Gerald Albright, Bass
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A native Californian, Gerald Albright
grew up in South Central Los Angeles. After high school,
he attended the University of Redlands where he received
a B.S. degree in Business Management, minoring in Music.
Already a polished saxophonist by the time he enrolled
at the University of Redlands, Albright suddenly switched
to bass guitar after he saw Louis Johnson in concert A
few months after graduating from college, Gerald joined
Patrice Rushen, who was in the process of forming her
own band, in which he played the saxophone. Later, when
the bass player left in the middle of a tour, Albright
replaced him and finished the tour on bass guitar. From
then on, he often performed on both instruments.
Soon, Albright began to make a name for himself as a
sideman of great insight and musicianship, playing on
albums by a wide variety of artists -- including Anita
Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia
Newton-John, the Temptations and Maurice White. He also
toured extensively with Les McCann, Rodney Franklin, Jeff
Lorber, Teena Marie, the Winans, Marlena Shaw, Debra and
Eloise Laws, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins,
and many others.
In addition to numerous appearances at clubs and jazz
festivals, Albright had also been a part of the popular
Jazz Explosion tours, which saw him teaming up with contemporary
jazz stars like Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela,
Chaka Khan, and Rachelle Ferrell, to name a few.