Jack Redford

Jack R.

New York, NY
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About

Jack delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
November 2006

Hello there. I'm a native of Manchester, England now living/working/teaching in Washington Heights, NYC. I am a professional working bassist who thrives on sharing my knowledge of my craft with others who wish to learn. I have been teaching bass for 10 years and playing for 15. I also teach guitar and piano.

I started teaching bass 10 years ago to fellow students (music/non music students) at South Cheshire College in the North West of England. When I began my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Jazz at Middlesex University (London), I continued to teach privately. I also have experience teaching ensembles. I taught a rhythmic awareness class for 6+ people over a summer at Middlesex University. When I moved to the US I resumed my private teaching classes. I have taught in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nashville, Tennessee and New York, New York.

I have had gigging experience both on land and sea, having played in the showband on both NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines) and CCL (Carnival Cruise Lines.) I have also played in some off Broadway productions and regularly continue to perform with various ensembles around the City and Tri-State area.

I have a strong grasp of music theory and specialize in Jazz. I believe ear development to be the most important skill in music as the ear is what we use to enjoy music after all! However I am a confident reader and will gladly help my students to develop their reading skills. I am proficient in a wide variety of styles such as Jazz, Funk, Latin, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop, Blues etc. So just about anything you'll want to learn, I'll be able to help you.

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Experience

Jazz Bassist
Feb 2016 - Present
Imraan Khan Jazz Quartet

I am the bassist for Imraan Khan's jazz quartet. We play a mixture of straight ahead jazz, latin jazz, bossa nova and contemporary tunes at various different locations in the city and Tri-State area. This gig really keeps on my toes and helps develop those walking bass lines!

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Latin Bassist
Jan 2016 - Present
Sangha Tierra

Sangha Tierra is a 10-piece band from the New York City/New Jersey Area that mixes World & Latin music influences. I recently joined the band as the bassist and now we have never sounded better! We play a mixture of originals and covers from the likes of Santana, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder plus many more! This is a really fun gig and has opened my mind (and ears) to a lot of different latin styles of music.

Gig details can be found on Sangha Tierra's website - http://www.sanghatierra.com/

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Rock Bassist
Jul 2015 - Present
The Merrymaker's Orchestrina

I am currently the bass player in the genre blurring band "The Merrymaker's Orchestrina. The band is based in Brooklyn but play shows all over the country and hopefully soon, all over the world! The band draws influence from such greats like Hendrix, Zeppelin, James Brown, Soundgarden, plus many more. We normally gig in the city a few times a month details are posted on my website so come and see us sometime!

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Show Band Bassist
Oct 2016 - Dec 2016
Norwegian Cruise Lines

I played in the Manhattan Band on board the Norwegian Getaway for 2 months. The band played a mixture of jazz/pop/rock 3, sets a night, everyday of the week.

Bassist
Oct 2014 - Feb 2015
Mike Norris Big Band

I was the bass player for Mike Norris's 18 piece big band. We played every Thursday from 7pm till 10pm. We played the music of Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich and many more. We were booked to play private functions too. Was great fun.

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Showband Musician (Bass)
Jan 2014 - Jun 2014
Carnival Cruise Lines

Every night for 6 months I played on a cruise ship, we played shows backing the dancers, played in the main lounge for the guests, played for fly-on entertainers and even played live music while some of the guests sang Karaoke! Had to be able to read music in a very quite amount of time, have a lot of endurance and be alert!

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Education

BA Jazz Studies
Sep 2010 - Jun 2013
Middlesex University

Languages

English (UK)
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

BA Jazz Degree
Jul 2013
Middlesex University

2:1 with Honours

Photos & Videos

Me playing a rendition of Emily, with guitarist Steve Lacey.
Me rehearsing with the Imraan Khan Quartet. The song being played is called Billie's Bounce by Charlie Parker.
With Carnival Magic Showband.

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Playing some jazz!

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A montage of me playing bass in Mike Norris's Big Band, recorded November 2014 to January 2015 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
A montage of me playing bass for the Carnival Magic Showband, clips from January 2014 till April 2014.
May 2013, video montage of a few jazz songs recorded for end of year exam.
At Corner Music, Nashville.

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Playing at "All That Jazz Cafe" - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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10 Reviews

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Darryl Clulow Sep 14, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online

This guy is the real deal and one of the lowest rates around.
Great bass tutor and genuinely nice guy, definitely check him out.

Christian K. Jun 11, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

Jack is a very experienced, patient and inspiring teacher,
who always keeps an eye on the bigger picture...
lotsa knowledge and swing

thanks for a lesson that keeps on giving :-)

christian

Larry K. Jun 9, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Jack Redford is an infinite fountain of musical knowledge cultivated by university studies & playing experience. I strongly recommend Jack to teach music to students of all ages; he is a a fantastic bass teacher and he demonstrates the utmost professionalism in his craft.

Jack Redford is a professional bass player with world touring experience including recent show band contract with Carnival Cruise Lines.

Larry Kay Ph.d Nova University

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Christian K. Jun 9, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

bnb,mn

Tom K. Jun 8, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Really helped me work on my ear when it came to transcribing those walking bass lines, thanks a bunch!

Crystal G. Jun 5, 2015
Music Theory · In home

Jack is the best music teacher I have ever had, hands down! I started taking lessons from Him about a year ago and am so glad I stuck with them. He is very patient and understanding, as I just could not understand any theory for the longest time. I used to play piano by ear so I knew some things but when it came to reason and theory I was so behind but ever since I started to take lessons from Jack, I feel more confident in my playing and in my listening as I try to apply all of the things he taught me. He is very down to earth and has an accent so it makes the who hour more enjoyable. Overall I would recommend Jack to anyone, no matter how little or how long they've been playing!!

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Crystal G. Jun 5, 2015
Music Theory · In home

Jack is the best music teacher I have ever had, hands down! I started taking lessons from Him about a year ago and am so glad I stuck with them. He is very patient and understanding, as I just could not understand any theory for the longest time. I used to play piano by ear so I knew some things but when it came to reason and theory I was so behind but ever since I started to take lessons from Jack, I feel more confident in my playing and in my listening as I try to apply all of the things he taught me. He is very down to earth and has an accent so it makes the who hour more enjoyable. Overall I would recommend Jack to anyone, no matter how little or how long they've been playing!!

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Andrew L. Jun 5, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Great teacher, very knowledgeable and friendly.

Egbert M. Jun 5, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

Jack was really easy to learn from and a funny guy too, serious when he needs to be. Best teacher ever!

Daryl C. Jun 5, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

My lesson with Jack was money well spent. He really took the time to explain some music theory to me that I've been struggling to understand for years. Great patience and an all round nice guy.

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