Trevor Ware

Trevor Ware

Acoustic & Electric Bass

310 243-3947

La Corte Hall A339
(310) 243-3947
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Trevor Ware is an active, professional acoustic and electric bassist well recognized as one of the most supportive jazz bassists in Los Angeles.  His approach, drawing upon inspirations from Paul Chambers, Sam Jones and Charles Mingus, focuses not only on producing a supportive bass tone with impeccable intonation, but also features long, melodic, well-developed bass lines.  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 honed 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 & Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra.  Ware later developed a strong bond with drummers Tootie Heath, Alphonse Mouzon, Clayton Cameron and Sherman Ferguson.  Having appeared on over 40 recordings, Ware’s current musical associations include Kenny Burrell, Molly Ringwald, Jeff Goldblum & The Count Basie Orchestra.

Mr. Ware’s international festival performances include the North Sea, Monaco, Jazzaldia, JazzAspen, Monterey, Toronto, Joy of Jazz, Montreux Jazz Festival & more. 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 perform  internationally including recent trips to Moscow, 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, Calgary, Toronto, Prague, Helsinki, Pilsen and more.

During his career he has performed and recorded with dozens of notable musicians including:
Stevie Wonder - Composer, Harmonica
Dee Dee Bridgewater - Vocals
Kurt Elling - Vocals
Jessye Norman - Vocals
Pharoah Sanders – Sax
Mary Stallings - Vocals

Ware has earned degrees from Cerritos College & University of Southern California, with a graduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles.  He teaches acoustic & electric bass at California State University, Dominguez Hills.