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Ann Marlowe, bassist
About Ann


Ann studied upright bass with

Pepe Gonzalez,

who gave her a classical foundation as well as advanced music theory, 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 Doc Dikeman Big Band, Jim Fox Orchestra and

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

She now leads, plays bass in, and manages

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.

Strolling with accordionist, Ross Quan.

Played the Dixieland Jazz Brunch weekends at

The Market Inn Restaurant

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

Played for a year with 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.  Has appeared with the klezmer band, Hot Kugel. 

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

Has played in trios on up to 24 piece paid orchestras for over 50 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.  Scroll further down this page for a list of musicals played (opposite photo).
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 wedding music, church cantatas, classical recitals, and with a community orchestra.

Ann will be flying to Singapore to play for

Triezone Productions

Past 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.  Currently teaches upright bass, electric bass, and cello at home and at

Dale Music.

Stage Musicals Played


Alice in Wonderland
Anything Goes
(2 productions)
Bye Bye Birdie
A Chorus Line
Cinderella Meets the Wolf Man
Crazy for You
Dear World
Fiddler on the Roof
Guys and Dolls
H.M.S. Pinafore (2)
Hairspray (condensed)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Into the Woods (2)
Little Mary Sunshine
A Little Night Music
Mamma Mia! (condensed)
The Music Man
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2)
One Bad Apple
Peter Pan
Robin Hood
Side Show 
Sweeney Todd (2)
The Truth About Cinderella
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown


Bells Are Ringing
(2 productions) 
Bye Bye Birdie
A Chorus Line
Damn Yankees
A Funny Thing Happened on the
     Way to the Forum
Hello, Dolly!
L'il Abner
1940's Radio Hour
Oh, What a Lovely War!
Plain and Fancy
Three Penny Opera
The Wiz

Fiddler on the Roof

Photo by Washington's Best Musicians and Photo & Video.