Justin Hellman

The sound of Justin Hellman’s ensemble has evolved over time. “It writhes -- with the fresh blood of locals Justin Hellman on bass and Eric Vogler on guitar” (SF Chronicle 8-05), who have been creating, performing, and arranging together for several years, developing an approach that is exciting and fresh while rooted in the jazz tradition. With influences like Pat Metheny, John Scofield, and Wayne Shorter, the group strives for a dynamic sound that carries a great deal of tension and release yet also possesses an element of lyricism.

Justin Hellman was born on March 25, 1980 in Chicago, IL, and he spent his childhood in Northbrook, IL. At age 16, his friends convinced him to pick up the electric bass so that they could form a band. Within 3 months the band, Vision Route, was performing for 2000 people at their high school’s Loyalty Day assembly. They performed rock covers as well as some of their own songs, which were the first tunes Justin ever wrote.

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“I Like it” Chuy Varela- KCSM 91.1

“this weekly jam session… writhes -- with the fresh blood of locals Justin Hellman on bass and Khalil Doak-Anthony on guitar, among many unsigned others.. “ Daniel King- SF Chronicle.

“Justin Hellman is an inspiration on bass. He's a tasteful musician who knows his behemoth of an instrument doesn't have to be loud or busy in order to have presence.” Stephen Smith- Purgatory is a Cat.

“Tangria Jazz Group performs as a conventional rhythm section trio, wheher they cover standards ike “Freedom Jazz Dance” (which features bassist Justin Hellman's break-out solo, the high point of their version)...” Bill Donaldson, Cadence Magazine
”Justin Hellman adds a solid heartbeat on bass.” Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

”Excellent bass is provided courtesy of Justin Hellman, with a mix of walking basslines and some inspired solos.” Adam Greenberg, All Music

”Teach Yourself To Live Elsewhere is the first song

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oakland, CA

Willing to teach



Justin has been teaching private bass, piano, and music theory lessons for 8 years, and he has worked with students from ages 4 to 65. His method is a little different with each student since he takes into account each person’s abilities and interests, but he always finds a way to include some reading, technique, theory, ear training, and something that’s fun to play. He has also taught workshops at the Berkeley Jazz School on Jaco Pastorius and Miles Davis

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