University of Arizona
University of Arizona


Jason R Carder

Assistant Professor, Music

School of Music

Trumpeter Jason Carder’s dynamic personality and nimble talent allow him to move fluidly from intimate jazz clubs to concert stages before audiences of thousands. As Yanni’s solo trumpeter since 2008, Carder has performed all over the world as well as record four live DVD’s. Yanni Voices Live at the Forum at Mundo Imperial, Yanni Live at El Morro, Yanni World Without Borders and Dream Concert at the Pyramids of Giza.

          Throughout his career, Jason has toured with a diverse lineup of artists including Maria Schneider, Ray Charles, Woody Herman Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval Big Band, the Jaco Pastorius (Word of Mouth) Big Band, Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra Jr., K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Dr. John, The Toasters, Carlos Oliva y Los Sobrino’s del Juez, Magnum Band, Tabou Combo, The Original Wildcat Jass Band, Anatoly Vapirov Big Band and the H2 Big band. 

He has contributed his talent to over 125 C.D.’s including the 2023 Latin Grammy winner for best instrumental album, Made in Miami. Other notable C.D.’s include Arturo Sandoval’s Rumba Palace, Americana, and the Grammy Award-winning Hot House, Latin Grammy winner Mamblue by Ed Calle, Grammy nominated Sky Blue by Maria Schneider and others with the 14 Jazz Orchestra, Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Michael Bolton, Julian Marley, Gloria Estefan, Wyclef Jean, Placido Domingo, and the Bee Gees. His soundtrack credits include There’s Something About Mary, Studio 54, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

         Jason studied music at University of Miami, Interlochen Arts Academy, Banff Center for the Arts, and Aspen Music Festival. He chaired the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Improvisation Competition from 2015-2020 and now holds a position at the Fred Fox School of Music as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet. His other positions include principal trumpet with the Tucson Pops Orchestra and 1st trumpet with the Century Room Jazz Orchestra. His mentors include Steve Steele, Whit Sidener and Gilbert Johnson.