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Crump, Stephan (Claude)

Crump, Stephan (Claude), acoustic and electric bassist, composer; b. Memphis, TN, 8 February 1972. He grew up in Memphis. His mother is Michele Robin Crump (born July 19, 1942 in Paris, France) and his father is Charles Metcalf Crump, Jr. (born April 25, 1942 in Memphis, TN). His brother is Patrick Metcalf Crump (born Dec. 5, 1969 in Memphis, TN).

Mostly self-taught on electric bass starting at age 13. He had acoustic bass study at Amherst College with Michael Marcus (jazz study) and at UMass with Salvatore Macchia (classical study). Also classical study in Paris, France with Patrick Hardouineau. He did further jazz study in NYC with Michael Moore.

Stephan was raised in music. His mother, an amateur pianist from Paris, and his Memphis-born father, an architect and jazz drummer, provided a home that was rich in their two native cultures, French and Southern. After several years of classical piano study and two years with the alto saxophone, Stephan picked up the bass guitar at age thirteen and was soon playing in a variety of groups, performing in festivals, and touring the Southeastern U. S.  By the end of high school he was leading his own jazz/rock trio, which performed and recorded his original compositions.

In 1994, Stephan received his Bachelor of Music degree from Amherst College, where he studied under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlin and was awarded the Sundquist Prize for performance and composition. While at Amherst he began studying the acoustic bass, with a focus on classical training which culminated in a year of study abroad in Paris with Gary Karr protege Patrick Hardouineau. Stephan's jazz studies at Amherst included work with jazz greats Max Roach, Frank Foster, and Ray Drummond. Upon leaving Amherst, he toured the U.S. and Canada with the Tommy Dorsey Band before moving to New York. After arriving in New York, Stephan continued his studies with Michael Moore.

Stephan has performed and recorded in the US and across the globe with a diverse list of musicians- from Warner Bros. bluesman Bill Sims, Jr. to Portishead's Dave McDonald, The Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano, Big Ass Truck, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Henderson, Ernie Watts, Marvin Stamm, Frank Foster, Jack Walrath, Mark Feldman, Bobby Previte, Mino Cinelu, Pete McCann, Matt Wilson, and late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland. Stephan is currently a member of Gregg Bendian's Mahavishnu Project, the Vijay Iyer Quartet, the Liberty Ellman Trio, the Weimarband, and singer/songwriter Jen Chapin's band.

While maintaining a busy schedule as a sideman, including regular studio work for film, television, and radio, Stephan remains intensely involved with composing and performing his own music. His compositions can be heard in Miramax, HBO, Showtime and Bravo films, and he just finished work on the original score for the upcoming Simple Focus Films release Fresh Cut Grass.

In addition to performing regularly with his group in the New York area, Stephan recently returned to the studio, this time with a quintet.
Stephan endorses Reverend basses. His wife is Jennifer Elspeth Chapin (born March 21, 1971 on Long Island, NY [Rockville Center]). Jen is a musician, a songwriter/singer (http://www.jenchapin.com). They work together often and Stephan has spent much of this last year co-producing an upcoming release by Jen entitled "Linger."

Poems and Other Things (1997); Tuckahoe (2001); Jen Chapin/Stephan Crump: Open Wide (2002)
As sideperson:
Big Ass Truck: Big Ass Truck (1994); Kevn Kinney: Down Out Law (1994)Rob Levit: Afterimage (1996), East River View (1997); Vijay Iyer: Panoptic Modes (2002), Blood Sutra (2003); Joel Harrison: Free Country (2003)

"Wishful Thinking" Miramax (1997); "Fresh Cut Grass" Simple Focus Films/Showtime (2003) 

JazzTimes April 2002
Jazziz February 2003
BassPlayer March 2002
BassPlayer August 2002
AllAboutJazz July 2001
Berkshire Eagle September 2002

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