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Darren Frate

Darren Frate

Darren Frate has been playing bass for more than 35 years, including 15 as a teacher. Frate, who majored in film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, specializes in electric bass, music theory and ensembles. He has toured and played with a variety of national acts, including Herman’s Hermits (“I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am”), Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers (“Ramblin’ Man”), Gary Lewis and the Playboys (“This Diamond Ring”), Mitch Ryder (“Devil With a Blue Dress On”), Ian Hunter (“Cleveland Rocks”), Gerald Levert (“Casanova”), and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Frate has also recorded several CDs with his own folk and jazz groups.  The latest release by his current group, Velvet Voyage, features legendary jazz guitarist Mike Stern, known for his work with Miles Davis.

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