Bassist Greg Loughman was born in the small town of Zanesville Ohio, but his career has taken him from his small town roots to stages across the world. He has made a name for himself as an “emphatically lyrical” -Scott Albin, JazzTimes, versatile, and sensitive accompanist who plays “with sublime authority” – Raul d’Gama Rose, AllAboutJazz.com and “delivers not only the foundation, but also intriguing, melodic, cleanly stated solos” -Bill Donaldson, Cadence Magazine.
Loughman’s career is a study in versatility. In addition to his collaborations with modern jazz group the John Funkhouser trio, the Sonic Explorers, and ManOnLand, Loughman was a long time collaborator with straight ahead, swinging pianists Yoko Miwa and Ray Santisi. His stylistic versatility and musical sensibility has allowed him to play with luminaries such as Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Galper, and Mark Murphy, among others. Loughman also performs in a variety of settings that call upon traditions that span the globe. He co-leads the genre-hopping trio Roving Soul, performs regularly with the expansive klezmer juggernaut Klezwoods. He has recorded jazz that draws upon Greek traditional music with Lefteris Kordis, as well as the modern third stream ensemble Fugue Mill. Most recently Loughman has toured extensively with the Rhythm Future Quartet, a group that combines modern Manouche Jazz with influences including Choro, Balkan, and Newgrass. Loughman has also played on numerous recordings as a bassist for hire, drawing on his familiarity with many styles of music to play for jazz vocalists, singer-songwriters, and jam bands.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Greg has made a name for himself as a music teacher. He has been adjunct faculty at the University of Maine in Augusta, Bowdoin College, and Bates College, and has taught many at many clinics from Osaka, JP to Kazan, RU to Prague, CZ, teaching not only bass but composition, theory, and ear training.
As Loughman continues to pursue higher levels of musicianship, his passion has led him to seek his master’s degree, earning a full ride scholarship from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. There he studied with bassists John Patitucci, Linda Oh, Susan Hagen (Boston Pops), and Victor Wooten, as well as jazz masters Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Terri Lynn Carrington, and others.
With his openness to styles and influences from around the world, his innate fascination with the world of music, his inventive and intuitive approach, and his relentless search of ever higher expressions of music, Loughman proves that music is a lifelong pursuit, a voyage which has allows him to develop a unique musical vision that resonates across genres to connect with musicians and audiences alike.