Bassist Rob Thorsen maintains a diverse and busy schedule in Southern California as a performer, educator, clinician and composer. After playing classical guitar, ﬂute, saxophones, tuba and electric bass as a youth, he found his true voice in the upright bass.
He moved to San Diego from the San Francisco Bay area and became entrenched in the San Diego music world, which has continued to grow into one of America’s great jazz meccas. He now performs regularly as a leader and with artists including the Mike Wofford/ Holly Hofmann Quartet, Charles McPherson, Steph Johnson, Gilbert Castellanos, Voices of Our City Choir and a host of others.
He has released six recordings as a leader, the most recent “Bass is the Space - Solos and Duos” featured an array of jazz talents in duo settings as well as solo performances of originals and more. In 2008 he created “Jazz an American Art Form” – a hugely successful jazz educational program that is presented to approximately 8,000 students annually, a large majority of those in underserved communities. Rob is also an educator at the UCSD Jazz Camp, the Young Lions Jazz Collective and teaches privately as well.
“When I began playing upright bass, the fact that I felt the sound as much as heard it had a profound effect on me. I was hooked for life.”