Biography

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Sean Drabitt left Victoria 24 years ago to study Jazz bass in Los Angeles with mentor John Clayton. The next decade he spent first in New Orleans, where he worked with all members of the Marsalis family, then in New York, working with the best young players on the modern jazz scene, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Eric Harland and Ari Honig among them. Specializing in a hard driving hard bop informed style of bass playing he returned to Victoria close to 15 years ago. Today he divides his time between various projects on both electric and acoustic bass. More recent career highlights have included a western Canadian tour with Terrell Stafford’s quintet in 2012 and a number of gigs with pianist George Colligan.