Christoph Luty – Bassist

Bassist Christoph Luty is known for his big, natural sound, melodic bass lines and solos, and articulate arco playing. He came to Los Angeles from Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1990 to pursue his dream of studying and playing with the greats. He studied bass with his mentor John Clayton–who has said “Christoph’s playing exemplifies…swinging bass lines, lyrical solos, and a great, natural sound that is huge and full”–and also earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California. His playing has received many accolades. All About Jazz noted that “bassist Christoph Luty has a fat sound and an unerring sense of melody.” With the Jeff Hamilton Trio “Luty ‘sang’ with a rich sound recalling the sonorous lower register of jazz bass great Ray Brown,” as reviewed in The Capital-Journal. Reviewing Christoph’s CD “It’s Good To Be Seen,” Jazz Player Magazine noted that “Christoph Luty’s arco bass playing ability is remarkable…exceptionally in tune with a centered tone.”

Christoph currently lives in the Los Angeles area, and maintains a busy concert schedule, appearing in concert halls, clubs, and festivals throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. He is presently a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio, which performs concerts, club dates and workshops nationally and internationally. As the longtime bassist of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra he has collaborated on concerts with artists like Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Diana Krall, Clark Terry, Dave Brubeck, James Moody and Shirley Horn, to name only a few. He has recorded with the likes of Milt Jackson, John Pizzarelli, Diana Krall and more; and has appeared nationally with artists such as Dena DeRose, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Curtis Stigers, Bill Watrous, Anthony Wilson, Jeff Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Howlett Smith and many others.

Christoph is also interested in educating young bassists – he teaches jazz bass at California State University Long Beach, assists John Clayton at the University of Southern California, and teaches privately in his own studio.

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