jordan to the Central Park Summerstage. From the Seattle Kingdome to the Hammerstein Ballroom, in addition to the Knitting Factory, BB King's, Bitter End, Maxwell's et al, not to mention every bar and hotel piano he's seen from Hawaii to Budapest to Colombia to Koln and everywhere in between. He has performed for President George W. Bush, appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" twice, and shared stages with Jimmy Buffet, Dennis De Young, Fuel, 3 Doors Down, Ryan Cabrera. With an 8 piece band including a full horn section, Jason Yudoff & The New Hotness guarantees an high energy electric show that will leave you shaking for days! There just isn't anyone out there with this kind of sound. Jump on board the Jason Yudoff bandwagon at @Yudoverse on all your favorite social networks.