Eric C. Ajaye (Bass)

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Bassist from the USA has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Benny Maupin, Taj Mahal, Bob Sedegreen, Nancy Wilson, Osamu Kitajima, The Pointer Sisters, Todd Cochran, Barry White and the Jazz Tap Ensemble and many others.
In Los Angeles, California he was involved in the recording industry doing sessions for television shows, commercials, records/CD's and movies.
He has recorded albums / CDs with Chaka Khan, Bill Cosby, Kid Frost, Osamu Kitajima, Llew Matthews, Jerry Kalaf, Todd Cochran and Whendae.
Eric majored in Bass at Columbia University, New York and California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California where he studied with Buell Neidlinger.
He taught at the Bass Institute of Technology, Hollywood, California and was a Jazz Clinician at various colleges and universities working with the Jazz Tap Ensemble.


EXTENDED RESUME

BASSES COVERED:
Upright - Fretted - Fretless - Synthesizer Bass.

Active studio bass player, composer and teacher.

EDUCATION:
Majored in Bass at Columbia University, New York and California Institue of the Arts, Valencia, California where he studied with Buell Neidlinger

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Taught at Bass Institue of Technology, Hollywood, California.
Jazz Clinician at various colleges and universities working with the Jazz Tap Ensemble.


PERFORMANCE CREDITS

POP / R&B:

  • BARRY WHITE
  • THE POINTER SISTERS
  • TAJ MAHAL
  • KID FROST
  • DOUG MACLEOD BAND
  • MARILYN MCCOO AND BILLY DAVIS JR.
  • THE BUDDAHEADS

JAZZ:

  • FREDDIE HUBBARD
  • BENNY MAUPIN
  • JAZZ TAP ENSEMBLE
  • OSAMU KITAJIMA
  • GEORGE HOWARD
  • TODD COCHRAN

VOCALISTS:

  • NANCY WILSON
  • DELLA REESE

ALBUMS / CDs

  • CHAKA KHAN ... "CHAKA KHAN'S GREATEST HITS VOL. 1"
  • BILL COSBY ... "DISCO BILL"
  • KID FROST ... "EASTSIDE STORY" (AIN'T NO SUNSHINE used in movie "AN AMERICAN ME")
  • OSAMU KITAJIMA ... "FACE TO FACE", "CALIFORNIA ROLL"
  • LLEW MATTHEWS ... "ONE 4 L.A."
  • JERRY KALAF ... "TRIO MUSIC"
  • TODD COCHRAN ... "MELROSE PLACE JAZZ"
  • WHENDAE ... "UNUSUAL WAY"
  • JOE LOUIS WALKER ... "COLD IS THE NIGHT", "BLUE SOUL"
  • DOUG MACLEOD BAND ... "AIN'T THE BLUES EVIL", "WOMAN IN THE STREET", "54TH AND VERMONT", "NO ROAD BACK HOME"
  • STEFANO SABATINI ... "SABATINI"
  • CHRIS THOMAS ... "CRY OF THE PROPHETS"
  • TERRY GLENNY ... "DREAM WORLD"
  • DONNELLAN, BOCCI, ROBE ... "VANISHING VOICES"
  • KEITH PATRICK ... "ALL MY LOVE"
  • CHIC STREETMAN ... "BE YOSELF", "BEAUTIFUL"
  • CHRISTINE LAKELAND ... "FIREWORKS"
  • FRANKIE LEE ... "THE LADIES AND THE BABIES"
  • PEE WEE CRAYTON ... "EARLY HOURS"

TELEVISION SOUNDTRACKS: (played bass on...)

  • FORTUNE HUNTERS
  • THE ROBERT TOWNSHEND SHOW
  • HILLSTREET BLUES
  • T.J. HOOKER
  • MIKE HAMMER

TELEVISION COMMERCIALS: (played bass on...)

  • NIKE
  • COCA - COLA
  • MINUTE MAID
  • BUDWEISER
  • BUD BOWL
  • MCDONALDS
  • SKITTLES
  • MILLER BEER AND GENUINE DRAFT
  • GEO
  • HONDA
  • LINCOLN MERCURY (orchestra bassist)
  • PONTIAC
  • SKITTLES
  • AT&T
  • TROPICANA TWISTER
  • NIKE BASEBALL (MICHAEL JORDAN / SPIKE LEE)
  • B.F. GOODRICH
  • CAMEL (European - orchestra bass)
  • TONE SOAP
  • MATCHLIGHT CHARCOAL
  • COLORADO TOURISM
  • KNORR SOUP (Japan)
  • KIKOMAN (Japan)
  • FRITO - LAY.........(and many more....)

PLACES PERFORMED:

  • CARNEGIE HALL
  • PHILHARMONIC HALL
  • J.F.K. CENTRE, WASHINGTON D.C.
  • HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
  • THE DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION
  • THE VILLAGE GATE, NEW YORK
  • INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JAZZ EDUCATORS (IAJE)
  • NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
  • SEDONA JAZZ FESTIVAL
  • BERKELEY JAZZ FESTIVAL
  • UTRECHT FESTIVAL, HOLLAND
  • SAN JOSE JAZZ FESTIVAL
  • TRI - C JAZZ FESTIVAL, CLEVELAND, OHIO
  • SANTA BARBARA JAZZ FESTIVAL
  • PEER RHYTHM AND BLUES FESTIVAL
  • FESTIVAL GUITARE, BELGIUM

Extensive travel throughout Europe, Asia, Central Ameriaca and South America performing in Festivals and Concert Halls.

HAVE PERFORMED WITH: (in various playing situations i.e. recording dates, TV commercials, shows, concerts, clubs etc...)

  • GARY BARTZ
  • JEREMY STEIG
  • SONNY STITT
  • TOM SCOTT
  • HAMPTON HAWES
  • BILLY CHILDS
  • VICTOR FELDMAN
  • HARVEY MASON
  • BENNY POWELL
  • VERNELL BROWN JR
  • GREG BISSONETTE
  • CHESTER THOMPSON
  • JAMES MORRISON
  • DON BURROWS
  • GREGORY HINES
  • BUZZY FEITEN
  • JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON
  • GEORGE HARMONICA SMITH (and more....)

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