Gerald Spaits, a native of Kansas City, is one of the foremost bass players in the Kansas City area. Gerald has enjoyed an active career including playing and recording with Jay McShann, Marilyn Maye, Gary Foster, Eldar Djangirov, and Russ Long. He has appeared with national recording artists Herb Ellis, Woody Herman Orchestra, Red Holloway, Kevin Mahogany, and Karrin Allyson, among others. Gerald also leads the Kansas City Bass Quartet, which he formed with some of the best bass players in Kansas City, performing both original and jazz standards arranged for four basses. Gerald is currently on staff at The University of Missouri Kansas City, as the instructor for Jazz Bass under Bobby Watson and also has a full schedule teaching in the Kansas City area.
Gerald has also provided soundtracks for TV and radio commercials. He has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival and the World’s Fair in Seville, Spain. Gerald debuted his own; self produced CD, Three Sides in 1998, followed with three additional CD’s on the Passit Productions Label; Never Let Me Go with the Russ Long Trio, Time To Go, featuring Russ Long’s original music arranged for a seven-piece group by both Gerald and Russ, and The Westport Art Ensemble, featuring many original compositions and arrangements. His most recent CD, in 2011; The Westport Art Ensemble, Live at The CoffeeHouse, featured a selection of live music recorded during several concerts at the Westport CoffeeHouse.
Gerald’s latest CD is “Solo Bass” a recording of bass alone playing standards as well as original material. His latest project is a ensemble called “Sax & Violins” a collaboration of jazz band with a traditional string quartet, playing music ranging from Thelonious Monk to the Beatles.
Gerald has been on faculty for KCBW since 2013!
Gerald Spait’s website www.geraldspaits.com