I hold a degree in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music, where I focused especially on Afro-Cuban music, thanks to the tutelage of Latin Jazz giants Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace! My jazz background also gave me rigorous training in music theory and history.
My performance career is highly diverse! You like folk? I’ve played with Chicago’s beloved Al Scorch and Della Mae’s guitar star, Courtney Hartman. You like hip-hop? I play and record with artists at Classick Studios, where Chance The Rapper, SZA, and No Name make albums. Indie rock? Part of what got me into bass was underground/DIY scenes—I love playing a good basement show! How about jazz? I’ve done everything from standards gigs at hotels to composing for experimental groups like The Liberation Music Collective.
I’ve also had the pleasure to play with musicians from over 20 countries. One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was being a Fellow for OneBeat, a program run through the U.S. State Department that brings together international musicians to compose, record, and tour together. I have learned so much about the power of music through my relationships with artists from all corners of the globe.
I believe in “Occam’s Razor” bass playing – finding a simple, elegant solution to the “problem” at hand, whether that “problem” is finding a good fingering for a fast-moving melody, finding a tasteful yet interesting bassline for a funk groove, or improving your right-hand speed so you can finally play that one Tool song you’ve always loved. The “Occam’s Razor” approach builds your instincts and helps you become a solid, expressive bassist that everyone wants to play with!
No matter where you are in your musical development, I can be your ally. I have experience teaching all ages and experience levels and can help you go deeper in whatever music lights you up. I can offer advice about musicianship too – how to start a band, how to rock an audition for your school’s jazz ensemble, or how to make the most of a recording session.
Bass is a physically demanding instrument, and over my career I have recovered from multiple injuries. I am committed to helping you develop healthy technique that prevents and manages injuries and adapts to your physical conditions. I try to offer compassion AND solutions to students who struggle physically with their instrument or face health challenges. I’ve been there too, and I’m here to help.
Teaches students 5 and up
Hannah is helping me regain all that I lost fro nearly 50 years ago.
My 13 year old upright bass player absolutely loves working with Hannah. She is wonderful and I highly recommend her!
Hannah is refreshing, extremely caring, pleasant, and prompt piano instructor to my 6 and 12 yr old granddaughters. They love singing and playing the piano under her guidance and look forward to their next lesson with her. I am thankful and recommend her as an instructor.Show More
Hannah is pleasant, refreshing, prompt and extremely caring instructor to my 6 and 12 yr old granddaughters. They love singing and playing the piano under her guideness and look forward to the next lesson with her. I am so thankful to her and recommend her as an instructor.Show More
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
If you (or your child) are just beginning your musical training, I will start you out on learning solfege, hearing tonalities, and imitating rhythms, allowing you to learn simple songs by ear. There will be much singing, clapping, and interactive fun! If you at an intermediate level and want to focus on learning songs or parts by ear, I will help teach you efficient strategies for aural song-learning and help you figure out how to play that one song on the radio you can't stop hearing in your head! For more advanced students wishing to delve into jazz harmony or transcription, I am trained in David Baker and George Russell's approaches to jazz harmony and draw heavily from their methodology.
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Started an independent record label in support of The Liberation Music Collective's studio albums.
The Liberation Music Collective
Co-created a socially-conscious jazz ensemble dedicated to performing original compositions about contemporary social issues. Produced, composed, played bass, and sang for the LMC’s two studio albums, Siglo XXI (2015) and Rebel Portraiture (2017).
U.S. State Department
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