Jeff Berlin is a legend of the electric bass, considered by musicians and critics to be one of the finest electric bass players in the world. Jaco Pastorius regarded Jeff as a better soloist than he was and Geddy Lee referred to Jeff as the “greatest bass player on the planet.” respected critic John Kelman, of All About Jazz, recently referred to Jeff as a “bassist with staggering dexterity, remarkably expansive language and truly funkified spirit.” Because of his prowess, Jeff has performed and/or recorded with such all-star musicians as Bill Bruford, Allan Holdsworth, George Benson, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, Frank Zappa, Yes, Rush, John McLaughlin, Gil Evans, Pat Martino, Bill Frisell, and Al DiMeola. Jeff also released six highly acclaimed solo records: Champion, Pump It!, Taking Notes, In Harmony's Way, Lumpy Jazz and Aneurythms - and, in 2018, a newly reimagined version of “Joe Frazier,” titled “Joe Frazier – Round 3,” which he recorded with music luminaries Steve Vai, David Sancious (Peter Gabriel, Sting, Bruce Springsteen), Keith Carlock (Steely Dan), and Tom Hemby.
Jeff is also a major innovator of bass music. Bass Player magazine called him the “bridge between Stanley and Jaco and the second wave of fusion bassists” for his entry in their “The 100 Greatest Bass Players of All Time.” Jeff co-wrote the bass riff-heavy “5G” with Bill Bruford and Dave Stewart and penned a solo composition for Bruford’s final studio album, Gradually Going Tornado, which became both a fan favorite and, eventually, a right of passage for aspiring electric bassists: “Joe Frazier.”
Jeff has also been at the forefront of music education for 30 years. He founded The Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida, penned a column in Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines that were some of their most read, and now offers a series of self-guided bass education packages through his Jeff Berlin Music Group partnership, which also hosts a popular YouTube channel.
Jeff continues to perform all over the world to rave reviews and his playing continues to influence a new generation of bass players. Many have said that they have never heard anyone play with Jeff’s melodic fluidity and his teaching continues to inspire and advance players wishing to know about the language of their art.