Sandy Eldred is an internationally acclaimed bassist, improviser, recording artist, composer, and music educator currently living in Philadelphia, PA. Eldred is known for his inventiveness and command across music genres. He is proud to be represented by Ukrainian record label, LabelWhoAble.
Eldred is a co-founder of U.S.E. Trio (Urbina, Scarano, Eldred), Many Mansions, and Mars Apes, member of the Bogdan Gumenyuk Quartet, the Michael Hudson-Casanova Sextet, and leader of the Sandy Eldred Trio.
Eldred is a member of large ensembles: Norman David and the Eleventet, Jamal Jones’ Bureau of Sonic Wonderland, Ian O’Beirne’s Slowbern, and the Earl Phillips Big Band. He has also played with the South Philly Big Band, the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, Matt Gallagher’s Philly Big Band, and Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound under the direction of Muhal Richard Abrams.
As an educator, Eldred offers lessons, masterclasses, and workshops. He received a Masters Degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He has taught students and directed ensembles at various universities in the United States, Canada, and Ukraine. Eldred is an original member of “Jazz Mission”, an educational project that helps to inspire the younger generation of musicians in Ukraine.