Ollie Dudek

Ollie Dudek is a San Francisco native who started playing the electric and upright bass while growing up in the Bay Area.  He was first introduced to music at a young age through studying piano at Richmond Community Music Center and later began playing the guitar and bass..   He was introduced to Jazz by his father Matthew Dudek who worked professionally as a carpenter and also a jazz bassist in the San Francisco Jazz Scene.  Ollie's main stylistic influences revolve mainly around the musical genres of Swing,Bebop Blues, Afro Cuban and classical. In regards to musical education Ollie spent much of his time studying music at San Francisco State University under the guidance of Andrew Speight, John Calloway and Dee Spencer while immersing him self in performing in the local jazz scene.  Ollie has been Called a "gifted young player" by music editor and reviewer Scott Yanow.  His interesting bass lines and rhythmic pulse drives the music forward towards new and exciting heights.  Ollie works as a professional musician, playing at local venues, fairs, and festivals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  In addition to recording on several recordings with Flautist Gerald Becket, Ollie can also be heard on his own albums entitled Flight of Life: Scenic Route Trio featuring Javier Santiago (piano) and Genus Wesely (drums)  The Changing Scene by the Bay Tones Trio with pianist Grant Levin and drummer Omar Aran. In 2017 Ollie traveled to Cuba to study Afro-Cuban music, rhythms and culture.  Upon his return he participated a 3 week run of a musical play called "the Cool" focusing on the life and music of Chet Baker.  Recently Ollie has traveled to both New York and New Orleans to perform at gigs and gain a solid understanding of Jazz's historical significance as America's true original art form.    Ollie has Performed at such venues as Yoshi's, the Red Poppy, Black Cat, Club Deluxe, Bird and Beckett, Monteray Jazz festival, The Fillmore Jazz Festival, Mr. Tipples, Knowhere Speak Easy, Devil's Acre, Comstock and at the Dream Force convention
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