Lion City Youth Jazz Festival 2018 Workshop Series: Jay Anderson - Bass Playing For All Seasons
22 May 2018, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
The Lion City Youth Jazz Festival is an annual
youth-musician-focused learning and immersion programme, comprising 6 days of
intensive rehearsals, workshops and a final concert on the last day, under the
guidance of international jazz legends and prominent professional jazz
musicians. This year’s workshop series will feature 5-time Grammy award-winning
Trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker from the United States; Bassist and
composer Jay Anderson (US); Lewis Nash (US-Drums); Antonio Hart (US-Saxophone);
Tom Walsh (Trumpet-UK).
Bassist/composer Jay Anderson is among the most
versatile and respected jazz artists performing today. Born in Southern
California, Anderson began playing acoustic bass at the age of twelve.
Throughout junior high, high school, and college, Anderson won numerous awards
for excellence in both jazz and classical music. One week after receiving a
Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from California State University at Long
Beach, Anderson was asked to join the Woody Herman Orchestra. After touring
with the “Herd” for a year, he was called by Carmen McRae and performed with
the legendary singer for the next two years.
In 1982 Anderson made the decision to move to New
York City. Since moving East, he has continued to perform and record with some
of the most important names in jazz. Anderson has been a regular member in the
bands of Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan, Michael Brecker, Toots Thielemans,
Maria Schneider, Vic Juris, Bob Mintzer, Michael Franks, Eliane Elias, Bennie
Wallace, Lew Tabackin, Steve Khan, Lynne Arriale, Stanley Cowell, and was with
Joe Sample from 1992 to 2006.
Anderson takes pride in his versatility and
openness to different types of music. He has been featured on over 400
recordings, including work with Paul Bley, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg, Mike Stern,
Jim McNeely, John Scofield, Seamus Blake, Oz Noy, Adam Nussbaum, John
Abercrombie, Donald Byrd, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Terumasa
Hino, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Tony Lakatos, Tim Hagans, Jamie Baum, Dave Pietro,
Mark Soskin, Frank Wess, Lee Konitz, Donny McCaslin, Anat Cohen, Warren
Bernhardt, Frank Kimbrough, Dave Stryker, Steve Slagle, Garry Dial, Dick Oatts,
Andy LaVerne, Walt Weiskopf, Phil Markowitz, Steve Wilson, Joe Locke, Joey
Calderazzo, Scott Robinson, Bob Sheppard, Dave Pike, Blue Mitchell, Harold
Land, Tiger Okoshi, George Cables, Russ Kassoff, Ivan Lins, Jay Clayton, Sheila
Jordan, Lalah Hathaway, Judy Niemack, Houston Person, Rich Perry, David Witham,
Charles Blenzig, Jeremy Monteiro, Yosuke Yamashita, Mark Isaacs, and many
others. He has performed with the big bands of Kenny Wheeler, Bob Mintzer, Bob
Belden, Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, WDR Köln
(guest performer), HR Frankfurt Radio (guest performer), Ryan Truesdell's Gil
Evans Project (winner of a 2012 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement
(Gil Evans) and the Jazz Journalists Association 2013 awards for Record
of the Year and Large Ensemble of the Year) and the
critically acclaimed Maria Schneider Orchestra whose 2004 release “Concert In
The Garden” won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.
He also performed on Maria's 2007 release "Sky Blue" that won a
Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition, "Cerulean
Skies" (Maria Schneider). More recently Jay was featured on Maria's 2015
release "The Thompson Fields" that won a Grammy for Best Large
Jazz Ensemble Album, and on David Bowie's "Sue (Or In A Season Of
Change)" that won a Grammy for Best Arrangement (Maria
Anderson has also done numerous jingles and
non-jazz recordings with David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Terre Roche, Tom Waits,
Chaka Khan, Michel Legrand, legendary poet Allen Ginsberg, and the Grammy Award
winning 1997 Record of the Year “Falling Into You” by
Celine Dion. He has performed with classical legends Van Cliburn, Sir Neville Marriner
and has been a guest with the Atlanta Symphony conducted by Robert Spano
(performing/recording "Oceana" by Osvaldo Golijov featuring Luciana
Souza). He was a featured performer (along with Frank Kimbrough and Scott
Robinson) with the Australian Chamber Orchestra featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Their recording of Maria Schneider's "Winter Morning Walks" won 2014
Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Maria
Schneider), Best Classical Vocal Solo (Dawn Upshaw) and Best
Engineered Classical Album (David Frost, Brian Losch & Tim Martyn).
He has also recorded with critically acclaimed Prism Saxophone Quartet.
In addition to being a highly sought-after sideman,
Anderson is a proven voice in his own right. His two original recordings on the
DMP label, “NEXT EXIT” and “LOCAL COLOR” have received critical
acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad. Jay currently co-leads the critically
acclaimed group BANN featuring Seamus Blake, Oz Noy and Adam Nussbaum.
Anderson has been the recipient of the NEA grant
for composition and two Meet the Composer grants. More than twenty of the
recordings he has been featured on have been nominated for the Grammy Award. He
has conducted clinics around the world and is a Professor of Jazz Bass Studies
at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
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