GMMerrifield
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Flute, Piano, Keyboard, Saxophone, Trumpet, Drums.

ABOUT

born in Denver Colorado, and started playing bass at the age of eight in high school stage bands & string ensembles. Born of a musical family, he started on guitar then switched to the bass because "it felt right." While living in Omaha, GMichael’s first bass was bought for him while playing in a music store and he became a part of "Round Edge", this group consisted of Tim Renfrow, Dave Cupack and Chuck Dickey, they worked continuously in the area, opening for Johnny Winter. His peers at the time were James Higgins and Mike Soccie who worked with Victor Lewis.

GMichael came to California in 1973 and found himself rehearsing for a gig with Dennis Chambers and Elvin Bishop. Then later with Johnny Halstrup, after a brief stint in the Army, "G" found himself playing in Germany with Mike Naylor who had been Debbie Reynolds arranger, included in that band was Preston Vismale and famed London composer, Janusz Podrazik. G returned to the States and played with Peter Pogi in "Cool Breeze". Other notables that G performed with were Pamela Rose and the Eights, Chris Cobb of Tommy TuTone and Kevin Zuffi from the Etta James Band. He then played with Addie who had been a part of the Joy of Cooking band in the 70’s. It was at this time that GMichael also was recording a jazz television show for KQED with jazz singer Nina Causey, later he played in Faye Carol's band with Archyutan & Benny Green.

GMichael then met Paul Mousavi and Jeff Osamman who had recently formed a band named Borneo. Borneo went on to work as a opening act band in the San Francisco Bay Area for Lee Riteneour, Alan Holdsworth, Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs, Ronnie Montrose, Stanley Clarke, Alex Acuna, Jeff Berlin, Randy Jackson, Gil Scott Heron and the list goes on. GMichael’s bass playing style is classically oriented with Jazz/funk/Latin influences. Currently he is producing and rehearsing his smooth jazz band - Utopian Dreams.

"Music is best when it is profound, not because of the notes, extended chords, or intricate rhythms, but when the heart is on the line and truth emotes from your soul and the intellect is transcended, artistry is when the audience feels our love of music." GMichael

Screen name:
GMMerrifield
Member since:
Nov 08 2005
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Touring
Years playing music:
45
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Stanley, Jaco, Victor, Marcus,Richard Davis, Ron Carter, Eddie Gomez
Richard Davis, Miros Slavitous / Smooth Jazz, Straight Ahead Jazz, Fusion, Funk

EQUIPMENT

Alembic 5 String active Bass
Alembic 4 String Stereo Bass Tenor Voice
Sr 5 string Electric Bass w Roland VB99 Bass Synth
Acoustic Basses
JBL Stereo 5 Speaker system w Sub woofer
SWR workingman 15
Galien Kruger 10

MUSIC