Solomon Dorsey is a bassist, singer and producer hailing from Kansas City, Missouri. He studied classical viola and opera at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. While pursuing classical studies, he also played acoustic bass in jazz ensembles, where he was quickly noticed by renowned alto saxophonist Bobby Watson. Solomon spent three years performing in Bobby's band.
In 2003, Solomon moved to New York City and completed his studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where his principal teachers included Buster Williams, Sergio Brandao and Buddy Booker. He quickly became one of the most in-demand young players in the city, due to his deep understanding of both electric and acoustic basses, his proficiency in many styles and his strong sense of melody and weighty groove.
Solomon currently performs with progressive jazz group The Trio of Oz (Omar Hakim, Rachel Z), jazz/soul singer José James, folk-rock singer/songwriter Krystle Warren, trumpeter Maurice Brown and Italian pop legend Pino Daniele. He also serves as musical director and bassist/vocalist for Irish soul singer Laura Izibor.
“I first purchased a Markbass rig when the one I used to use was in the shop,” says Solomon. “I intended to use it just for the night and return it the next day, but on the gig I was blown away by the incredible sounds that were coming out of it, and so were the other musicians onstage. From that point on I never looked back! Markbass amps have the meaty tone, clarity, and response that I've always been looking for. It doesn't matter if I'm playing straight ahead jazz with an acoustic bass in a small jazz club or loud pop and rock in an theater or arena. Markbass amps and cabinets give me the sound that I need with a simple, uncluttered and intuitive design that lets me focus on the music.”