Ashley Dzerigian

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Ashley Dzerigian
Ashley Dzerigian, June 2016, Tallinn.jpg
Background information
Birth name Ashley Brooke Beauchamp
Born 22 January 1983 (1983-01-22) (age 35)
La Verne, California, United States[1]
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Indie rock, rock
Instruments Bass guitar, Oboe, Double bass
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts Adam Lambert, My Jerusalem, Great Northern, Ed Harcourt, Money Mark, Maximum Hedrum CeeLo Green, Filter

Ashley Brooke Dzerigian (née Beauchamp; born 22 January 1983) is an American bass player. She previously played for Adam Lambert, Maximum Hedrum, CeeLo Green, My Jerusalem and Beastie Boys' keyboardist Money Mark. She is currently a member of the band Filter and plays for Cher. She is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and lives in Los Angeles, California. She plays Fender basses.[2]

Dzerigan previously played for indie-rock band Great Northern.[3] Great Northern released two studio albums and one extended play. On December 29, 2011 Adam Lambert introduced her as his new bassist.[4]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Dzerigan was 11 years old when she started playing in the school band on oboe, after she was told that none of her peers used it. She quickly mastered the instrument and immediately drew the attention of the director, who suggested that she play the bass guitar as a second instrument. She immediately began taking private lessons, and by 13, she mastered the double bass. She played in all the musical groups in her school, including the orchestra, jazz ensemble and choir. Dzerigan attended the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA).Since music for her was something more than just a hobby, she continued playing on bass guitar and bass at the California Institute of the Arts, focusing on jazz, Latin and Afro-Cuban music, and working with mentors such as Alphonso Johnson (Wayne Shorter, Weather Report), Todd Johnson (six-string bass pioneer) and double-bass virtuoso, Darek Oles. Once he graduated from the institute in 2005, she immediately joined the world of indie rock, touring worldwide and recording music with several indie bands and artists.[5]

Early career (2005-2011)[edit]

From 2005 to 2008, Dzerigan was a member of Great Northern, releasing the studio album Trading Twilight For Daylight. Unfortunately it was cut short, since the band fired Ashley without reason. She later explained " As much as I’d rather not focus on the split, I’d hate for people to think that I left because I chose to. I was fired and it was completely unexpected... If the fallout never happened, I never would have met Jeff Klein or Ed Harcourt. I’m grateful for the time I spent with Great Northern and I genuinely wish them the best in the future.[6]

Shortly after leaving Great Northern, Dzerigan toured with Jeff Klein in 2008, eventually prompting him to create the band My Jerusalem with other singers he toured with that year.[7] My Jerusalem released Without Feathers and Gone For Good before Ashley left to join Adam Lambert's band in early 2012. She also joined UK singer/songwriter Ed Harcourt and Beastie Boys keyboardist Money Mark for their respective tours.

2011 - 2013[edit]

In November 2011, a mutual friend of Dzerigan and Fender аrtist Tommy Joe Ratliff sent her to audition for American Idol alumnus Adam Lambert. She auditioned successfully and began making television appearances on shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, American Idol, Good Morning America, and Jimmy Kimmel Live, in addition to performances at venues across the world. In late 2012, Adam made a cameo in Pretty Little Liars with his touring band (including Ashley) on the Halloween special, "This is a Dark Ride."[8] On January 22, 2013, she joined the band Maximum Hedrum as bassist for their mini South American summer tour.

2014 - the present[edit]

On January 22, 2014, it was announced in a fan email that Dzerigan would be replacing Noah Harmon of The Airborne Toxic Event for a series of shows in 2014, as Noah takes a paternity leave of absence.[9] In mid February, Dzerigan stepped down due to unforeseen, last-minute circumstances and was replaced by Adrian Rodriquez.[10] She later joined Cee-Lo Green for his 2014 tour. In 2015, Filter frontman Richard Patrick announced on the band's Facebook page that Dzerigian, along with Oumi Kapila and Chris Reeve, had joined Patrick and Bobby Miller for the band's new album Crazy Eyes and subsequent world tour.

Other work[edit]

Dzerigan provided the bass guitar sound for the character Marceline the Vampire Queen in the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time.[11]

Ashley was also featured on Fender showcasing the Fender American Deluxe Dimension Bass V.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Dzerigan married the artist Ron Dzerigian at the age of 24. They are now divorced.

She married Australian rockstar drummer Chris Reeve twice in the last week of March, 2018. The first wedding took place in America, where magician Siegfried Tieber performed for guests. The second was a traditional outback themed ceremony, officiated by Kevin Bloody Wilson, in Chris’s home town of Perth, Western Australia.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

With My Jerusalem
  • Gone For Good (2010)
  • Preachers (2012)
With Great Northern
With Ed Harcourt
With Filter (band)

Filmography[edit]

Films credits
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Pretty Little Liars Herself "Cameo" (Season 3, Episode 13)

References[edit]

  1. ^ California Birth Index, 1905-1995
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Ward, Alie (February 7, 2007). "Great Northern". LA Weekly. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Adam Lambert's Twitter". Twitter.com. 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  5. ^ "8.9.12 Adam News & Info - Adamtopia Adam Lambert Fan Community". Adamtopia.com. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "My Jerusalem (ex-Twilight Singers, Great Northern, Polyphonic Spree) @ SXSW". Donewaiting.com. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Freedman, Pete (February 4, 2009). "Polyphonic Spree Member Starts New Band With Members Of The Gutter Twins, Twilight Singers, Bishop Allen and Great Northern". Blogs.dallasobserver.com. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Adam Lambert Performs "Cuckoo" & "Trespassing" On 'Pretty Little Liars'". Idolator.com. October 24, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Noah takes a break... Ashley steps in - The Airborne Toxic Event". Theairbornetoxicevent.com. January 22, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Meet Adrian - The Airborne Toxic Event". Theairbornetoxicevent.com. February 5, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "We Spoke to the Musical Masterminds Behind 'Adventure Time'". Noisey.vice.com. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_l8t8yZfAk