Stuart Zender

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Stuart Zender
Birth nameStuart Patrick Jude Zender
Also known asStu, SZ
Born (1974-03-18) 18 March 1974 (age 50)
London, England
OriginSheffield, England
Years active1993–present
Formerly of

Stuart Patrick Jude Zender (born 18 March 1974) is an English bassist. He is best known as a former member of the band Jamiroquai.[1]


Early life[edit]

Zender was born in Sheffield, England. He comes from a family with a musical background: Zender's father was a musician, his uncle was a flamenco guitarist, and his older sister participated in punk bands.[2] His family relocated to Norristown, Pennsylvania, when Zender was seven years old.[2] He moved back to England at age 15,[2] where he attended Leighton Park School in Reading, UK, for a year in 1988–89 before being expelled. Before leaving his home at age seventeen, Zender's mother had saved for him £2,000 for the occasion.[3]

As Zender said, he never had good business acumen, so instead of investing that money in some way, he visited a music store and bought a Warwick Streamer bass guitar which cost nearly the whole amount given to him by his mother. Before picking up a Warwick, Zender played a Music Man Stingray bass guitar. Of his early bands, the most famous was the prank rock group Fabulous, a 1991 outfit chiefly made up of NME writers and photographers.[citation needed] He also said that in another interview, he played a drum with a circus group without animals at that time.[citation needed]

Jamiroquai (1993–1998)[edit]

When Zender got out of school, he auditioned for Jamiroquai in 1993 as the band's bassist,[4] and he played on studio albums from Emergency on Planet Earth (1993) to Travelling Without Moving (1996). From there, Zender was asked to become an official Warwick basses endorser.[citation needed] He received a number of unique customised Streamer models.[citation needed]

Zender left Jamiroquai in 1998 during the recording of their fourth album, Synkronized, primarily because of conflicts with the band leader Jay Kay.[5] A spokesperson for the band said that Zender also expressed his desire to spend more time with his new wife Melanie Blatt and their new baby.[4]


After Jamiroquai, Zender had his own project with the British soul artist Don-E called AZUR, which signed a record deal with d'Angelo's label.[6] However, the project was shelved and was then available on the Internet for a short time. He has also played bass guitar with other artists, including All Saints, Omar, Lauryn Hill, D'Angelo, Gorillaz, Samuel Purdey, Ms. Dynamite and Stevie Wonder.

In summer 2006, Zender became the musical director and bass guitar player for Mark Ronson. The release of the album Version in 2007 proved to be a larger success than first expected. He has played bass guitar for Ronson at events such as BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, Wireless Festival, Global Gathering, and Glastonbury, and festivals all over Europe, including Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. They were also special guests on Jay-Z's UK tour.

Having left the Mark Ronson band in 2011, Zender started his own record label, White Buffalo Recordings, and formerly ran the music publishing company Made Youth Inc.

Some of Zender's most recent work was with the band Leroi.[7] Zender explained they were signed to Geffen Records in Los Angeles but that the deal fell through after the heads of the company, Polly Anthony and Jordan Shurr, who signed them, were made redundant.[citation needed]

In March 2023, Zender released the song "Happy Feelings", featuring Omar & Ana Tijoux, on all major streaming platforms.[8]

Personal Life[edit]

Zender and All Saints singer Melanie Blatt were together romantically for seven years; the couple split in early 2006. They have one daughter, named Lilyella, born 20 November 1998.


  • 1x Warwick SZ Signature Bass 4-string.
  • 1x Warwick SZ Signature Bass 4-string (Red one, saw live in Paris and Amsterdam for Mark Ronson).[9]
  • 1x Warwick SZ Signature Bass 4-string (White one, Zender posted the picture on Facebook).
  • 1x Warwick "Iroquai Rug Bass" Streamer 5-string.
  • 1x Warwick "The Chrome Ender Bass" Streamer Stage I 4-string.
  • 1x Fender 1964 Precision Bass.
  • 1x Warwick Streamer Stage II 5-string (used in 1995 live).
  • 1x Alembic Epic 4-string (onstage backup bass guitar).
  • 1x Warwick Streamer Stage I 4-string.
  • Ashdown Engineering ABM Amplification.
  • Ashdown Engineering SZ Funk Face Twin Dynamic Filter Pedal – Stuart Zender Signature Auto-Wah Pedal

Album appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Duff, S. L. (May 1997). "Can Jamiroquai Take Over the World?". Bass Player: 28–33.
  3. ^ "An Interview With Bassist Stuart Zender: Progressive Rock Update With Brad Houser". October 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Bassist Stuart Zender Leaves Jamiroquai". MTV. Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  5. ^ Mehle, Michael (9 July 1999). "Musical Two Rock Festivals Herald The Sounds Of Summer Mayhem Jamiroquai". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018.
  6. ^ "DON-E: Right down to the letter". Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Leroi - Stuart Zender music, videos, stats, and photos". Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  8. ^ Happy Feelings (feat. Omar & Ana Tijoux), retrieved 4 April 2023
  9. ^ [1] Archived 6 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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