JEFF PEKAREK
(619)262-7041
Jeff Pekarek (Jeff Basile, Jeff Basile Pekarek) is a 58 year old native of San Diego, California, with 42 years of experience as a professional musician and entertainer. He was the youngest contracted member of the San Diego Symphony when he joined the contrabass section at age seventeen. He performed with the orchestra from 1975-79, and during the summer pops concerts backed up such luminaries as Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughan, and Sergio Mendez. After releasing his first album of originals in 1981, he became a bandleader in his own right, fronting several successful period music and folkmusic ensembles, including the Jackstraws and the Electrocarpathians. In addition he is the principal arranger for filmaker and composer Yale Strom. This collaboration has included many audio recordings, several documentary films, two ballets, a string quartet, and the orchestral work 'Aliyot', first performed by the St. Louis Symphony. Jeff is the bassist on Richard Greene's most recent album, Shufflin'. Since June 2004, he has also worked as an arranger for Canum Entertainment. His lengthy discography includes albums by The Peter Pupping Quartet (Peter Pupping Band), The Electrocarpathians, Keltik Kharma, and Kick Up The Dust. In 2006, he was the bassist for the theatrical documentary 'Primal Twang', backing up Dan Crary, Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Mason Williams and other major artists. Today Jeff continues to work as an arranger, bassist, guitarist, and audio editor.
1974 Bassist with acoustic trio SAN (international folk, standards).
1975 Grant from Young Musician's Foundation for classical training.
1975 Principal bass with Civic Youth Orchestra (San Diego).
1975 National Association of Jazz Educators Special Citation.
1975-1976 Season contract awarded by San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
1976 Performed Dragonetti Concerto with La Jolla Civic Orchestra.
1976-1977 Season contract awarded by San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
1977 Employed by San Diego Ballet, California Ballet, San Diego Opera.
1977-1978 season contract with San Diego Symphony Orchestra.    
1979 Founded folk music group JACKSTRAWS  (regulars at Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Horton Plaza and Seaport Village)).
1980 Studied traditional English folk music at Cecil Sharp House, London.  
1981 Solo appearances performing period maritime music at San Diego Seaport Village.
1981 Recorded LP of originals 'To Each Their Own'.
1982 -1993 Performances for Young Audiences (national organization providing educational performances in public schools) as leader of BLACKTHORNE'S MARITIME BAND. 
1982

Renaissance music performances at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre and private Elizabethan-style banquets. Recordings: 'The Gentleman and the Jester'(Jackstraws; English folkmusic), 'Cholent with Huckleberry' (Zmiros; Klezmer music).

1982  Concert tour of N.Y. City with Klezmer band 'Zmiros'.
1983-1995 Renaissance Fair appearances throughout California. Studio musician at Invincible Sounds, Seacoast Studio, Golden Track, Hit Single, Studio West, and other recording studios.
1983 - 1998  Musician and bandleader for various ensembles playing throughout  the San Diego area, including lounges, coffeehouses, shopping malls, Officers’ Clubs and other venues. Recordings: 'Roll the Old Chariot Along' (Jackstraws).
1987-1995 String instrument instructor at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA.,   teaching classical guitar, electric guitar, bass, contrabass and cello.  Directed individual student recitals and jazz band. Recordings: 'Great Dickens!' (Jackstraws). Arranger for filmaker/violinist, Yale Strom. Works include the documentary films 'The Last Klezmer' and 'Carpati: 50 miles, 50 Years'.
1989  Founded The Electrocarpathians, San Diego's original East European folk/rock fusion band. Recordings: 'Zemye' and 'Transylvania Quintet' (The Electrocarpathians).
1995 

Arranged and performed Yale Strom's music for Tony Kirschner’s 'A    Dybbuk'. produced at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

1996-1999 Recordings: 'Alterations Garden' (Jazz originals), 'Wandering Jew' (Klazzj; Klezmer/Latin Fusion), 'Tales Our Fathers Sang' (Yale Strom), 'For The Love of Whales' (anthology of music by Raggle Taggle), 'Samba Nights' (Peter Pupping Quartet), 'Keltic Kharma' (Chris Vitas, Contemporary Celtic). Composing and arranging music to the poetry of George Pullen. Arranged music for Yale Strom's ballets 'Tribes' and 'Shperngulje Masive' (aka 'Customs of the House'), and Strom's orchestral work 'Aliyot'. Performing on cello with Caprice Strings, and on contrabass and bouzouki with The Peter Pupping Quartet and The Brian Baynes Band.
2000 Performing with the Peter Pupping Quartet at corporate events at The Four Seasons Aviara and Rancho Valencia. Appearances with Caprice Strings and regular performances with the Brian Baynes Band at Hooley's and the Field. The Electrocarpathian's box office hit at the San Diego Museum of Art. Recordings: Yale Strom's 'Garden of Yid'n' (Naxos World) and Bryan Ellingson's 'What I Do', a collection of Ellingson's R&B originals.
2001

Performed with the O'Brien Brothers for their acclaimed CD release bash at the Belly Up. Highlight of the year: the Brian Baynes Band with the San Diego Symphony, St. Patrick's Day concert. Continued performances with the Peter Pupping Quartet and the Electrocarpathians. Composition: 'The Detectives March', a piece for concert band. Recordings: 'Embarcadero' by the Peter Pupping Quartet (label: GuitarSounds) and 'Umpires of Straw' by the Electrocarpathians (label: Global Village).

2002 - 2003 Performing with the Peter Pupping Quartet, Caprice Strings. Recording: 'The Very Thought of You', a collection of jazz standards (Guitarsounds).
2004 - 2005 Performing with Richard Greene and the Brothers Barton, with appearances in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Las Vegas, Nashville, and throughout California. Arranging and recording for Canum Entertainment. Recording: Shufflin' (Richard Greene and the Brothers Barton).
2006 - 2009 Bassist for premiere performance and recording of 'Primal Twang' (Adams Entertainment), featuring Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Mason Williams, and other guitar greats. Continued performances with Peter Pupping, Brian Baynes, Keltik Kharma, and Caprice Strings. Arranging and producing recording sessions for Canum Entertainment. Recordings: 'The Kharma Zone', 'Kharma Noir' and 'iKharma' (Keltik Kharma), 'Rivers, Kings, and Curses' (David Nigel Lloyd), 'Heroes of the Ships' and 'From Liverpool To Frisco' (Kick Up The Dust), 'Sea Journey' (Peter Pupping Quartet), 'Even Hotter Water' (Banshee in the Kitchen), 'A Mary Christmas' (Mary Jaeb), and 'Fighting For Harmony' (The Electrocarpathians).
2010 - 2012 Recordings: 'December Stars' (Due Duo) - session producer and bassist on several tracks. 'Panamerican Shanty' (Jeff Pekarek) - composer and principal vocalist/multiinstrumentalist. 'Rockstar in Nagaland' (Mercury Man) - arranger (strings and backing vocals) and cellist/bassist on several tracks. 'Cafe Pacifico' (Peter Pupping Group) - bassist. 'Tango de Caprice' (Caprice Strings) - session producer, cellist/bassist, arranger on several tracks and composer of 'Tango Caprichoso' and 'Fantasy on a Theme of Sanz'. Composition: 'The Shipyard', a piece for concert band or military band, performed by the UCSD Wind Ensemble.