Gunnar Biggs has been a prominent figure in the musical environment in Southern California for over forty years. Often the bass player of choice for numerous jazz ensembles and recording sessions in the region, his performance credits include several southern California jazz festivals including the Kool Jazz Festival, La Jolla Jazz Festival, Ocean Beach Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Parks in Carlsbad, Pt. Loma, and La Jolla. TV appearances include KPBS’ Club Date and the Emmy-award winning documentary, “Three Generations of the Blues.”
He recently retired from San Diego State University where he was the Instructor of Double Bass for twenty-five years and Palomar College where he served as Director of Jazz Ensembles for five years. He continues to teach bass at Cal State San Marcos, Mira Costa and Palomar College and has a large number of private students. Gunnar serves as a judge, clinician and guest artist at several local jazz and music festivals.
Gunnar studied at North Texas State University in their prestigious jazz program, then took a position with the San Diego Symphony at age 19. At age 20, he left the Symphony to go on the road with drummer, Buddy Rich and has performed with major jazz artists ever since including Thad Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Mose Allison, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Barron, Papa John Creach, Shelley Manne, Jack Sheldon,Charles McPherson, Barney Kessel, Joe Pass, and Charlie Byrd. Although he enjoys notoriety in the jazz genre, Gunnar is active in the classical world as well and has performed with the San Diego Opera, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and Orquesta de Baja California. He holds an undergraduate degree in Global Arts and Ethnic Studies and a teaching credential from Cal State San Marcos. http://www.gunnarbiggs.com