Angeline Saris walks through her favorite bass tunes, talks heroes and details the gear behind her funk fusion sound

Angeline Saris
(Image credit: Matt Granz)

What was your way into bass guitar, Angeline? 

“I started playing bass in our high school jazz band when I was 15 years old. We were lucky enough to have one of those special teachers who goes the extra mile. He booked our band on a handful of cruise ships where Joe Henderson, Les McCann and Roy Hargrove were playing. I remember being 16 years old and watching them perform, totally transfixed. It was a magical time in my life and also the root of my love affair with the bass, jazz, and all things music.”   

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