FRED RANDOLPH was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Though he was exposed to Hawaiian music early through ukelele lessons, his main interest as a child was surfing. In high school he took up the guitar, studying with local jazz guitarist Bill Valdez, and began playing at high school dances while developing a passion for jazz as a sideline.
Moving to San Diego, he studied jazz guitar with Steve O'Connor and composition with Bernard Rands at U.C.S.D., followed by a move to Berkeley where he studied conducting with Michael Senturia at U.C.B. He also at this time took up the saxophone and later the trumpet, studying with Jay Rizzetto at Hayward State University. He studied composition with Frank Larocca and during the course of composing his master's thesis, the string quintet Resurrection, he became fascinated with the sound and possibilities of the acoustic bass. He began studies on the bass with Carl Stanley while still at Hayward State, then continued with Brian Marcus, Alex Glikman, and Frank Tusa, as well as electric bassist Kai Eckhardt. Fred is currently a student of bassist Timothy Spears.
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