A veteran bassist who has established a strong reputation over the years from his sideman work on both the New York City and Bay Area jazz scenes, Peter Barshay has performed with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Werner, Shirley Horn, Woody Shaw, Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin and Bobby McFerrin.
Barshay started out as a classical cellist at the Manhattan School of Music but switched to double bass. “I ended up spending all my time at the Village Vanguard and whatever jazz clubs I could go to,” he says. “That’s kind of when I lost my desire to be a classical player.”
He worked in New York for the next 15 years playing with his own groups and alongside a host of jazz’s elite, including international tours with such venerable jazzmen as Lou Donaldson, Johnny Griffin, Lew Tabackin and Joe Chambers.
Peter currently appears with his own trio and as a side-man around the Bay Area.
Barshay’s numerous appearances at clubs and jazz festivals have taken him around the world, helping to establish his reputation as a solid, reliable bassist. Having soaked up a lifetime of sounds on both coasts — everything from salsa and straight ahead to funk-fusion, avant garde and music derived from the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian traditions — he brings a wealth of experience to the musical table.
Barshay’s compositions are featured on his 2000 CD “Pit of Fashion”.