Bassist, Songwriter, Composer/Arranger


jeffrey washBiography

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I’m one of the lucky ones - I get to play music for a living. Music is a phenomenon that’s always in motion and it takes me many places… when the gig is over I come home to the Santa Cruz area of California. I basically started out as a self-taught bassist, playing Rock n Roll in bars before I was old enough to drink. In my mid-twenties I went back to school and got a ‘formal’ music education – broke some bad habits, learned how to read, write and speak a broader musical language.

I have always listened to and been inspired by a wide range of music – from Orchestral to Punk, Bluegrass to Gamelan, Heavy Metal to Country, if the song is honest then it’s music to my ears. I have had the good fortune to be able to work with people I admire and respect in many different musical styles. Some are famous, some are not – Lou Harrison, Thomas Dolby, Glen Frey, Rob Lamothe, Huey Lewis, Samba Ngo, Glen Campbell, Bruce Kaphan, Vivian Campbell… check out my credits page for a complete list. Every musician who’s ever written a bio knows that it’s an asset to have the credibility of “famous names” on their credits list. But for me it isn’t just about the added credibility that goes along with name dropping; I consider myself lucky to have worked with the people on my credits list because I have learned something from each experience that has made me a better musician – and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.

In addition to working as a freelance bassist, I’m currently racking up a lot of frequent flyer miles as Music Director for the Bill Hopkins Band, one of the San Francisco Bay areas premiere special event bands - great players, great people, a truly fun gig! In between road trips I record with and arrange for other composers & songwriters (see discography/credits) while continuing to work on my own original songs and instrumental compositions.


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