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Ross Kratter
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July 14
New York, NY
Freelance bassist, composer, arranger, copyist

Ross Kratter

Male, from New York, NY

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  • About

    July 14
    New York, NY
    Freelance bassist, composer, arranger, copyist
    Current Setup:
    Double bass and EUB:
    1938 Kay S-51 with AMT S26i mic and David Gage Realist pickup (converted to 4-string by someone before I bought it)
    Eminence 4-string fixed neck EUB

    Electric basses:
    Fodera Monarch 6 Bolt-on
    Warwick Artist Series Steve Bailey 6-string fretless
    Lakland Skyline 55-01 Deluxe Spalted Maple
    Fender 5-string American Jazz Bass
    Fender 4-string Mexican Precision Bass
    Hofner 500/1V62
    Yamaha BB425X 5-string P/J

    Hartke LH1000 head
    Hartke HyDrive HX410 and HX115 cabinets
    Hartke HD75 combo amp (small rooms, pits, etc. where there's enough space for an amp)

    Dunlop volume pedal
    TC Electronic PolyTune
    Aguilar Tone Hammer DI
    MXR Bass Envelope Filter
    EBS OctaBass
    Zoom MS-60B

    ZZYZX SnapJack cables
    (and some other backup gear that I don't even touch anymore)

    Ultimate Ears UE-18 IEMs (indispensable on ships and in pits!)

    STRINGS: La Bella 7720S on DB and EUB, LaBella Deep Talkin' Flats on Fender P bass and Hofner, La Bella RX-S6A on my Fodera and Warwick (30-118), La Bella Low Tension Flexible Flats on Yamaha BB425X
    Favorite Genres:
    Jazz, rock, Motown, funk, soul, classical, Afro-Peruvian, reggae, ska, tango
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Cunard Line, P&O Cruises UK, Royal Caribbean International, The Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra (my big band), Karachacha (Afro-Peruvian jazz), as well as lots of freelance work including with the Mike Longo NY State of the Art Big Band, Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet, and many more. Also many freelance theatre gigs including off-Broadway and other professional regional theatres. Also lots of work as a composer, arranger, and copyist.
    G.A.S. List:
    Need to get a tuba.
    Influences and Teachers:
    TEACHERS: Mike Richmond, Ron McClure, Felix Pastorius, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Anthony Wellington, John Benitez, John DeWitt, Frank Hansen
    INFLUENCES: Victor Wooten, Ray Brown, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, Christian McBride, John Clayton, Stanley Clarke, Michael Moore, John Patitucci, George Mraz, John Benitez, Tom Kennedy, Mike Hall, Scott Ambush, James Jamerson, Steve Bailey, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Paul McCartney, John Deacon, John Entwistle, Jimmy Johnson, Leland Sklar, Nathan East, Bobby Vega, Rocco Prestia, Will Lee, David Wong, Andy McKee, Phil Palombi, Brian Bromberg, and many others
    Endorsing artist, La Bella Strings
    Available for Instruction?:
    • Bass Guitar Instruction
    • Double Bass Instruction
    I'm a bassist, composer, arranger, and copyist based in NYC. I've spent the last two and a half years working in the orchestras on various cruise ships, getting to back some really amazing (and some really terrible) acts.




    Ross Kratter
    Hartke Club #232