Mary Ann McSweeney


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Mary Ann McSweeney was born in Aptos, California. She started playing

piano at the age of five and then began studying the violin at age 8. In high

school she fell in love with the acoustic bass while watching Ray Brown

perform at the Concord Jazz Festival. She was chosen to play at the

Monterey Jazz Festival at age 16 with the All Star band fronted by Thad

Jones and Mel Lewis.

McSweeney has played with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Joanne

Brackeen and Lee Konitz, Gil Goldstein and Bucky Pizzarelli. She has also

played for famous conductors, Leonard Bernstein, Lalo Schifrin, and John

Williams. McSweeney has performed with Renee Rosness, Vic Juris, Ken

Peplowski, Dennis Mackrel, Lewis Nash and Larry Goldings. She has

performed with the Maiden Voyage and Diva Big Bands and performed with

her quintet at the Sexial Jazz Festival in Portugal and the Mary Lou

Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. She has arranged for and

recorded with Warner Bros. Artist, Lea Delaria. She has toured Europe and

performed with David Krakouer’s Klezmer Madness and five time Tony

award winning vocalist Audra McDonald. Her orchestrations can be heard

on Chita Rivera’s new Cd entitled “Now I Swing” and her version of

“Avenue Q Swings” is available on itunes. Along with being full time

professional bassist in New York City, McSweeney is on the faculty for the

Middle School Jazz Academy at Lincoln Center and the New York Jazz

Workshop. She performed at the White House with the Eli Yamin Quintet

for a special event and will be performing at the Kennedy Center Gala with

the Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra in May 2015. She was musical director/

arranger for a three show’s at Birdland in New York City featuring Jane

Monheit.The program’s included selections from Irving Berlin and the Cole

Porter musical, “Anything Goes.” McSweeney performed at the Monterey

Jazz Festival in 2013 with Claire Daly and the Baritone Monk Band which

was rated in the top ten on jazz radio in the USA.