I have been playing music since age 11, my first instrument was the drums. I then went on to play clarinet, baritone, alto, and tenor saxophone. After that came the piano and flute out of my desire to be a well rounded musician. I noodled on the bass a little bit for several years before I picked it up and got serious in 1983. From that point on I had found my newest passion. I was born in East Orange New Jersey but call Gary Indiana my home because I lived and grew up there from the age of five.Gary Indiana had a great music scene in the seventies mainly because of the popularity of the Jackson 5 who also reign from Gary.We all wanted to be like them! I played in a few funk&blues groups (playing sax&keys) around town. Mostly small clubs.So much talent in that little city. It was a great time to grow musically. Saying all that, I had one goal, To get to LA the best way possible because that's were it was all happening. I made it out west around 1980. First stop San Diego where I got into Jazz pretty seriously. I found some heavy cat's to study with down there. Still LA was calling. I made it there in 1985. I immediately got into the "Black Rock Scene" (playing bass) which was huge back then. I really developed my studio chops in LA. There was always a session going on somewhere. Since that time I have played with so many artists both live and recorded. There are too many too recall from memory but here is a partial list: Chante' Moore, Don Cherry, Cree Summers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, De Barge, Dionne Farris, Zap Mama and many others. I have been in Spearhead since November 1994 and continue perform with them today. It is still an incredible exspearience. We are consistently out on the road for the most of the year. Travelling and seeing so much of the world is one of the best parts of being in this group. It's truly a blessing to finally release my first solo project "A Few Sides Of Myself". For this project I wrote, produced and performed the music from a side or sides of me I don't get to express very often. A little Jazz Funk, Latin and Soul. Oh yea,a touch of Poetry.It's such a pleasure to be able to express ones self on a personal level. Please check it out! I love meeting new people and developing relationships with people of all cultures. If you ever come across me at a show, please feel free to come up and introduce yourself. Or if you would like to get in touch with me electronically, my e-mail address is email@example.com. I'll do my best to respond in some way or another!
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My own Body of work. A Few "Sides" meaning facets as well as songs is a partial representation of who I am as a writer, producer, composer and arranger. A taste of my musical ideas I don't get to express on a regular basis. A "Few" of my favorite musical genres. A little Jazz, Funk, Soul and poetry stewing in a pot together. A sort of C-Food Gumbo! A musical journey that started many years ago and fortunately has not stopped! During this span of my life, I have met and performed with so many amazing artists. Picking up all the musical ingredients I could from them along the way. For this I am grateful. From this I've been able to travel the far corners of the globe to perform as an artist. A True Blessing! This for the most part shaped who I am as an artist today. Please join me on this journey. Check it out! Peace, Carl Young
Recent Spearhead and Ziggy Marley tour
