Tyrone Wheeler

Tyrone Wheeler is recognized as one of the leading acoustic and electric bassists in the region. He is a student of all styles, having studied classical, jazz, and popular styles. Mr. Wheeler was the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant to study wth jazz great Rufus Reid.

Mr. Wheeler’s diverse performing skills have placed him on stage with artists such as Little Anthony and Cab Calloway, David Liebman and Helen Humes, Slide Hampton and Suzanne Sommers, J.J. Johnson and Michelle Hendricks, Buddy Rich and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson to mention but a few. He also has extensive stage and show experience having performed for Ain’t Misbehavin, Camelot, South Pacific, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Louisville’s Actor’s Theater.

Mr. Wheeler is a valued member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, teaching bass master class and ensembles. In addition, he has recorded a number of albums in the Aebersold Play-along series. His teaching duties include combos and private bass instruction through the Preparatory Department.