Turning Up the BASS with KT Tyler

KT at Jazz Alley

The phrase “turn up the bass” sounds oh so familiar growing up listening to my favorite artists on the radio in the car or even the stereo at home. To the high applauds of many, this is exactly what happens every time this awesome bass guitar player, KT Tyler, hits the stage. Yes, he turns up the bass to add that “umph” to a tune whether it is rnb, funk or jazz.

If you have heard of Fats Domino, Grover Washington, Jr., the Staples Singers, Maceo Parker, Chaka Khan, Harry Connick, Jr., Roy Ayers, Everett Harp, or Kenny Loggins you may very well have heard Mr. Tyler kick up his bass sound. Having travelled and performed in every contiguous state in the USA and abroad, KT has performed with the best in the music industry across genre lines while never letting up off his bass!

Steve Oliver & KT at Jazz Alley

With 30 years of professional music experience it’s not surprising that he is currently on tour with a phenomenal contemporary jazz vocalist & guitarist, Steve Oliver as well as one of my most favorite sax jazz artist, Paul Taylor!

Paul Taylor & KT at Catalina Jazz Fest

KT’s beginnings in music began as a youngster in Chicago taking violin lessons for two years from his violin instructor whom he had a crush on. However, she eventually married and moved to Italy! Oh well, life does go on and surely it did with KT. While visiting a relative, he happed up on an idle bass guitar absent of it’s owner due to a band meeting elsewhere in the home. While no one was present in the room, KT picked up that instrument and without a single lesson he played the bass line to a well known tune by the O’Jays, ‘Money, Money, Money’! Resonating throughout the house, his natural talent on the bass landed him in a talent show at his school as a bass player receiving his first standing ovation after playing "I Can See Clearly Now”!

Like the saying goes "the rest is history"… Today he now says, “No one really inspired me…I LOVE music…I really love what I do for a living….there is a drive to continually advance in the business” and to “make people happy…that’s really what it’s all about”.

Scott Ambush, KT, & Malcolm Jamal-Warner
at a NAMM Show in Anaheim

For more information about KT’s upcoming performances and tours, visit:
Paul Taylor Site or Steve Oliver Site

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