bass soloist




So far I've recorded three solo records (CDs).  All three are mostly composed of live recordings. 
My last record is from 2006. Thanks to everyone who has purchased my recordings over the past several years. For those of you who have requested or inquired about a new record,
I'm hopeful that I can complete something soon.


One Sheet (PDF)





Quick Quotes


"Hard to imagine this is just one man playing one instrument: the electric six string bass. Wires' playing is seamless and seemingly boundless ..."
- The Victory Review

"Set aside the stunning fingerwork and virtuosity, Brendan's gorgeous sound is the most original thing I've heard in decades ..."
- Pacific Jazz Review

"Like zombies, people wandered across the fesival grounds when their senses became aware of the unusually intoxicating and rhythmically complete solo bass performance ..."
- Two Louis Magazine

"Bass solos that you'll want to stick around to hear ..."
- The Spectator

"An entirely unique soloist, Brendan speaks with his 6 string bass
like no one I've ever heard. A moving musical performer ..."
- Beyond Bassics



Recorded at Deepsleepr Studios October 2001 except track 6 which was recorded live at the Pink Door (Seattle, WA) on October 23, 2001.

All artwork and music Copyright 2002 Brendan Wires


Tracks 1 through 4 recorded at a live performance at Jazzbones (Tacoma, WA) 08.03.2003
Track 5 recorded live at the Pink Door (Seattle, WA) on October 23,2001
Track 6 is a previously recorded studio track.

All artwork and music Copyright 2004 Brendan Wires


Recorded on two different live performances
. Three tunes on 08.21.2005 at the Paragon (Seattle, WA) and three other on 06.17.2006 at the Spotted Cow (Mill Creek, WA)

All artwork and music Copyright 2006 Brendan Wires


Brendan Wires

bass soloist

Root Beer Float (1 min. 7 sec.)
Recorded live at the Spotted Cow (Mill Creek, WA), 06.17.2005




Hirundo Rustica (1 min. 5 sec.)
Recorded live at the Spotted Cow (Mill Creek, WA), 06.17.2006





Little Girl Smile (1 min. 7 sec.)
Recorded live at the Paragon (Seattle, WA), 08.21.2005




The Waiting (1 min. 21 sec.)
Recorded live at the Spotted Cow (Mill Creek, WA), 06.17.2006





After playing trumpet for years, I started on the bass guitar in 1981-82. I quickly fell in love with it. I studied with some exceptional private instructors, and performed in the Jr. High School, High School and College competition jazz bands. I threw myself into as many band situations as I could.


Over many years, I played in countless groups and performed in most of the Seattle area clubs and bars - many of which are no longer in operation. I remember feeling like I had hit the the big-time at my first gigs at places like the Vogue, the Far Side, the Offramp, the Crocodile and the Ballard Firehouse. In many cases, I was still under-age, and recall that I had to make a B-line between the backstage area (often an alley) and the stage, or I would get into trouble. I never personally tested that threat - but I had friends who did, and nothing ever happened to them. I remember having so much fun with my bandmates at that time.


In 1991, I started doing solo bass gigs. I loved playing around with melodies, harmonies, improvisation, and finding ways to to get all three to come alive through a bass guitar.


25+ years later, and I am still discovering different ways to do that.


After 25+ years of performing solo bass gigs, I've been fortunate to play at some great venues and events. Thanks to all the of the talent buyers, booking agents, event coordinators and business owners, who have taken a chance on a solo bass player. Below is a list of a just few of the cool places at which I've performed over the years.



Experience Music Project (now known as MoPop)

Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival

the Pink Door


the Paragon

Salish Lodge

St. Michelle Winery

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

NW Folklife Festival

Evergreen State Fair

KSER 90.7 FM

KBCS 91.3 FM



Vancouver Jazz Festival, BC

the Blue Note, Las Vegas, NV

the Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA

Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA

Tumbleweed Music Festival
Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Dr, Richland, WA

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023, 11:45 am

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023, 4:15 pm


Bellevue Beats and Bites
333 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA
Wednesday, September 13, 2023, noon


Alveare Winery
32305 NE 8th St, Carnation, WA 98014
Friday, April 26, 2024, 5:00 pm


Carnation Farmers Market
Tolt-MacDonald Park & Campground, Carnation, WA
Tuesday, July 9th, 2024, 3:00 pm


Bellevue Downtown Arts Fair
NE 6th & 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA
Saturday, July 27th, 2024, 12:30 pm

2023/24 SCHEDULE

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