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Jeff Ganz

Born in Washington, D.C., Jeff Ganz became a New Yorker at age 13. A year later, he began performing professionally as a guitarist/vocalist in the Hendrix/Clapton tradition.

At 20, Jeff made the decision to master the bass, as it represented the ideal hybrid between harmony and rhythm, guitar and drums. He studied piano with his musical mentor Bob Weiner and upright bass with renowned bass experts Bill Pemberton, Clyde Lombardi, Homer Mensch, and Derek Jones, a virtuoso on both acoustic bass and bass guitar. To build a more solid foundation on the electric bass, he turned to the highly respected guitarist and film composer Ira Newborn and jazz giant Jeff Andrews. Jeff also studied drums with Gene Morvay, Ben Gramm, Tony Tedesco, Frank Bellucci, and Don Guinta.

Jeff's goal was simple: he wanted to be the first-call guy in every possible genre. He didn't stop with the traditional upright bass; he also mastered the fretted and fretless 4, 5, 8-string electric bass, as well as the fretted and fretless acoustic bass guitar and piccolo bass.

Jeff has always been driven to push the envelope beyond what everyone expects. Every great musician has their own sound, and Jeff is no exception. His signature style provides propulsive accompaniment on both bass and drums.

He names bassists Lee Dorman, Tommy Shannon, Mel Schacher, and George Mraz, vocalists Jack Bruce, Todd Rundgren, Felix Pappalardi, and Bobby “Blue” Bland, and drum icons Jo Jones, Carmine Appice, Mickey Sheen, and John Bonham as his earliest eclectic influences.

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