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Keith Witty

bass, electronics

A native of New York City, bassist Keith Witty has straddled the worlds of Hip-Hop, popular music forms, and Jazz's Avant- Garde in his young career. In 2000, before graduating from Wesleyan University, he made his recording debut with the Anthony Braxton Quartet. Work soon followed in the bands of drummer/producer Guillermo E. Brown, which spawned the opportunity to fill in for William Parker in the David S. Ware Quartet. Keith's first engagement with Ware was the induction ceremony of Sonny Rollins and Max Roach into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Hall of Fame, with both legends in attendance. In 2007, Keith formally joined Ware's new quartet. That same year, he joined the touring band of Grammy-nominated singer and song-writer Amel Larrieux, with whom he has toured extensively and contributed to her “Lovely Standards” (2008) and “Ice Cream Everyday” (2013) records. In 2010, Keith joined the band of acclaimed East African vocalist Somi, with whom he has played concerts throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, partaking in the album, "Live at the Jazz Standard". Most recently, Keith produced and performed on Somi’s major label debut, “Lagos Music Salon”, released in August 2014 on Sony/Okeh Records. Simultaneously, Keith has collaborated with some of the most innovative musicians of Jazz's upcoming generation, playing in bands led by Matana Roberts, Taylor Ho Bynum, Pyeng Threadgill, and others. A long-time member of trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson’s band, Keith played on his debut record as a leader, “Moment and the Message”, which received unanimous praise throughout the jazz world in 2013. A dedicated educator as well, Keith was the New York City Opera Education Program's composer-in-residence for 10 years. He received his BA from Wesleyan University and an MA in music from the City College of New York. He has studied with master bassists Michael Moore, Mark Dresser, and John Patitucci.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Jonathan Finlayson's Sicilian Defense Friday, December 5, 2014, 10:00p
Michael Gregory Jackson - “Spirit-Signal-Strata” Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00p

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