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  • Pop Bass
  • Rock Bass
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    Osama AfifiOffering private lessons in
    Tacoma, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    Introduction
    My name is Osama Afifi. I play and teach electric and upright bass. I have taught bass for over 25 years.
    Contact 206-877-2285

    Background
    Osama Afifi has been a professional bassist since 1983. He has recorded and performed live with many artists such as U.S. and Canadian tours with Yanni during the "Reflections of Passion" and "Dare to Dream" concert tours, a European and Canadian tour with French artist Vanessa Paradis(Johnny Depp's wife) and a TV show on VH1 called "Storytellers" with The Doors. He has worked with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalists Kurt Elling and Nnenna Freelon, The 5th Dimension, The Cadillacs, jazz saxophonist Gary Herbig, singer Debbie Boone, former Miles Davis keyboardist Kei Akagi, Doors drummer John Densmore, Brazilian style guitar duo Hugo Jojo, and jazz trumpeter Tony Guerrero.
    For several years he has been the bassist for the B Sharp Jazz Quartet, who have been recognized by numerous national and regional magazines and newspapers. The Quartet toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. They performed at the North Sea, Istanbul, Nice, Brecon, and Monterey Jazz Festivals, to name a few. Afifi ventured into composition, co-writing a song entitled "Nami" that is featured on the group's CD Searching for the One. The song was quoted as "a future Jazz standard" by Billboard Magazine. KLON, a Los Angeles jazz radio station, chose "Nami" to be on their latest compilation CD.

    Since moving to the Pacific Northwest he has worked with the Tacoma Symphony, Judy Collins, Kareem Kandi Quartet, Darren Motamedy, David Keys, Hook Me Up, Gail Pettis, Michael Powers and many others. His education includes studies at the Dick Grove School of Music. He also studied with Jeff Berlin and Gary Willis.


    My Teaching Philosophy
    I teach bass in a comfortable and creative environment. I teach everything from R&B,funk,rock,slap to jazz,latin jazz,sight reading and classical music. I average over 275 gigs a year and I like bringing those experiences to the lessons. I like students who are motivated to learn and who love to groove!!

    Rates And Availability
    I teach at my private bass studio in the Tacoma Wa. area. I charge $25.00 per half hour.
    Depending on the situation I offer half hour weekly, hour biweekly or even ninety minute monthly power lessons if the student commutes from a far distance.