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ACM is pleased to confirm that legendary bass guitarist Jeff Berlin will be visiting Guildford to deliver a bass masterclass session on Tuesday 4th March. The ticketed session will take place in Room 14 of ACM’s Rodboro Building between 4-6pm.
Tickets for this masterclass session are extremely limited and will be made available at ACM’s Student Relations hatch in the Rodboro Buildings.
About Jeff Berlin
“A flexible and powerful electric bassist, Jeff Berlin was one of the major fusion bassist to emerge during the mid-’70s.”
For over forty years Jeff’s innovative approach to the electric bass can be heard on dozens of recordings and in performances with an unprecedented array of diverse artists. From Jazz/Fusion virtuosos such as Allan Holdsworth, Bill Bruford, Larry Coryell, Yes, Billy Cobham, Scott Henderson, Dennis Chambers, John McLaughlin, and Michael and Randy Brecker, Jeff has established himself as one of the world’s most influential bass players.
After a short stint at the Berklee College of Music, Jeff began performing with guitar legend Pat Martino, and Yes keyboard player Patrick Moraz continuing to develop his reputation as a versatile and dynamic player with exceptional sight-reading skills. Before long he’d gained the attention of Bill Bruford after the release of Swiss keyboard virtuoso Patrick Moraz’s landmark record “The Story of i”, which featured Jeff’s legendary proficiency, which led to his role in “The Bruford Band”, where for a period in the late ’70’s he recorded four albums with the legendary drummer along with Allan Holdsworth and Dave Stewart.
“The best bass player I ever heard.”
During this time Jeff also kept a very active schedule with session and club date work with jazz luminaries such as George Benson, Pat Martino, Larry Coryell, Gil Evans, David Liebman, Toots Thielemans, Pee Wee Ellis, Al DiMeola, Earl Klugh, Bob James among others. He established himself as a top-tier session player in NY before relocating to Los Angeles where he performed with renowned guitarists Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale. While on the west coast Jeff performed with Frank Zappa, and notably turned down an offer to join Van Halen, as Eddie Van Halen was incredibly impressed with Jeff’s talents.
Jeff Berlin continues to tour and record throughout the world, his style, technical proficiency and musicianship influencing the newest generation of players.
For more information about Jeff Berlin visit his website.