Sadiki Pierre is a talented upright bass player who is uniquely capable of playing and fusing almost any style of music including classical, jazz, latin, reggae and R&B. When he first started playing the upright bass, he had no interest in actually learning the instrument and instead was only looking for a way to get out of his sixth grade class. Fortunately, he chose the right distraction from his schoolwork. It soon became apparent that he was quite musically adept. Although his parents could not initially afford to buy him his own instrument and pay for private lessons, he was still chosen to perform with the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Orchestra in addition to performing with another prestigious student orchestra throughout Europe.
Despite the encouragement of those closest to him to study at a school like Juilliard or Berklee to become a full-time musician, Sadiki chose to attend an aviation school called Daniel Webster College in order to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a professional pilot. Nevertheless, he still enjoyed playing in his spare time so he continued to perform with various community orchestras and string ensembles such as the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra. He also occasionally trained with a few esteemed double bass teachers including a member of the New York Philharmonic. His focus on classical music inadvertently created a longing for musical freedom that drove him to study and master jazz. Since then, he’s performed at numerous jazz clubs throughout New York City, the Hudson Valley, Boston and New England.
While Sadiki became a promising classical and jazz bassist, he wasn’t still musically satisfied. He tried his hand at several other styles by playing with blues, gospel, R&B, funk and latin groups but ultimately, they limited his freedom to move freely back and forth between the styles. Because of this, he decided to retire from music shortly after graduating college. After a ten-year hiatus, he has rediscovered his love for music. Most importantly, he has finally found the musical projects that allow him to freely mix the different styles that he loves and form the percussive, melodic and groovy style that he will surely be known for.
5 Finger Review – “At times, you forget you are listening to only voice and bass.”
All About Jazz – “…the playful buoyancy of the duet is in full view.”
All About Vocals – “The duo treats each arrangement with care to brighten the sonic palette.”
Blogcritics – “The grooving bass lines of ‘Latch’ complement Douglas’ skill to move in sync with the rhythmic beats.”
Chalked Up Reviews – “…they have a hit on their hands and a song that could equally be covered by a multitude of
DownBeat – “Douglas’ lovely voice meshes with Pierre’s rich, thumping tones throughout…”