Ari Lehman is the actor/singer who has the unique honor of having played the role of the First Jason Voorhees in the Paramount
Classic Horror Film Friday the 13th (1980). Ari got the call to play Jason Voorhees in "Friday the 13th" from Sean S. Cunningham
himself, who famously asked him "Can you swim?", Ari replied "Yes!" and the rest is Horror History. The original "Boy In The Lake"
himself, Ari played a crucial role in the film's famous final scene, in which he suddenly emerges from the icy waters of Crystal Lake. Working with Special Effects Master Tom Savini at an early age gave Ari a deep appreciation for the Horror Greats including Lon
Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. Since 2009, Ari records and tours the US and Europe with his Horror Rock Band, First Jason Official based in Chicago.
Ari trained in Classical music and Jazz Piano and was presented with an All-State Award for Excellence in Jazz Piano and a generous scholarship to Berklee School of Music by the famous jazz educator, Dr. Billy Taylor. Ari's music career led him to become a prominent touring Keyboardist for some of the top names in Reggae and African including Bob Marley's own Tuff Gong Records and Interscope Records.
Ari became a regular on the Horror Convention Circuit, and immediately saw a great opportunity to give Jason Voorhees a musical
voice on the Punk and Metal scene. Ari proceeded to draw upon his 20 years' experience as a professional musician and recording
artist and created First Jason specifically for Horror Fans, especially the fans of Jason Voorhees and "Friday the 13th".
First Jason has performed at Horrorhound Weekend, Fangoria, Weekend of Horrors, Rock And Shock, Days of the Dead, and
Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con well as The Milwaukee Metal Massacre, SAVAGEFEST, The Whisky A Go-Go, and many of
the top Punk/Metal venues throughout the US. First Jason has performed concerts in Spain, France and Germany and at The Fantasy Horror Awards in Orvieto, Italy.
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