Opening Act: The David Marcus/Jon Alvarez Duo
Whether it was hiding under the piano while her sisters practiced or following her father to Middle Eastern and West African drum circles, passionate and historic live music has always been at the core of Hannah Dexter's existence.
She spent her high school years studying jazz and classical bass with Portland's most competitive youth symphonies and big bands, while working as an assistant to the head luthier at Pete's Upright Bass Shop. She received a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies from California Institute of the Arts in 2015. From there, she moved to Hollywood, and performs regularly with The Reverend Shawn Amos (Chicago blues), and A Horse A Spoon A Bucket (children's psychedelic). Her debut album of original music for solo bass and voice will be released this winter.
Hannah has shared the stage with Esperanza Spaulding, Terell Stafford, master Ghanaian drummer Obo Addy, Mickey Rokera, Vinny Golia, the Oregon Symphony, and the San Fernando Valley Symphony. Music has taken her from Portland, to Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Holland, England, France, and beyond. The 24 year-old has composed, performed, and recorded scores for James Franco's production of "The Glass Menagerie", Deborah Lavine's feature-length film "Wild Prairie Rose", Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush", and a solo showcase of early 19th century Dutch color films at The REDCAT.
She subscribes to the mantra instilled by her mentor, the late Thara Memory, that "you can't keep it, unless you give it away".