Jazz trombonist Elliot Mason was born in Norwich, England, and began trumpet lessons with his father at age four. At seven, struck with curiosity about his father’s trombone, he switched his focus from the trumpet. By 11, Mason was already performing as a trombonist in dance halls, theaters, clubs, and pubs, covering all styles of music but concentrating primarily on jazz and improvisation. At 15, he won the national Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Soloist Under 25 Award, and after entering alternate age categories the next year with his brother, Brad, as the Mason Brothers, he won the national competition a second time. By 16, Mason left England to join Brad at Berklee, where he met and studied with Hal Crook and Phil Wilson, among others.
Winner of numerous awards for his outstanding trombone performance abilities, Mason graduated from Berklee in 1996 and moved to New York City, where he distinguished himself as a respected and highly in-demand trombone and bass trumpet player. In 2007, he was invited to become a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) directed by Wynton Marsalis. While continuing to perform with the JLCO, he also leads the Mason Brothers Quintet with Brad. As a jazz trombone instructor, he has been a part of Northwestern University's faculty since 2008 and a part of New York University's faculty since 2011.