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Ann Marlowe, bassist
About Ann


Ann studied with

Pepe Gonzalez,

who gave her a classical foundation as well as bass line construction, stylistic, techical, and improvisational training. She is currently a full-time bassist working for Washington area agents and bands. Reads notes, chord symbols, and plays by ear. Plays upright and electric, both fretted and fretless.

Credits her strong reading ability to 27 years of having played flute, saxes, and clarinet.


Has worked with The Richard Bray Orchestra,

Difficult Run Jazz Band,

Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra,

Sentimental Journey, The Big Band Tradition, and Just Jazz. Has held the bass chair in the Jim Fox Orchestra and

The New HOTS Jazz Orchestra, a 20's-30's band.

Played in the sax section of the Kaleidoscope Orchestra for nine years.
Has played with local orchestras, canatas and masses in church, and string quartets at weddings.  Lots of etudes:  Simandl and Slama.
Contemporary country and traditional square dance music.
Familiar with styles of Argentinean, Brazilian, German, Greek, French, Hungarian, Israeli, Italian, Russian, Turkish, etc. music.
Freelances in local combos and has played with Naser Abadey, Ron Holloway, Fred Fosse, and Antonio Parker.  Currently heads

The Ann Marlowe Jazz Trio

(piano, bass, and drums), which plays jazz standards for dining, dancing, and social functions. Played the Dixieland Jazz Brunch weekends at

The Market Inn Restaurant

in Southwest Washington, DC, for six years from 1988 to 1994.

Plays for the Washington, DC, klezmer band,

Lox & Vodka.

Also played Israeli folk music at Israeli Night at the Woodside Deli in Silver Spring, Maryland, weekly for two years. Ear job, accompanying an Israeli singer.

Wedding band classic rock. Israeli classic rock. Praise music in churches.

Has played in trios on up to 24 pieces in hired orchestras for 40 Broadway stage musical productions (see list below) for area community theaters, music schools, schools, universities, and arts camps. Has substituted at local theaters:  Signature Theater in Alexandria, Virginia, and Olney Theater in Olney, Maryland.  Can easily read a book musical or play from a piano part or by ear.
Ann loves strolling! Plays with The Strolling Strings and other strolling groups. Also has experience in restaurants going table to table, playing requests by ear.

Ann also plays cello. Has played ensemble parts for wedding music, church cantatas, and with a community orchestra. Studied with Linda Kapusciarz.

Ann will be flying to Singapore to play for

Triezone Productions

Faculty member at Sidwell Friends six years as instrumental music teacher. Four years at Peabody Preparatory as instructor of private flute lessons. Over twenty years of private students.

Stage Musicals Played


Alice in Wonderland
Anything Goes
(2 productions)
Cinderella Meets the Wolf Man
Crazy for You
Fiddler on the Roof
Guys and Dolls
H.M.S. Pinafore (2)
Into the Woods
Little Mary Sunshine
A Little Night Music
The Music Man
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Peter Pan
Robin Hood
Side Show 
Sweeney Todd
The Truth About Cinderella
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown


Bells Are Ringing
Bye, Bye, Birdie
A Chorus Line
Damn Yankees
(2 productions)
A Funny Thing Happened on the
Way to the Forum
Hello, Dolly!
L'il Abner
Oh, What a Lovely War!
Plain and Fancy
Three Penny Opera
The Wiz

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