As a young and upcoming bassist, Gerald Massoud, is able to play through any style of music from jazz to classical, from country to hip-hop. Starting electric bass in high school, he moved to Tucson, Arizona to discover a new passion, playing the acoustic bass. While studying classical technique with Patrick Neher at the University of Arizona, Gerald Massoud worked with many local jazz musicians to learn the vocabulary needed to succeed in the professional world of bass playing. Having attended the University of Arizona, the University of Houston, and music festivals, he has studied with Patrick Neher, Dennis Whittaker, Paul Ellison, John Clayton, Francois Rabbath, and Victor Wooten.
Gerald Massoud performed with the University of Arizona School of Music Jazz Program, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the University of Houston Jazz Program, the University of Houston Symphony Program, Houston Heights Orchestra, Tapestry, Opera Vista, Theater Under The Stars, and Broadway Across America. Through notable concerts, he has played with famed musicians, such as: Terence Blanchard, Audra McDonald, Alan Broadbent, Wycliffe Gordon, and Dan Haerle. Gerald Massoud received his Music and Business Management degrees at the University of Arizona, Masters of Music at the University of Houston, and is currently finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Houston.
Gerald Massoud recently moved to New York to further his music career, performing and working on music composition, creating new pieces for film, small ensemble, jazz orchestra, and symphony orchestra. His most recent award includes winning the Houston Public Media Composers Contest, writing new music for the Charlie Chaplin film “The Rink”. As an undergraduate, he was responsible for organizing, along with Patrick Neher, the rebirth and subsequent Arizona Bass Players Festival. Involved in every aspect of the festival, from booking the talent to arranging performance space, Gerald Massoud succeeded in the effort to present internationally known artists to the University of Arizona and the Tucson Community.