Jeff Berlin

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Jeff Berlin
Jeff Berlin 2007 in Austin TX.jpg
Berlin performing in 2007
Background information
Birth name Jeffrey Arthur Berlin
Born (1953-01-17) January 17, 1953 (age 65)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz fusion, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals
Years active 1970–present
Labels Denon, Rock Empire, Random Act
Associated acts Bruford

Jeffrey Arthur Berlin (born January 17, 1953) is an American jazz fusion bassist. He came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the band Bruford led by drummer Bill Bruford.

Musical career[edit]

Berlin was born in Queens, New York, on January 17, 1953.[1][2] He studied violin for ten years until he was 14, when he was inspired to play bass after seeing the Beatles.[3] He then attended Berklee College of Music to study bass.[4]

On August 30, 2013, he married Gabriela Sinagra, a jazz singer and vocal coach from Rosario, Argentina.[5]

Style and appreciation[edit]

In a review for his album Low Standards, Bass Musician Magazine said, "Anytime I mention [Jeff Berlin], there seems to be a ripple in the force and the wave of Berlin supporters or antagonists come to the surface and spout-off their opinions. No matter where you stand regarding Jeff's musical philosophy, no one can reasonably deny the simple fact that Jeff seriously knows his craft and is one of the major players of our time."[6]

Berlin's playing style has been compared to that of Jaco Pastorius; however, Berlin has repeatedly stated his distaste for Jaco imitators.[7]



  1. ^ Gilbert, Mark (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 201. ISBN 1-56159-284-6. 
  2. ^ Jisi, C. Brave New Bass. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 97. ISBN 9781617745065. Retrieved 2015-06-22. 
  3. ^ Mulhern, Tom (1993). Bass Heroes: Styles, Stories & Secrets of 30 Great Bass Players : from the Pages of Guitar Player Magazine. Backbeat Books. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-87930-274-0. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  4. ^ Ake, David Andrew (2010). Jazz Matters: Sound, Place, and Time Since Bebop. University of California Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-520-26688-9. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  5. ^ Jeff Berlin's Net Worth Celebrity Net Worth
  6. ^ "Low Standards: Jeff Berlin". Bass Musician Magazine. 
  7. ^ "Jeff Berlin: Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger!". Bass Inside. September 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 

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