Ross Kratter

Bass Player, Composer, Arranger

Ross Kratter is a bassist and composer based in New York. He is equally at home on string bass and electric bass, both fretted and fretless, 4, 5, and 6 string. While primarily known as a jazz musician, he is equally comfortable in any and all styles of music.

Ross has performed with such notable and varied artists as Joshua Redman, the Drifters, Bob Franceschini, Victor Wooten, Bob Reynolds, Mike Longo’s New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble, Randy Johnston, Badal Roy, Joe Alterman, Domenick Allen, Scott Record, Frank Lacy, the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Allen Vizzutti, and many more. He just completed playing bass on the 2016-2017 national tour of FAME the Musical.

Ross's newest project is the Ross Kratter Electric Project, featuring legendary saxophonist Bob Franceschini. They will be releasing an album in fall 2017.

In addition to his work as a bassist, Ross is also in demand as a composer and arranger. He leads a big band, the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra, for which he is the primary composer and arranger. The band is made up of some of the finest musicians in New York. He is also the musical director, arranger, and bassist for vocal jazz quartet Transitory, among much other freelance work.

From September 2013 to March 2016, Ross performed in the bands on Royal Caribbean, P&O, and Cunard cruise ships, where he honed his sightreading skills and got to back some amazing acts. He also has extensive musical theatre experience, having performed in the orchestras for over 50 shows, many of them multiple times.

Ross also serves as one of the in-house bass players at the Gateway Playhouse, performing many musicals each summer.

Ross has had the opportunity to study bass with Mike Richmond, Ron McClure, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Anthony Wellington, Felix Pastorius, and John DeWitt. He has studied composition and arranging with Rich Shemaria and improvisation with Mike Stern.

Ross Kratter is a La Bella Strings artist and uses Phil Jones Bass amplifiers and cabinets.