02/05/2004 Rialto Theatre Tuscon, AZ 02/06/2004 Cajun House Scottsdale, AZ 02/07/2004 Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque, NM 02/08/2004 Pan American Center @ NMSU Las Cruces, NM 02/10/2004 Sunset Station San Antonio, TX 02/11/2004 Club V Houston, TX 02/13/2004 Freebird Cafe Jacksonville Beach, FL 02/14/2004 Savannah College of Art Savannah, GA 02/15/2004 City Walk @ Universal Studios Orlando, FL 02/17/2004 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC 02/18/2004 Music Farm Charleston, SC 02/20/2004 House of Blues North Myrtle Beach, SC 02/21/2004 9:30 Club Washington, DC 02/23/2004 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA 02/25/2004 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY 02/26/2004 Starland Ballroom Sayerville, NJ 02/27/2004 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA 02/28/2004 Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA 7p doors, 8:35 Spearhead; 10:30 Ziggy 02/29/2004 State Theatre Portland, ME 03/02/2004 The Roxy Boston , MA 6:30p doors; 8p spearhead; 10p ziggy 03/03/2004 Lupos At The Strand Providence , RI 7p doors, 8p spearhead, 10:30 Ziggy 03/04/2004 University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 6p doors, 8p spearhead, 10p ziggy 03/05/2004 Westbury Music Fair Westbury, NY 7p doors, 8p show 03/06/2004 Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA 7p door, 8p show 03/12/2004 THE QUEST MINNEAPOLIS, MN 03/13/2004 CANOPY CLUB CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL 03/14/2004 Vouge Theatre Indianapolis, IN 7pm Doors 03/16/2004 MISSISSIPPI NIGHTS ST. LOUIS, MO 03/17/2004 LIBERTY HALL LAWRENCE, KS 03/18/2004 CITY AUDITORIUM COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 03/19/2004 TELLURIDE CONFERENCE CENTER TELLURIDE, CO 03/20/2004 TELLURIDE CONFERENCE CENTER TELLURIDE, CO 03/21/2004 SNOWMASS CONFERENCE CENTER ASPEN, CO 03/23/2004 SUEDE PARK CITY, UT 03/24/2004 CAESARS TAHOE - SHOWROOM LAKE TAHOE, NV 03/25/2004 SANTA CRUZ CIVIC AUDITORIUM SANTA CRUZ, CA 03/26/2004 CSU- BELL MEMORIAL UNION CHICO , CA 03/27/2004 UCO- MAZAMA AUDITORIUM BEND, OR 03/29/2004 SOU-McNEAL HALL GYMNASIUM ASHLAND, OR 03/30/2004 LUTHER BURBANK CENTER SANTA ROSA, CA 7p doors; 8p Ziggy; 10p Spearhead 03/31/2004 EUREKA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM EUREKA , CA
For musicians who are really interested (I know there are some hardcore gearheads out there!) here is a list of the instruments you might see me playing on the road. I play a 1980's Selmer USA, tenor saxophone, and a Deford Flute. I also play a Hartfield 5 string bass (for the last 12 years) Modulus quantum 6 string bass (with a bolt on neck) I love both basses, but I currently am most excited about the Modulus. I use an Ampeg SVT pre-amp and a crest 901 power amp, to run 4 Wayne Jones series 2x10" bass cabinets (which rock!!!) The cabinets are from an amp builder, Wayne Jones (of course) who lives in Melbourne Australia. He used to work for Trace Elliot and has now branched out on his own. He's a Genius of acoustics, and any serious bass player might wanna check out his site (WE WILL GET THE SITE LATER).
Carl Young Featured in Bass Player Magazine
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Erbman Ghetto Minista (2003) Producer
Executive Lounge Art of Success (2001) Flute
Dionne Farris Wild Seed -- Wild Flower (1995) Keyboards
The Fire This Time Still Dancing on John Wayne's Head (1998) Musician
Michael Franti & Spearhead Stay Human (2001) Bass, Flute, Keyboards, Saxophone, Voices, Radio Voice
Kinfolk Each & Every Day (1996) Saxophone
Latin Soul Syndicate Latin Soul Syndicate Flute
Christina Purcell Love's Calling (2000) Performer
Spearhead Chocolate Supa Highway (1997) Bass, Keyboards, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Michael Franti & Spearhead Everyone Deserves Music (2003) Bass, Keyboards, Vocal Arrangement
Subject to Change Womb Amnesia (1993) Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Louis Wasson & Combo... Hemisphere (1995) Bass
Zap Mama 7 (1997) Bass, Keyboards
Original Soundtrack Blue in the Face [Luaka Bop] (1995) Bass, Keyboards
Original Soundtrack Feeling Minnesota (1996) Bass, Keyboards, Producer
Various Artists Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool (1994) Bass
Various Artists CHE Lives: CD Sampler & Showcase... (1998) Project Coordinator
Various Artists Red Hot + Rhapsody: The Gershwin... (1998) Bass, Keyboards
Various Artists Elvis Never Meant Shit to Me (1999)
Subject to Change Womb Amnesia[Capitol]
Original Soundtrack Blue in the Face [Luaka Bop]
Spearhead Chocolate Supa Highway
Tonex Pronounced Toe-Nay
Michael Franti & Spearhead Stay Human