Mason Razavi is a jazz guitarist, composer/arranger, educator, and recording artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His albums have earned praise from critics while charting in the U.S. and receiving radio play internationally. Razavi has been described as a "thoughtful player and composer that offers the listener an introspective experience of deeper meaning" by Jazz Times. He maintains a busy performance schedule and has played on numerous stages from small clubs to theaters and festivals.
Razavi began studying jazz and playing in working rock bands as a teenager before attending the Berklee College of Music. There he studied jazz composition, commercial arranging, music production, and various guitar styles, while off campus he played in a hard-charging blues-rock band that would win a competition to record in a professional studio for the first time. After graduation he changed directions dramatically and devoted himself to the classical guitar for several years, but ultimately he returned to focus on jazz guitar and composition. His diverse background has led him to a number of musical settings from classical recitals to musical theater, and backing up pop singers of different stripes. Today he is a working jazz artist/educator who has channelled these expereinces into a unique voice as a player and composer.
Razavi's albums include a catalog of ambitious original compositions for classical guitar as well as jazz compositions for his quartet and nonet. He has also written music for various classical/orchestral settings and has worked as a freelance arranger and producer.
An avid educator, Razavi has been on the music faculty at De Anza College, West Valley College, and Mission College. He maintains a busy private teaching schedule, and has been a clinician as well as a participant in music education outreach programs. Razavi holds holds a M.A. in Jazz Studies from San Jose State University and a B.M. from the Berklee College of Music where he majored in Contemporary Writing and Production. He has studied in private lessons or masterclasses with Mimi Fox, John Stowell, Tuck Andress, Corey Christiansen, Henry Johnson, Jason Vieaux, John Damien, and Rick Vandivier among others.