Saadi Zain

Upright & Electric Bass


About Saadi

A long-time student of the legendary bassist Ron Carter, Saadi Zain has been a freelance bassist in New York City for over twenty years on both double bass and electric bass. He has played for a multitude of artists across many musical genres, from jazz and classical music, to cabaret, Broadway, world and pop music. Saadi served as the bassist of the jazz big band “Supersound” led by master drummer Charli Persip for over twelve years. He also played with Wade Barnes’ “Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble” and his spin-off projects which included many NYC jazz luminaries. He is a member of the Roy Meriwether trio and can be heard on two of his recordings. For over ten years, Saadi was also the bassist with Trudi Mann’s NYC open mic, where he met and played for numerous singers of various styles. He has also performed with various local and regional orchestras, including the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, the PA Sinfonia, the Dicapo Opera orchestra and the New Amsterdam Symphony. Saadi has been involved in film and commercial work and can be heard in the film “The Savages” with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney. In 2009 Saadi was engaged by Ron Carter to play bass alongside Mr. Carter, who played piccolo bass, in a week-long engagement of his Nonet at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. In 2010 he toured Europe with Jessye Norman as part of a quintet for her “Roots: My Life, My Song” project. 

Saadi currently performs throughout the New York City area and has toured extensively in the US and abroad, including France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Mexico, China and Taiwan. He can be seen performing regularly around New York City in various venues (see "Performances" page) including the Birdland Jazz Club, 54 Below and the Metropolitan Room, and in the Broadway orchestras of “The Lion King” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” He has also performed in countless theatrical productions and national tours, including “Chicago” with John O’Hurley, “Wicked” with John Davidson, the revival of “West Side Story” and “Sweet Charity” with Molly Ringwald. He also played in the Broadway orchestras of “Motown the Musical,” “Mary Poppins,” the “Evita” revival with Ricky Martin, "Wicked" and the revival of "The Color Purple" with Jennifer Hudson, Heather Headley and Jennifer Holliday.

Other artists with whom Saadi has performed include: Muhal Richard Abrams, Joshua Bell, Joe Cohn, Eric Comstock, Tony DeSare, Natalie Douglas, Al Grey, Loston Harris, the Jimmy Heath big band, Buck Hill, Jennifer Holliday, Ronny Jordan, Sheila Jordan, Diana Krall, Linda Lavin, the Mingus Orchestra, Patrick Page, Valery Ponomarev, Houston Person. Camille Thurman, Jack Wilkins, Carol Woods and Aaron Weinstein. Notable venues Saadi has performed in include: Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note Jazz Club (New York City and Milan, Italy), Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Rose Hall (JALC), The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, The Großes Festspielhaus (Salzburg), The Olympia Theater (Paris), BB King Blues Club and Grill, Blues Alley, The Bohemian Caverns, The Lenox Lounge and the Algonquin Oak Room.

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