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
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