Elliot Mason (Trombone) was born in England in 1977 and began trumpet lessons at age four with his father. At age seven, he switched his focus from trumpet to trombone. At 11 years old, he was performing in various venues, concentrating on jazz and improvisation. By 16, Mason left England to join his brother Brad Mason at the Berklee College of Music on a full tuition scholarship. He has won the following awards: Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Soloist (under 25) Award, the prestigious Frank Rosolino Award, the International Trombone Association’s Under 29 Jazz Trombone competition, and Berklee’s Slide Hampton Award in recognition of outstanding performance abilities. He moved to New York City after graduation and in 2008, Mason joined Northwestern University’s faculty as the jazz trombone instructor. Mason has performed with Count Basie Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau. A member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 2006, Mason also continues to co-lead the Mason Brothers Quintet with his brother. The Mason Brothers released their debut album, Two Sides, One Story in 2011.