Sandy Eldred Sandy Eldred

Sandy Eldred is an internationally acclaimed bassist, improviser, recording artist, composer, and music educator currently living in Philadelphia, PA. Eldred is known for his inventiveness and command across music genres. He is proud to be represented by LabelWhoAble.

Eldred is a member of large ensembles: Norman David and the Eleventet, Jamal Jones’ Bureau of Sonic Wonderland, Ian O’Beirne’s Slowbern, and the Earl Phillips Big Band. He has also played with the South Philly Big Band, the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, Matt Gallagher’s Philly Big Band, and Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound under the direction of Muhal Richard Abrams.

Eldred is a co-founder of U.S.E. Trio (Urbina, Scarano, Eldred), Many Mansions, and Mars Apes, member of the Bogdan Gumenyuk Quartet, Michael Hudson-Casanova Sextet, and leader of the Sandy Eldred Trio.

As an educator, Eldred offers lessons, masterclasses, and workshops. Eldred received a Masters Degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He has taught students at various universities in the United States, Canada, and Ukraine.


”Sandy Eldred immediately draws attention to the extreme expressiveness of his game, which is usually unusual for double bass players, whose role most of the time is limited to the function of the rhythm section. In between sets, I decided to check my suspicions. In fact, it turned out that Sandy, in his creative career, leads a trio (U.S.E. Trio) performing music close to free jazz, or, as he calls it, energy music.”

-Александр Юдин (Jazz Bez 2019)

Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic



Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Eldred has administered workshops, masterclasses, and lessons at the following institutions: The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) Settlement School of Music (Philadelphia, PA) Camden County College (Camden, NJ) The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA) McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) Zhytomyr Music College (Zhytomyr, Ukraine) Berdychiv Music School (Berdychiv, Ukraine) Lviv National Music Academy (Lviv, Ukraine) Vinnitsa College of Culture and Arts (Vinnitsia, Ukraine) Kharkiv National Kotlyarevsky University of Arts (Kharkiv, Ukraine) Dnipropetrovsk State Music College (Dnipro, Ukraine) Krivorizhke The Regional Musical College (Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine) Mykolaiv State Higher School of Music (Mykolaiv, Ukraine) Cherkasy Musical College (Cherkasy, Ukraine) All Music Is Jazz Festival (Kiev, Ukraine)

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Albums by Sandy Eldred

Album U.S.E. Trio - Sideways Circle LIVE by Sandy Eldred

U.S.E. Trio -...


Album Slowbern - Dreams of Daedalus by Sandy Eldred

Slowbern - Dreams of...

Ian O'Beirne & Slowbern

Mars Apes

Mars Apes

Sandy Eldred
Mars Apes


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