After 5 years in New York City, award-winning Bassist and Composer Garret Lang is thrilled to be back in his native Los Angeles. As a child, Garret spent many hours following his composer father around to recording sessions, rehearsals, and performances. Asking questions about the instruments and learning about the many emotions music can communicate not only contributed to Garret’s drive to master the Double Bass but also inspired him to write and perform music that sounds from his heart.
His career as a bassist started early. At 14, he was accepted in to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where he took daily music classes in addition to his academic studies. While at LACHSA, Garret placed first in the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight awards which highlight young artists from the disciplines of dance, music and the visual arts. This award and other successes pushed Garret to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music in New York City. Garret performed frequently and wholly dedicated himself to learning about other people’s music and shaping his style.
Now that he is back in Los Angeles, Garret works in a wide range of musicial settings and genres. From jazz clubs like the Blue Whale and bigger concert venues like the Teragram Ballroom, to famous studios like the one house in the Capitol Records building in Hollywood.
Garret has been fortunate to study and perform with many of his heroes such as Reggie Workman, Junior Mance, Andrew Cyrille, and Bernard Purdie. He has played the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival, and has performed at venues around the country including Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and the Jazz Gallery in New York and LACMA, the Dorthy Chandler Pavillion, the Blue Whale, and Disney Hall in Los Angeles.