Karl E. H. Seigfried

Primary Instrument: Bass

Born: March 8, 1973    

Karl E. H. Seigfried


Karl E. H. Seigfried is a critically-acclaimed bassist and guitarist deeply involved in Chicago music scene. He has performed and recorded in virtually all musical styles - jazz and classical, country and rock, traditional and avant-garde.

As a bandleader and composer, Karl has led groups featuring Ernest Dawkins, Jimmy Ellis, Nicole Mitchell and Jeff Parker. His recordings as a leader feature the best of Chicago's Young Lions, including Frank Rosaly and Greg Ward.

Karl has performed duets with Bobby McFerrin, Fred Hopkins, Peter Kowald and Nik Turner and played in ensembles fronted by Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Henry Grimes, George Lewis and Bertram Turetzky...
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Jazziz Editor's Choice - Top 10 Album of 2010 (Portrait of Jack Johnson)

DownBeat Four Stars (Portrait of Jack Johnson)

JazzEd New Notable CD Release (Portrait of Jack Johnson)

New York City Jazz Record Editor's Recommended New Release (Portrait of Jack Johnson)

Bass Musician Magazine New and Noteworthy CD Release (Portrait of Jack Johnson)

Diversity in Business Musical Pick of the Season (Portrait of Jack Johnson)

2007 Gallery 37/Downtown Sound Gallery (Chicago)
Composition/performance grant for Blue Rhizome

2006 WNUR-FM (Chicago) Jazz Show
Top 30 by airplay for the year (Criminal Mastermind)
Top 40 by DJ vote for the year (Criminal Mastermind)

2004 WNUR-FM (Chicago) Jazz Show
Top 20 by airplay for the year (Boykin, Seigfried, & Reed)

2003 Austin Chronicle Music Poll
Top 5 Swing Group (Lucky Strikes)
Top 5 Latin Group (Cubano Bop)

2002 Austin Chronicle Music Poll
Top 10 Jazz Group (Sarah Sharp Jazz Quintet)

1995 Jazz Society of Southern California
Jazz Award

1994 Clark Terry International Institute of Jazz Studies
Outstanding Bassist Award
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    Karl 2000

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    Portrait Of Jack Johnson

    Unit Records
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    Karl E. H. Seigfried: Portrait Of Jack Johnson

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    Blue Rhizome

    Imaginary Chicago Records
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    Criminal Mastermind

    Unit Records

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Bobby McFerrin and Karl E. H. Seigfried
"Blue Monk"

Karl E. H. Seigfried - bass
Bobby McFerrin - vocals

Nik Turner and Karl E. H. Seigfried
"One for Lok"

Karl E. H. Seigfried - bass and percussion
Nik Turner - saxophone

Peter Kowald and Karl E. H. Seigfried

Karl E. H. Seigfried - bass
Peter Kowald - bass

Night Flyer

Karl E. H. Seigfried - bass and guitar
Bridget Wishart - vocals and EWI
Detlev Everling - keyboard, horn and drum programming

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A prolific, genre-defying Chicago musician working in and beyond the jazz, rock and classical idioms.
Chicago Weekly

Seigfried has formed collaborations that celebrate diversity and high-level musicianship.
Jazz Institute of Chicago Jazzgram

Seigfried’s got a clear, ringing tone and executes ideas exuberantly.
Madison Isthmus

Jazz fans will recognize Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried from his tenure on acoustic double bass but will be entertained to see his wizardry on electric guitar.
Centerstage Chicago

Some of the innovative jazz musicians who have come to public attention since the early 1990s are David Boykin, Karl E...

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Primary Instrument:Bass

Location:Evanston, IL

Willing to teach:Beginners


After earning degrees in Music Performance from University of California-San Diego and University of Wisconsin-Madison, Karl received his doctorate from University of Texas-Austin. His doctoral dissertation - "At Once Old-Timey and Avant-Garde": The Innovation and Influence of Wilbur Ware - remains the only scholarly work on the great Chicago bassist and was recently cited in Robin D...

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Velvet Strings

1890s Rubner Contrabass (The Rubner Rune Bass)
1980 Kramer Vanguard Bass Guitar
1966 Fender Mustang Fretless Bass Guitar
Epiphone Longhorn Bass Guitar
Ace Frehley Epiphone Les Paul Guitar
Taylor Koa Acoustic Guitar
Melobar Rattler Lap Steel Guitar
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