Gary Sloan /  Boulder, CO Bassist, Instructor, Multi-Instrumentalist

Gary Sloan

Boulder, CO Bassist, Instructor, Multi-Instrumentalist
Jazz for the People! Bass for all occasions!

Latest Win:

Six Months of Sundays at Vic's on Dec 07, 2014.   Source

Jazz for the People! Bass for all occasions!

Latest Win:

Six Months of Sundays at Vic's on Dec 07, 2014.   Source


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  • Fayetteville AR, Scarpino's Lounge
  • Fayetteville AR, Legacy Blues
  • With Dad and Twin at Blues Central- Anchorage, AK
  • Close-Up
  • The Other Axe


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For bassist Gary Sloan, music is a family affair: he and identical twin brother Jim were born in Anchorage to Alaskan blues legend Gary L. Sloan. The two first performed with their father on trombone and saxophone, respectively, before they picked up electric bass and guitar in their teens. At the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Gary found his voice on the acoustic bass and served as principal in the orchestra for three years while gigging with every jazz act in town. His background playing his father's improvisatory yet groove-oriented music combined with a passion for harmony and interaction made Gary a natural for jazz and it soon became his main outlet for expression. Gary received a Summer Jazz Scholarship from the Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society (NAJS) in 2010; the next year Gary's original music was featured at the NAJS Composer's showcase and his quartet (which included brother Jim on guitar) was nominated for the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards Best Jazz Group.
After graduating in 2011 with a BA in Music, Gary began teaching up to 40 students a week on guitar, bass, mandolin and ukulele at Ben Jack's Arkansas Music. In addition to his numerous jazz gigs Gary could also be found performing with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, the pit orchestra for TheatreSquared musical productions, and a wide range rock, funk, and blues bands. In 2013 he moved to Boulder, CO to pursue an MM in Jazz at the University of Colorado. The vibrant, supportive jazz community has kept him busy in Boulder, Denver, Ft. Collins and surrounding areas performing the entire spectrum of the genre, from swing to bebop to modern and experimental. He has also worked with CenterStage musical productions, the Boulder Symphony, and bluegrass band Hilltop Harvest. He has performed electric bass with the Boulder Blues Quartet and Diamond Empire Band; he has taught for the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts and the Lesson Studio in Boulder. His philosophy with the bass is deep yet simple- above all else, the role of the bass is to support the other instrumentalists in a way that makes them sound better in order to make the music sound its best.


Wins   Key

Dec 07, 2014 Six Months of Sundays at Vic's
In June this year I was invited to be in the house band for an interesting gig with a long history. Close to 15 years ago, pianist Scott Martin put together an acoustic jazz trio to play every Sunday from 12pm-2pm at the Broadway location of Vic's coffeeshop. In that time the house band has rotated through dozens of drummers and bassists as well as countless vocalists, horn players and other instrumentalists who come and sit in, culminating in a CD/DVD box set that came out a couple years ago. The music is spontaneous, fun, and both more intimate and accessible than a lot of jazz gigs. I'm proud to be a part of the tradition, it always swings on Sundays! Source
Nov 23, 2014 First Valve Trombone Recording!
I led a recording session today on my new valve trombone at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Having played the trombone since the age of thirteen but since shifting my attention to the bass, the beautiful 1955 Reynolds horn was a gift this summer from my mentor Al Gibson located in my hometown of Fayetteville Arkansas. The chordless quartet consisted of drummer BK Kahn, saxophonist Greg Wahl, and bassist Adam Sammakia- the harmonic freedom in such a group is liberating! As a bassist, it was quite a treat to play with a bassist as good as Adam and also liberating. We did several tunes I used to play with Al before he retired as well as an original of mine; not only will these serve as promotional material for the group but it will also be a meaningful Christmas present for Al.
Nov 13, 2014 Jazz for the Schools Presentation by CU Jazz Combo
Our group of six student musicians put together a presentation for about one hundred elementary students from Denver Public School as part of the Gifts of Jazz non-profit outreach program. It was fun from the beginning and the kids had all kinds of goofy questions! We started off playing a tune and then each of us spent a few minutes explaining our instruments. We capped the presentation by leading the students in clapping on beats 2 and 4 while we played a drummerless blues. Good times!
Oct 30, 2014 CU Combo Performance with Greg Osby
Greg Osby is among the most respected contemporary jazz saxophonists and bandleaders today; his big break was with Jack DeJohnette's group Special Edition in the mid-80s. His three day residency included masterclasses on a variety of subjects and culminated in this concert which featured my combo and another combo of CU students. His presence elevated the already impressive musicality and explorative nature of my colleagues, I can't speak for them but I had a blast! Source
Oct 28, 2014 CCJA Combo Performance
The Colorado Conservatory of the Jazz Arts (CCJA) is an impressive organization led by Paul and Chris Romaine to provide real jazz experience to middle school to high school students. In August Paul asked me if I would lead an experimental group for ten weeks, and I took on the challenge- I had four young drummers and the goal was to teach them piano, bass and guitar! With the help of my friend Adam Sammakia and through the kids' hard work we managed to pull it off and the concert was better than I could have imagined. It was a lot of fun and I felt very proud watching the group. Source


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Date Event Title Location Type More Info
Nov 30, 2014 Sunday at Vic's , Performance   Details
Dec 04, 2014 Espresso! at Cafe Sole , Performance   Details
Dec 06, 2014 Espresso! at Longmont Cheese Importers Longmont, CO Performance   Details
Dec 07, 2014 Sunday at Vic's , Performance   Details
Dec 13, 2014 Holly and the Husbands at Tandoori Grille , Performance   Details
Dec 14, 2014 Sunday at Vic's , Performance   Details
Dec 19, 2014 Janine Gastineau at Cafe Sole , Performance   Details
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