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Published:October 31st, 2006 09:37 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Ari Lehman, First Jason Friday the 13th

Judyth Piazza chats with Ari Lehman, First Jason Friday the 13th

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

FIRSTJASON, a punk project by Ari Lehman, who played the first Jason Voorhees in the horror cult classic, "Friday the 13th" (1980) has emerged as a force in Horror Rock. Punk rock, inspired by the Dead Kennedys and The Misfits, punctuated with searing guitar, edgy bass lines, and hard-hitting drums, are masterfully blended by this superb singer, songwriter, and keyboardist.

A native New Yorker, Ari grew up in Westport, CT, where he trained in classical music and jazz piano. Recognized at an early age for his musical abilities, Ari was presented with an award for pianistic excellence and a scholarship to Berklee School of Music by jazz great, Dr. Billy Taylor. Also actively engaged in performance and theatre, Ari snuck into an audition for a new movie, "Manny`s Orphan`s", directed by Sean S. Cunnngham. This role led to Ari getting the call for "Friday the 13th" - and the rest is history.

Ari returned to New York City where he studied jazz piano in its breeding ground with Joanne Brackeen and enrolled in NYU studying big band orchestration and jazz piano with Jim McNeely and Vladmir Shafranov.

A seasoned recording artist and professional musician, Ari already received acclaim with his world rock and reggae band, Ari Ben Moses Band, when upon moving to Chicago in late 2002, he (after long laying quiet about his 1980 role) was "discovered" by horror fans who actively sought his attention.

In response to their enthusiasm, Ari drew upon his 20 years` experience as a professional musician and recording artist and created FIRSTJASON specifically for Horror Fans, especially the fans of Jason Voorhees and "Friday the 13th".

FIRSTJASON has performed in clubs, festivals, and conventions throughout the Chicago area. The engaging showmanship and superior musicianship have consistently received enthusiastic response and have developed a strong following.

ARI LEHMAN has appeared in E!, Entertainment Weekly, Blender Magazine, Chicago Reader, Illinois Entertainer, and signings nationwide. In November 2005, he was the FIRST JASON VOORHEES to visit Hamburg, Germany. This year, he will appear at Collectormania G-Mex in Manchester, England.

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