With impeccable time, a strong groove and a deep, beautiful sound, she creates smooth, supportive bass lines and expressive, melodic solos. With both reading and improvising skills, she has garnered experience in a wide range of performance types: small groups of all kinds, musicals, big band, free jazz, accompanying vocals and spoken word.
Available for local and touring performances; small group bandleader.
"Reflections" is a one-hour CD of jazz standards and original compositions featuring Alex Murzyn on sax and Noel Melanio on piano. This instrumental collection thoughtfully illuminates styles from bebop to free, to bossa nova and ballad.
Read the review from Jazz Improv Magazine, Vol. 3 No. 2.
Using an imaginative, personalized approach with individualized programs of study, Mandy assists students to gain the efficiency of good technique combined with attention to the big picture: the profound inquiry into true expression to find one’s own musical voice.
Private students from beginner to professional now being accepted. Long distance consultations also possible.
K.D.Mandy is a fantastic teacher who will get you beyond notes and technique and get you into the business of making music and being expressive on the instrument.
G.L.Learning with Mandy has taught me the importance of trusting my ears and understanding the most important role of the bass - to provide the rhythmic foundation.
K.P.Mandy Flowers is a charming, educated and articulate artist and teacher. She has encouraged me to stretch out and play the entire range of my instrument.
The spirit of everything we are comes out in each note that we play. The beauty is in the carefully finished details, clarity of ideas, sincerity of emotion and the deep, warm timbre of the bass.
Mandy is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. She studied privately with Charlie Haden and Darek Oles for two years at Cal Arts, and bass grandmaster Ray Brown for seven years.
See my Farewell to Ray Brown article from Jazz Steps.