Considered one of the top bassists in jazz today, Essiet Essiet first received critical acclaim over a decade ago in Bobby Watson's group Horizon. Born in Nebraska to Nigerian parents, he began studying violin at age10 and switched to bass viol at 14. As a child, he traveled widely with his family and that early exposure to many cultures, folk- ways, languages, and religions fostered his world view of strength through diversity.
Some musicians are purists, says Essiet, but I like to mix styles. Essiet was Art Blakey's last bassist, playing with him for 2 years and on 3 CDs. He's also performed with Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Benny Golson, and the Blue Note All-Stars, to name a few. Essiet also leads IBO, a Nigerian jazz project.
August 21, 2007
Mychelle Colleary, David Budway, Mayra Casales, Essiet Essiet, Sylvia...
April 14, 2007
Mychelle Colleary, David Budway, Essiet Essiet, Montez Coleman at...
February 16, 2006
Michiel Borstlap / Essiet Essiet / Jeff Tain Watts - Live in New York
July 06, 2004
Essiet Essiet & IBO w/ Rob Scheps, Gene Jackson in NYC This Week