I was born in Trabzon, Turkey in 1961 and grew up in Istanbul. I started out playing Mandolin and Accordion in fist grade. I first became interested in playing bass upon hearing records by Jaco Pastorius, Scott LaFaro, Charlie Haden, Ray Brown, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker. More recently I play played in Europe with different jazz groups. In 1995 I made a move from Istanbul to Palm Beach, Florida with my wife Gul. I've been performing in South Florida since then as a freelance bassist. For the last 5 years I've done art shows almost every weekend ( as an artist) in season, so I'm not playing music as much as I did before. I spend most summer times in Istanbul making recordings and performing at jazz concerts. Some performances: With Group Telvin: 'Jazz Made in Turkey' in Lincoln Center NY.NY. With Joe Lovano. North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, In Germany, Holland and Istanbul many Jazz festivals. This is my first jazz album in US, call ' Old School '. Imer Demirer Trumpet, Serkan Ozyilmaz Piano, and I play Double-bass. It is trio album. In one song Ayse Gencer sings in 'Everything Happens to me' and Turgut Alp Bekoglu plays drum in 'Always and Forever' Songs we had recorded in this album: All the things you are, All of you, Jordu, Always and forever, Everything happens to me, Blue Train, Scrapple from the apple and Bye Bye blackbird.
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