Grammy-nominated, Memphis-bred bassist/composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene.
Shunning barriers of musical genre, Stephan has performed and recorded in the US and across the globe with a diverse list of musicians—from Motown legends Ashford and Simpson to Portishead’s Dave McDonald, The Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano, Jim Campilongo, Patti Austin, Jorma Kaukonen, Lucy Kaplansky, Mahavishnu Project, Big Ass Truck, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Sonny Fortune, Bobby Previte, and late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland.
Currently, Stephan can be heard as a long-standing member of Vijay Iyer Trio, Jen Chapin Trio, Ches Smith Trio, Secret Keeper, and his own Rosetta Trio.
While maintaining a busy schedule as sideman, Stephan remains intensely involved with composing and performing his own music, which can be heard in Miramax, HBO, Showtime and Simple Focus films, and on his eight critically-acclaimed albums as leader.
At Amherst he began studying the acoustic bass, with a focus on classical training that culminated in a year of study abroad in Paris with Gary Karr-protégé Patrick Hardouineau. His jazz studies at Amherst included work with Max Roach, Frank Foster, and Ray Drummond. After college, he moved straight to New York and for a time continued studies with bass virtuoso Michael Moore.