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GREAT LEAP : ARTISTS : NEDRA WHEELER

 

Nedra Wheeler is a bassist with a Masters of Fine Arts and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Performance from California Institute of the Arts. She has 16 years of teaching experience and 25 years of professional performance experience. A native of Los Angeles, she is an educator and volunteer in the South Central community and teaches bass for the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz.

Other teaching assignments include: Los Angeles Community College District, UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, and El Camino Community College. She has taught subjects in String, Wind and Jazz Ensembles, Improvisation, the History of Western Music, the Survey of Jazz, Introduction to World Music, Fundamentals, Solfeggio, and String Bass.

She is a role model for inspiring instrumentalists, she heads her own quartet, and her debut disk, "Gifts: Live at Birdland West" features her original compositions. She has performed with stellar musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, Billy Childs, Karen Briggs, Ravi Coltrane, and Alice Coltrane. She is heard on the film soundtracks for "Menace to Society," "Malcolm X," "Chick Peas," and "Clockers."

Nedra recently performed with her quartet June 17 at the Willowbrook Senior Center, June 19 at the William Grant Still Center, and July 8 at Summer Nights at MOCA.

Nedra has worked with Great Leap's Upward Bound program and will be participating in “To All Relations ‘99.”