Nathan East is an American jazz, R&B and rock bass player and vocalist, who has appeared on more than 2,000 albums over the past 35 years, and considered one of the most recorded bass players in the history of music. As a sideman, he has accompanied artists like: Barry White, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Ferry, Sting, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, The Manhattan Transfer, Herbie Hancock, and Daft Punk. He also composed the music for the superhit ”Easy Lover” for Phil Collins and Philip Bailey. East has been a member of Eric Clapton’s studio and touring bands since the early 1980’s, and also performed on the Grammy Award winning album Unplugged, as well as the song ”Change the World”, which won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1997. Other appearances include: Phil Collins’ ”Live & Loose in Paris”, Eric Clapton’s 24 Nights, One More Car, One More Rider, Crossroads Guitar Festival, Andrea Bocelli’s Vivere Live in Tuscany, and David Foster & Friends. East is one of the original members of the contemporary jazz group, Fourplay, with which he has recorded 13 studio albums, along with Live in Cape Town. Nathan East released his debut self-titled solo album in 2014, which features several of his longtime musical associates. His second studio album, Reverence was released in 2017.
Bassist Nathan East on: coming from a large family, always music around, alter boy in church, how the bass came into his world at fourteen, influencers, inspirations, passion, learning, talent, practice, mentors, work ethic, gift, education, energy, record, touring, genres, lifestyle, spirit, gear, venues, approach, writing, ideas, direction, quality, developments, relationships, success, motto, human fingerprint, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Fourplay, first gig, the Clapton sessions, ”Tears in Heaven”, ”Change the World”, solo albums, the pope, his studio, pilots license, the 1980’s, Easy lover, Footloose, the state of modern music, and more.
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How the bass came into his world at fourteen
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Joining Eric Clapton
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