Jay Anderson

Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Born: October 24, 1955    

Jay Anderson

Bassist/composer Jay Anderson is among the most versatile and respected jazz artists performing today. Born in 1955 in Southern California, Anderson be gan playing acoustic bass at the age of 12. 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....
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”Anderson's lyrical bass solos stood out throughout the concert in their passion and melodic sense”

Chris Lim - Business Times (Signapore)

“Jay Anderson is a flawless section bassist and a fleet full toned uncommonly mobile bassist.”

Leonard Feather-LA Times

“Anderson’s bass frolics, romps, bounces and strides with impeccable precision....”

John Scarborough - Houston Chronicle

“Anderson and Davis, superb musicians who suggested the capacity to dazzle with virtuosity had they so chosen,each took a more selfless approach. The bassist turned in excellent solos, with just enough technique to spice his warm, melodic conception and never played two notes when one would suffice.”

Bob Blumenthal-The Boston Globe

“Mr. Anderson has a melodic sense that effectively shapes his solos and adds subtle touches to his accompaniments.”

John S. Wilson-NY TImes

.....a most imaginative and sympathetic bassist”

The Observer (UK)

“Bassist Anderson plays a monster solo, showing the same care as the other two players in crafting a solo that bends and molds the stuff of the song.”

Mark Kirby-

“Anderson’s solo in Kum Ba Ya is simply magical”

Pat Mavromatis-One Way

“A fine soloist, Anderson’s chorus on Prisoner of Love is quite outstanding. Great ideas, impeccable intonation all over the fingerboard, remarkable rhythmic freedom; he even manages to squeeze Bird’s Cool Blues and Mozart’s 40th into his last eight bars!”

Simon Woolf-Double Bassist Magazine

“Jay’s playing is so melodic. Sometimes when he plays a solo, I wish I could stop playing and just listen.”

Lynne Arriale

“Jay hits a home run every time.”

Red Rodney

“Anderson provides a similarly grand yet gentle structure, filling his deeply resonant solo with strongly melodic elements.”


“Bassist Jay Anderson is the cement to this pyramid that not only solidifies the music but also glows when he expresses deep solos like on the moving closing piece “Twilight.”

Mark F. Turner - all about

“Anderson lives up to his reputation with an omnipresence that fulfils much more than a support role. His ideas contribute significantly to the direction and mood of the music. Regardless of the twists and turns Isaacs takes, Anderson is right there suggesting possibilities and directions.”

Jenny Game-Lopata- Music Forum Magazine

“Jay Anderson is bedrock, unfailingly solid and dependable, with amazing ability as a soloist and a capacity for rhythmic interplay. He isn't just a functional bass player. He's always part of the ensemble while driving it forward.”

Ted Panken - Sept. ‘99

Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Location: New York, NY

Willing to teach: Advanced students only.


Professor of Jazz Bass Studies at Manhattan School Of Music
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