Eddie Gomez

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Eddie Gomez, before 2011

Edgar "Eddie" Gomez (born October 4, 1944 in Santurce , Puerto Rico ) is an American jazz bassist .


Eddie Gomez moved his family from Puerto Rico to New York City at a young age . At the age of eleven he began to play the double bass. Two years later he was accepted into the New York City High School of Music and Art and soon after took double bass lessons from Fred Zimmermann. During this time he played in many formations and was a member of the Newport Youth Band under the direction of Marshall Brown . At eighteen he played in the trio of Marian McPartland and Paul Bley . Gomez continued his double bass studies at the Julliard School of Music . There he met musicians such as Chick Corea , Hubert Laws , James Levine and others, with whom he played again and again in the course of his work. After the third year of his training, he decided to pursue a professional jazz musician career and became a member of Gerry Mulligan's quartet.

In 1966 Bill Evans became aware of the young musician and engaged him in his trio. Eddie Gomez played successfully in this line-up for the next ten years, with whom he had many recordings and appearances in the USA, Europe and Asia. During this time he also played with Miles Davis , Wayne Shorter , Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams . In 1977 Gomez left the Bill Evans Trio to take on new musical challenges. He worked with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie , Freddie Hubbard , George Benson , McCoy Tyner , Chick Corea , but also with Joni Mitchell (1979 on Mingus ) and others. In the field of classical music , Eddie Gomez played with the Kronos Quartet , the Tashi Ensemble and the clarinetist Richard Stoltzmann, with whom he performed Bach's Goldberg Variations , among others .

Since 1992 Gomez has been working with his own formation, which includes pianist Stefan Karlsson and drummer Jimmy Cobb . He also composes music for film and television. He is Artistic Director at the Conservatory in Puerto Rico, where he has been Professor and Artist in Residence since 2005 . He also teaches at renowned institutions such as Stanford University , North Texas State University and Berklee College of Music . Gomez gives master classes at various international universities and conservatories. In 2013 Gomez received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in Valencia.

Individual evidence

  1. Website v. Eddie Gomez
  2. ^ All About Jazz ( Memento from June 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Bassist Eddie Gomez Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree: A first for Berklee College of Music in Spain (2013) in JazzTimes

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