Will Lyle is a bandleader, upright and electric bassist, composer, arranger, producer, and teacher from Orange County, California and based in Los Angeles.
Born in 1994 in Los Angeles, Will showed a passion for music from an early age. He began studying cello at age 3 ,and played drums, guitar and piano throughout childhood before settling on the electric bass at age 12. As a producer and beat maker in his high school years, he released his first commercial work at the age of 16. At 18, he began his studies at Berklee College of Music. During the summer of his freshman year, he started playing the upright bass and delved into studying jazz music.
In the summer of 2017, he toured with GRAMMY award-winning drummer Billy Kilson's quartet in Japan.
He has also performed as a sideman for bandleaders such as Jacques Lesure, Ameet Kanon (American Idol 2016), Mikan Zlatkovich, Andrea Miller, and Barry Farrar of San Diego's KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM. He has been fortunate to play in groups featuring Roy McCurdy, Ron Escheté, Doug Webb, Rob Mullins, Akikazu Nakamura, and Marvin Smitty Smith. In Boston, Will has been fortunate to perform with Simon Moullier, Anthony Fung (both Thelonious Monk Institute 2016 participants), Charles Overton, John Lee, Utako Toyama’s SkyBridge project, and many others. Lyle has recording credits with Alexander Anderson (on albums Space Bop and Eternity of Being), Matt Stubbs, Erich Johnson, and Nate Guinto. He has performed at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, The Mint in Los Angeles, Mister Kelly's in Osaka, Electric Jinja in Tokyo, and many other venues.