Born in Houma, Louisiana, saxophone player Jason Parfait was always surrounded by musicians in his family. Both of his parents were vocalists and his father was an avid guitar player. During his school age years, Jason was always involved with the school band and then at age 17 began his professional career, with his step-father, in the Bourre’ Band. This beginning led to his participation and recordings with Treater, Don Rich, Foret Tradition, and his involvement and contributions with over 60 albums.
With Jason’s passion for the saxophone, his influences include Junior Walker, King Curtis, Jon Smith (Edgar Winter’s White Trash, Toto, and Doobie Brothers), Johnny Colla (Huey Lewis and the News), Lenny Pickett (Tower of Power), Richard Elliot, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright…..and the list goes on. With such a wide range of musical interests and with this variety of exposure, Jason has the talent and ability to play any style of music.
Some of his accomplishments include his performance for the Miss USA pageant with Marc Broussard, and his featuring at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for 3 years. One of the highlights of his career was performing with Percy Sledge as well as appearing in two movies, The Badge and Happy, Here and Now. With an extensive list of contributions to known talent, Jason has worked with musicians such as TK Hulin, GG Shinn, Johnnie Allan, Jivin’ Gene, Joe Barry, Tommy Mclain, Jerry LaCroix, Warren Storm, Willie Tee, The Fabulous Boogie Kings, Wayne Toups, T Graham Brown, Ray Boudreaux, and Marc Broussard, Morgan James, Harry Connick Jr, The Drifters, The Temptations, and country supergroup Little Big Town. By far, his biggest accomplishment has been being able to primarily make a living in the music business!
With his most recent venture, the 504 Horns, Jason has performed numerous shows with Marc Broussard, New Orleans Karma, and recorded an album with Ray Boudreaux from Season 5 of NBC’s popular TV show “The Voice”. The 504 Horns have also recorded on the latest Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition album “From the Heart”, as well as Marc Broussard’s new album “SOS II, Soul on a Mission”.
Jason is a father of four children who are also inclined to the arts: Jason Michael Parfait (saxophone), Nathan Parfait (sings), Kerrie Parfait (saxophone), and Kaylee Parfait (sings and dances, and saxophone). Much to be proud of!
Jason performs an average of 150 show per year with a continued list of seasoned bands and musicians, including Marc Broussard, The Mixed Nuts, Travis Thibodaux Band, Groovy7, New Orleans Karma, Ross Grisham, and Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition. Recently, he has begun his long time goal of completing his first solo album.