Zephyr Culbertson Adee grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, beginning piano lessons at age 8, and violin lessons shortly thereafter. At age 11 he switched to upright bass, taking lessons from his father and simultaneously playing in his school orchestra. At age 14, he began playing with Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. He continued to perform with this ensemble throughout his high school years, studying classical bass performance with Michael Taddei, and eventually assumed principal chair. In addition to his classical studies, Zephyr began playing jazz through his high school music program as well as various summer workshops (Golden Gate Bass Camp, Britt Institute Jazz Camp), including virtuosic classical instructors such as David Murray and Barry Green, and highly acclaimed jazz instructors such as John Clayton and Robert Hurst. He continued to study privately with Barry Green at Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, where he received bachelor’s degrees in both Music and Philosophy. During his undergraduate years, Zephyr’s interest in jazz (and styles of music relating to jazz) flourished, as he studied with Karlton Hester (a student of Joe Henderson). He made his mark on the student music scene in Santa Cruz, playing at venues such as the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, The Catalyst, and many others. Zephyr is currently establishing himself in the Los Angeles music scene, while simultaneously pursuing a masters degree at CalArts in Jazz Bass Performance under the tutelage of Charlie Haden, Darek Oleszkiewicz, and Alphonso Johnson.

Upright Electric Bass

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