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Mike Pope

Mike Pope

Raised on the sounds of classical and jazz piano in Bowling Green, Ohio, Mike Pope's musical development began as a pianist at age 7. Through his brother, Pope discovered the electric bass, and by age 12, he began emulating the lines of Jaco Pastorius. Just a couple years later, with the encouragement of his teacher, Jeff Halsey, Pope began studying the acoustic upright. In his mid-teens, he received permission from his dad, a concert pianist and instructor at Bowling Green State University, to participate in the school's lab bands and to also continue acquiring live performance experience while gigging at the local jazz clubs.After high school, Pope completed his degree in jazz studies performance through the tradition of North Texas State University's prestigious jazz program. He then moved to Los Angeles for a short time before relocating to New York City on the recommendation of Michael Brecker where he immersed himself in the eclectic musical landscape and soon became distinguished for his reputation on both acoustic upright and electric bass.Since 1993, Pope has become a fixture on the New York jazz scene. He has performed or recorded with some of the world's most venerated musicians including Michael and Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Joe Locke, Chuck Loeb, Steve Smith, and Jeff "Tain" Watts to name just a few.Over the past couple of years, Pope has expanded his credits by touring internationally as a member of several high-profile projects including Chick Corea's Elektric Band, David Sanborn, The Manhattan Transfer, and Bill Bruford's Earthworks.Under his own name, Pope has merged his precise technical command of acoustic upright and electric bass with his composing and arranging skills on two projects, Walk Your Dogma (1997) and The Lay Of The Land (2002).An in-demand educator, Pope provides instruction worldwide through clinics and his own jazz camp. He has appeared as a special guest artist at events such as Steve Bailey's Bass At The Beach, Victor Wooten's Bass/Nature Camp, Bass Day, and Euro Bass Day alongside bass titans Matthew Garrison and Dominique Di Piazza. Pope is also a former faculty member of the Bass Collective.In addition to his tremendous talent as a bassist, Pope has contributed to the design and fabrication of various electronic devices for bass. Amongst his inventions, Pope has devised a proprietary preamp circuit that is used in Fodera basses, a compressor sold by Fodera, and he also builds customized preamps, as requested, for individuals.Visit

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