Kai Eckhardt is a Liberian/German bassist and composer best known for his contribution to the John Mclaughlin Trio in the 80's, Billy Cobham's International Quartet in the 90's and the band Garaj Mahal in the new Millennium. Kai has also recorded and performed with Trilok Gurtu, Stanley Clarke, Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Dewey Redman, George Brooks, Donald Byrd, Bela Fleck, Maria Joao, Dino Saluzzi, Sertab Erener, Palle Mikkelborg, Victor Wooten, Alphonse Mouzon, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Michael Franti, Larry Coryell, Warren Hill, Al Di Meola, Zakir Hussain, Steve Smith, John Scofield , Bill Frisell, George Benson, and Mike Stern.
Besides being an active performer, Kai is a passionate and experienced music educator who teaches privately and online while being a faculty member of the Jazz School Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has taught clinics and master classes world-wide with engagements ranging from Berklee School of Music in Boston, the Bass Collective in New York, the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, the Anton Bruckner Conservatory in Austria, Amsterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands and Victor Wooten's Bass and Nature camp.
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