Todd Sickafoose

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Todd Sickafoose
At Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2015
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson
Background information
Born 1974
Genres Jazz, Folk, Rock, Avant-garde
Instruments bass, piano
Labels Cryptogramophone
Associated acts Ani DiFranco

Todd Sickafoose is an American jazz and rock bassist, composer and producer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area who now lives in Berkeley, CA.

He is best known for playing bass with Ani DiFranco, but has also led his own group, "Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors".[1][2]

Sickafoose has also been a member of the bands of Jenny Scheinman, Scott Amendola, Adam Levy, Allison Miller (drummer), and Noe Venable.[2] He has also performed and recorded with Don Byron, Trey Anastasio, Nels Cline, Ron Miles, Myra Melford, Skerik, Stanton Moore, Bobby Previte, Will Bernard, Jessica Lurie, Erin McKeown, Gina Leishman, Carla Bozulich, Etienne de Rocher, James Carney, Erik Deutsch, Shane Endsley, Tony Furtado, Darol Anger,[1] Andrew Bird, Art Hirahara[3] and John Zorn.[4]

At the age of 13 Sickafoose began playing double bass after seeing Edgar Meyer perform. He later studied with Charlie Haden[1] and then with Mel Powell at California Institute of the Arts. He moved to Brooklyn, New York's "vibrant music scene," joining many musical friends that were residing there. Sickafoose began playing with Ani DiFranco after opening for her on tour in 2002 and 2004.[5]

Critic Steve Greenlee of JazzTimes states Sickafoose's 2008 release Tiny Resistors is one of that "year’s most compelling listens."[6] The CD also received positive reviews from NY Times and USA Today.[5]

Sickafoose has produced the albums Hadestown and Young Man in America for Anaïs Mitchell.



  1. ^ a b c Biography All About Jazz
  2. ^ a b Biography, Retrieved February 22, 2009
  3. ^ "Todd Sickafoose Adjunct Instructor Jazz Bass, Jazz Studies, & Film Composition". University of Oregon. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  4. ^ John Kelman Tiny Resistors June 03, 2008
  5. ^ a b Rex Butters Todd Sickafoose: The Art of Non-Resistance September 22, 2008
  6. ^ Steve Greenlee CD Reviews: Tiny Resistors JazzTimes, September 2008

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