Zac Matthews

Acoustic Bass


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Zac Matthews

Known in the Jazz world as an articulate, solid and melodic bass player, Zac Matthews is in demand in the clubs, the studios and in the concert halls. He has performed with such jazz greats as Don Menza, Pete Christlieb, Bill Watrous, Henry Mancini, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Bud Shank, Rob McConnell, Marcus Printup, Nancy King, Gary Foster, and Don Shelton among others. Zac is frequently in the LA recording studios, leading to recordings for such estimable record companies as Motown, Columbia and Sony and for film and TV. Currently he is a member of the big band lead by multiple GRAMMY winner Clare Fischer. Zac work spans genres and he has been seen with Robert Guillaume, Gloria Loring, Vox Lumiere and numerous stage and theatrical performances.

Zac credits study with John Clayton, Christopher von Bayer, Ray Brown, François Rabbath and Paul Ellison as the biggest influences in his development as well as having the opportunity to work directly with the likes of Branford, Wynton and Ellis Marsalis, James Moody, John Heard, Phil Woods, Howard Roberts, Milt Jackson, Mel Lewis, Dennis Irwin, Hal Galper and many others.

With Bass Performance and Music Theory/History degrees from Washington State University and a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California Zac's command and knowledge of music bursts forth in inspired improvisations, creative arrangements and a deep respect for the music's heritage and future. Zac has been very involved with education working with numerous aspiring musicians in workshops, clinics and private lessons. Zac currently teaches at Pasadena City College and at Cal Poly Pomona. He has taught at USC, the Los Angeles Music Academy, the Bud Shank's Jazz Workshop and Frank DeMiero's Jazz Camp among others.

Zac uses and endorses, Bag End loudspeakers, Thomastic Strings and the AMT Bass microphone

*Bass Students and Enthusists*
Click here for Zac's recommendation page. It has all kinds of recommendations for bass books, supplies, equipment, great recordings etc.

Zac jamming with Branford Marsalis, Jackie Terrason and Ali Jackson.


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