Miles Mosley—Tattoos on Bass
Miles Mosley (www.milesmosley.com) is an upright bassist, vocalist, producer, composer, arranger and musical director. Born and raised in Hollywood, he had classical training at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, years of study with jazz bass legends John Clayton, Ray Brown and Al McKibbon and undergraduate work at UCLA. As a teen, Mosley won countless awards, was selected to play bass for the 1996 Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band & Choir and was acclaimed as a “Technical Virtuoso” by Los Angeles Times jazz critic, Don Heckman. Since then, Mosley has greatly expanded his repertoire, mastering the upright bass and a vast array of instruments—deftly blending jazz with rock, pop, funk and R&B. In March, 2009, he was a featured artist in Bass Player Magazine.
To describe his style on the upright bass, one can only draw comparisons outside the class of his instrument. Imagine if Jimi Hendrix played the upright bass in the 21st century? Mosley has single-handedly and successfully combined bow work, effects and “in-your-face” dexterity, to give his instrument a signature sound.
The last few years have been the busiest of Mosley’s career. He independently released two acclaimed CDs and composed soundtracks for three films. He appeared as a musical guest/performer on numerous TV shows, as well as music videos with Christina Aguilera and Sean Kingston. He served as musical director and toured across the globe with Lauryn Hill, recorded and performed with artists including Chris Cornell, India Arie, Jason Mraz, Mos Def and Avenged Sevenfold. He performed at the 2007 Grammy Awards telecast with the Gnarls Barkley orchestra and at the Greek Theater with Jeff Beck. He co-Produced, composed and played bass on actor Terrence Howard’s debut CD “Shine Through It,” which debuted at #6 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and #31 on the Billboard 200. The release was followed by a U.S. tour, with Mosley’s own band backing up Howard.
In 2009, he toured Europe with singer Jonathan Davis of influential rock group Korn, where he pulled double duty as the opening performer and as Davis’ solo band bassist. He is co-writing and preparing to record Davis’ debut solo album, in the spring, 2011.
Mosley, with long-time collaborator Kamasi Washington, recently completed composing/recording “Afroshoto,” the film score and soundtrack for “I Got Next,” a documentary about professional video-gamers and the fighting video-game scene. He is currently in the studio recording his next album, “Roar,” which is slated for release in the Summer, 2011.
He can be found in residency, with his band, at Hollywood’s famous Piano Bar, performing his popular live show to capacity crowds on a weekly basis.