Renowned Bay Area bassist Uriah Duffy blends versatility with virtuosity. Since the mid-90's, Uriah has worked with many top acts in just about every style and an emphasis on R&B and Funk. He has provided the bass for Ledisi, Toni Tony Toné, Goapele, Sly & The Family Stone, Too $hort, Martin Luther, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and others. For the past five years, Uriah has toured nationally and internally with two very different acts: local Hip-Hop mogul Lyrics Born and legendary rock group Whitesnake. Knowing the set lists for many different acts keeps him busy, as well as his ability to jump in and learn on the spot. Having been a sideman for so many gifted acts has propelled Uriah to the level needed to produce his own brand of music and approach to the bass.
The son of hippie parents (consider his name, and his brother's "Yes"), Uriah grew up on the East Coast listening to classic rock-and-roll and playing in rock bands. Wanting to be the "baddest fusion cat ever," he was also influenced by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and Chick Corea's electric work. In school he learned to play in Classical, Theater and Jazz settings. Turning down a scholarship at Berklee School of Music in Boston, Uriah moved to Berkeley, CA, in 1994 with his son, Shilo. Taking from the pages of a bass player’s Who’s Who, his style can best be described along the likes of Larry Graham, Victor Wooten, Geddy Lee and Meshell Ndgeocello.
At Yoshi’s San Francsico, Uriah will bring down the house with a selection of funky tunes by the artists he loves the most as well as a few original compositions. The band will be comprised of other local luminaries and may even yield a couple celebrity surprises. Although he is proud of his ability to play so many styles, when asked Uriah will tell you his favorite styles are "R&B and Funk. The kind with the stank on it." When it comes right down to it, he wants to see people up and dancing, moving and grooving to the lines he creates. Catch Uriah before he departs for the Whitesnake 2009 European Tour!!!
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Added by Yoshis on April 27, 2009