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Sandy Eldred

Sandy Eldred is an internationally acclaimed bassist, recording artist, composer, and music educator currently living in Philadelphia, PA. Eldred is known for his inventiveness and command across music genres. He is represented by Ukrainian record label, LabelWhoAble.

Eldred is co-founder of U.S.E. Trio, Multi Mansions, and Crosscurrents Ensemble. He is a member of the Bogdan Gumenyuk Quartet, the Michael Hudson-Casanova Sextet, and leader of the Sandy Eldred Trio.

Since permanently joining Norman David and the Eleventet at age 20, Eldred has become one of Philadelphias most in demand bassists for large ensemble. He has held the bass chair for numerous large ensembles including, Ian O’Beirne’s Slowbern, Jamal Jones’ Bureau of Sonic Wonderland, Matt Gallagher’s Philly Big Band, and the Earl Phillips Big Band. He has also performed with the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, the South Philly Big Band, and Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound alongside the great, Muhal Richard Abrams.

Eldred studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA (M.M. 2013). He is a founding member of Jazz Mission, an international educational project that helps to inspire the younger generation of musicians in Ukraine. As an educator, he offers lessons, masterclasses, and workshops. Eldred has taught students at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Eastern Europe.

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”There is an underlying, unsettled tone in the music of Philadelphia bassist Sandy Eldred which can only be likened to earthquakes and their subsequent tremors. Just when you think you are on solid ground the whole landscape shifts, the whole perspective tacks left, bends right, veers down the wrong center lane and u-turns.” - Mike Jurkovic (All About Jazz)

“Sandy Eldred immediately draws attention to the extreme expressiveness of his game, which is unusual for double bass players, whose role most of the time is limited to the function of the rhythm section. In between sets, I decided to check my suspicions

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Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Eldred has administered workshops, masterclasses, and lessons at the following institutions: The University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) Settlement School of Music (Philadelphia, PA) Camden County College (Camden, NJ) The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA) McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) Zhytomyr Music College (Zhytomyr, Ukraine) Berdychiv Music School (Berdychiv, Ukraine) Lviv National Music Academy (Lviv, Ukraine) Vinnitsa College of Culture and Arts (Vinnitsia, Ukraine) Kharkiv National Kotlyarevsky University of Arts (Kharkiv, Ukraine) Dnipropetrovsk State Music College (Dnipro, Ukraine) Krivorizhke The Regional Musical College (Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine) Mykolaiv State Higher School of Music (Mykolaiv, Ukraine) Cherkasy Musical College (Cherkasy, Ukraine) All Music Is Jazz Festival (Kiev, Ukraine)

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Sandy Eldred Concerts


U.S.E. Trio - Impact



On Point




Recent Music





Drum Wrecked

From: vehicles
By Sandy Eldred

Mars Apes

From: Mars Apes
By Sandy Eldred


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