If bass is the backbone of jazz, Mike Frost is the heart and soul. As leader of the Mike Frost Band, this virtuoso of the vibe is equally at home as the foundation of a song as he is the centerpiece, emerging from the background to captivate audiences with solo performances otherwise reserved for instruments of higher pitch. And while he an approach treble with his demonstrations of digital dexterity, Frost is clearly all about that bass.
A native of Queens, New York, Frost studied under jazz legends Pat Martino and Jaco Pastorius. More than a band leader and bass player, he is a composer, studio musician, educator, recording engineer and designer, as well as owner and sound engineer of Spirit Studio in Aiken, South Carolina. He is an authentic crossover musician with a deep melodic pocket and soulful, creative solo approach, transitioning seamlessly from jazz standards to blues to funk to rock-n-roll, incorporating a unique and imaginative interpretation to his compositions.
The Mike Frost Band has become a jazz staple in the Carolinas and beyond, regularly appearing on stage in California and in Frost’s native New York. He has recorded and performed with an extensive collection of noteworthy musicians including Donald Vega, Wycliffe Gordon, Jorma Kaukonen, Jesse Colin Young, Esteban, Jimmy Bruno, New York Voices, The Gypsy Kings, David Mann (Tower of Power), Manolo Badrena (Weather Report), Todd Turkisher (David Byrne, Ute Lemper), John Scarpulla (Tower of Power, Bruce Springsteen), John Miceli (Meatloaf) and George Cintron (Leslie West, Blue Oyster Cult). Frost is highly noted for the unique quality of sound he produces on his custom Clifford Roi fretless and fretted basses.
Some of Mike Frost’s recordings include Mike Frost: Inner Voice, Mike Frost: Tears of Joy, Karmic Tiempo’s Synergy, The Deep, Keith Hart’s It’s About Time, Ken Talve’s Across the Board, Jesse Colin Young’s Election Day, and Esteban Live at Red Rocks.
With a desire to pass his craft on to aspiring musicians, Frost is a highly sought instructor, offering personal lessons locally as well as around the world on Skype. He is an adjunct professor at University of South Carolina at Aiken and conducts camps and clinics.