Saadi Zain - Bass
Since moving to New York City in 1994, Saadi Zain has steadily built a career as a freelance bassist; called upon not only in the field of jazz, but also cabaret, classical, world music, musical theater and even R&B/pop. Saadi studied at the Hartt School of Music under saxophonist Jackie McLean and later studied with bassist Keter Betts while living and working in the Washington D.C. area. After moving to New York, he further honed his craft as a long-time student of the legendary Ron Carter as well as playing regularly with master drummer Charli Persip who he has been playing with regularly for over ten years as the bassist of his band Supersound. Mr. Zain has been performing in the trio of piano virtuoso Roy Meriwether, and is also the bassist with Wade Barnes Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble. As the bassist for Trudi Manns open-mic for singers for over ten years, he has extensive experience working with many kinds of singers.
Saadi has also had the pleasure of performing with many other noted musicians including Al Grey, Muhal Richard Abrams, the Mingus Orchestra, The Ron Carter Nonet, Ronny Jordan, Sheila Jordan, Houston Person, Wycliffe Gordon, Joshua Bell, Marlene Verplanck, Linda Lavin as well as several local and regional orchestras and a few Broadway pits including Andrew Lloyd Webers Woman in White and The Phantom of the Opera. In January 2006, he performed the Beethoven 9th Symphony at Carnegie Hall with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra in a benefit concert to aid the survivors of the October 2005 earthquake in South Asia. Internationally, Saadi has performed in Italy (the Rome Festival Orchestra), headlined a band at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Poznan, Poland, performed at the World Music Festival (Forum des Musiques du Monde) in Marseilles, France, and also performed in China, Taiwan and Malaysia as part of a jazz tour sponsored by Moet/Hennessy.