Miles Mosley is an upright bassist, vocalist, producer, composer and arranger.
As a teen, Mosley was selected to play bass for the 1996 Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band & Choir, and was acclaimed as a “technical virtuoso” by Los Angeles Times jazz critic, Don Heckman. He received his classical training at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, had numerous years of study with jazz bass legends John Clayton, Ray Brown, and Al McKibbon, and received his undergraduate degree in music at UCLA. Since then Mosley has greatly expanded his repertoire, mastering the bass and a vast array of instruments, deftly blending Jazz with Rock, Pop, Funk, and R&B. Mosley has successfully combined bow work, effects, and ‘in-your-face’ dexterity to give his instrument his own signature sound.
The last few years have been the busiest of Mosley’s career. He has been featured in Bass Player Magazine, (US, Brazil and Japan), Bass Gear Magazine, and Player Magazine, Japan. He recently co-designed his signature line of upright basses for BLAST CULT, and will have a signature pick-up released in 2016. He has recorded, toured and collaborated with artists including A n d r a D a y , Christina Aguilera, Jason Mraz, Chris Cornell, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def and Avenged Sevenfold. He co-produced, composed, arranged and performed on actor Terrence Howard’s debut CD ‘Shine through It’. He appeared on the Grammy Awards telecast with the Gnarls Barkley Orchestra, at the Greek Theater with Jeff Beck, at the Staples Center with Rihanna, and headlined at The Alex Theatre with the Glendale Pops Orchestra. He accompanied singer Jonathan Davis of rock group Korn through North America and Europe, where he pulled double duty as the opening performer and as Davis’ solo band bassist. He opened for NAS at Capcom’s Resident Evil 6 Launch party. He recorded three tracks on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-winning album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’; and is the upright bass player for long-time band-member Kamasi Washington’s ‘The Epic’ triple CD release, charting at #1 on the ITunes Jazz album charts, # 25 on the Billboard charts; and was named one of Rolling Stone’s and Pitchfork’s “best albums of 2015”. Mosley’s single “Abraham” was named one of NPR’s ‘favorite songs of 2016 so far’, and he was featured as one of Vanity Fair’s Rising Stars. His new album ‘UPRISING’ will be released in 2017.