Nedra Wheeler, bassist, composer, and band leader, has been performing in Southern California and touring internationally for more than 25 years. She has a master of fine arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, and she teaches music appreciation and performance ensemble courses at Santa Monica College and Southwest College. Wheeler’s artistic versatility (bass, composition, vocals) and experience with diverse musical genres includes jazz (straight ahead and contemporary), pop, R&B, world music, and interpretation of original compositions for modern dance. She has performed and recorded with such greats as Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Benatar, Linda Hopkins, Kenny Kirkland, and Bob Dylan, to name a few. Her recordings include film soundtracks for Malcolm , Chick Peas, Clockers, Menace to Society, as well as a self-produced debut CD entitled Gifts: Live at Birdland West.
A charismatic bassist, Wheeler is a favorite with the Al Williams Jazz Society and has appeared numerous times at the Long Beach Jazz Festival. Her international appearances include festivals in Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and other European countries.