Biography

Trevor Ware is well recognized as one of the most supportive jazz bassists in Los Angeles.  His style, reminiscent of Paul ChambersSam Jones and Charles Mingus, focuses not only on producing a supportive bass tone with impeccable intonation, but also features long, creative, well developed bass lines.  One of the most in-demand bassists in Los Angeles, Ware is regularly featured with a number of bands, but most often forms strong bonds with drummers.  Developing his craft at The World Stage Performance Gallery, Ware had the opportunity to hone the craft of swing under the tutelage of master drummer Billy Higgins (still the most recorded jazz drummer in history).  After being offered his first professional gig by legendary pianist and composer Horace Tapscott & New York saxophonist Sonny Fortune, Ware developed as sense of musical adventure playing in Tapscott’s quartet and Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra.  Ware later developed a strong bond with drummers Tootie Heath, Alphonse Mouzon, Clayton Cameron and Sherman Ferguson, appearing on Ferguson’s release “Welcome to my Vision” and Cameron’s CD “Here’s to the Messengers”.  Having appeared on over 30 recordings, Ware’s current musical associations include Nat Adderley Jr.Kenny Burrell and Molly Ringwald.

 

Biography

 

Trevor Ware is well recognized as one of the most supportive jazz bassists in Los Angeles.  His style, reminiscent of Paul ChambersSam Jones and Charles Mingus, focuses not only on producing a supportive bass tone with impeccable intonation, but also features long, creative, well developed bass lines.  One of the most in-demand bassists in Los Angeles, Ware is regularly featured with a number of bands, but most often forms strong bonds with drummers.  Developing his love for music at The World Stage Performance Gallery, Ware had the opportunity to hone the craft of swing under the tutelage of master drummer Billy Higgins (still the most recorded jazz drummer in history).  After being offered his first professional gig by legendary pianist and composer Horace Tapscott & New York saxophonist Sonny Fortune, Ware developed as sense of musical adventure playing in Tapscott’s quartet and Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra.  Ware later developed a strong bond with drummers Tootie Heath, Alphonse Mouzon, Clayton Cameron and Sherman Ferguson, appearing on Ferguson’s release “Welcome to my Vision” and Cameron’s CD “Here’s to the Messengers”.  Having appeared on over 30 recordings, Ware’s current musical associations include  Kenny BurrellMolly Ringwald & The Count Basie Orchestra.

Mr. Ware’s international festival performances include the North Sea, Monaco, Jazzaldia, JazzAspen, Monterey, Toronto, Joy of Jazz, & Montreux Jazz Festivals. His film credits include the Dreamworks film release Collateral starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Fox, the CBS series Smith starring Ray Liotta, and most recently a recurring role in Key & Peele comedy sketches.

Mr. Ware continues to travel internationally including: Amsterdam, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Geneva, Stockholm, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Oviedo, Monaco, London, Den Haag, Brussels, Hobart, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Johannesburg, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Paris, Lima, Buenos Aires, Toronto and more. During his career he has performed and recorded with many notable musicians including:

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater - Vocals

  • Kurt Elling - Vocals

  • Billy Higgins – Drums

  • Pharoah Sanders – Sax

  • Mary Stallings - Vocals

  • Nicholas Payton – Trumpet

  • Sonny Fortune – Sax

  • Horace Silver – Piano

  • Ravi Coltrane – Sax

  • Terell Stafford – Trumpet

  • Diane Schuur - Vocals

  • Jimmy Heath – Sax

  • Barry Harris – Piano

  • New York Voices - Vocals

  • Christian McBride - Bass

  • Eric Reed – Piano

  • Horace Tapscott – Piano

  • Marvin “Smitty” Smith – Drums

  • Bennie Wallace – Sax

  • Barbara Morrison – Vocalist

  • Carl Burnett – Drums

  • Ndugu Chanceler – Drums

  • Myungo Jackson – Percussion

  • Niki Haris – Vocals

  • John Beasley – Piano

  • Alphonse Mouzon – Drums

  • Steve Wilson – Sax

  • Kamau Daaood – Poet

  • Hubert Laws – Flute

  • Dale Fielder – Sax

  • Justo Almario – Sax

  • Patrice Rushen - Piano

  • Roy McCurdy – Drums

  • Kenny Burrell – Guitar

  • Tootie Heath – Drums

  • Benny Green – Piano

  • Carmen Bradford - Vocals

  • Wycliffe Gordon – Trombone

  • Phil Upchurch – Guitar

  • Ernie Watts – Sax

  • Billy Childs – Piano

  • Willie Jones III – Drums

  • Dwight Trible – Vocals

  • Ernie Andrews – Vocals

  • Charles Owens – Sax

  • Spanky Wilson – Vocals

  • Jessye Norman – Vocals

  • James Moody – Sax

  • Sherman Ferguson – Drums

  • Herlin Riley – Drums

  • Steve Turre – Trombone

  • Clayton Cameron – Drums

  • Nat Adderley Jr. – Piano

  • Azar Lawrence – Sax

  • Molly Ringwald - Vocals

  • Obba Babatunde – Vocals

  • Carmen Lundy – Vocals

  • Bennie Maupin – Sax

  • Kevin Toney – Piano

  • Jeff Goldblum - Piano/Vocals

  • Mark DeClive-Lowe – Piano

  • Herlin Riley – Drums

  • Vincent Herring – Sax