Alfredo Grado is a bassist and educator working in the New
England area. As a member of the Christ Cathedral Gospel Band in Texas, he
performed with world-renowned artists such as Michael McDonald , Oleta Adams, CeCe Winans, Jeffrey Osbourne and Peabo Bryson
on the Colors of
Christmas tours. With the band Spoiled Rotten, he played many shows in the
South West Texas area and appeared at blues festivals and radio shows.
After moving to Boston, MA, he started performing with the
David Michael Tafe Band. He appeared in their music videos and played on the EP
"Linger". Around the same time, he formed the rock band Firetrap with
talented local musicians, including guitarist Max Dible (Aghora). In 2001,
Alfredo joined Orbiting Riley. The band's debut album "Trampled in
Grace" (on which he co-wrote some of the songs) received press coverage in
music magazines such as Northeast Performer, sold well at on-line record stores
such as CDbaby.com, and became a favorite with college radio stations.
In 2003, Alfredo started touring and recording with the
Matt Chase Group. He contributed all bass parts on their successful debut
album, "Living in Right Now". In 2004, he moved to Portland, ME,
where he joined the Mojo Matics Blues Band. He frequently commuted to Boston to
fulfill my teaching obligations, as well as to rehearse, perform and record
with Boston-based acts such the Plaid Daddy Band and Henna. In addition, he
joined the touring band of award-winning singer-songwriter Michelle Lewis.
In 2005, he started working with internationally renowned
guitar virtuoso, Berklee faculty member, author and clinician German Schauss. Alfredo performed all bass parts on German’s
groundbreaking album “The Light Speeder”. As one of the highlights of his
career, Alfredo was invited to perform with German at the industry’s leading
trade show, NAMM, for three consecutive years (2007, 2008, 2009). In recent years, he began touring and recording with rock
duo The Casual Acquaintance, as well as the funk / blues ensemble Crystal Blue Project. He also became a member of the indie
pop band I'm the Pilot.
Alfredo holds have a B.A. (cum laude) form Berklee College
of Music, and teaches bass, basic music theory, ear training and arranging. He
is a faculty member of National Guitar Workshop, conducts clinics at Berklee’s
Guitar Week every summer, and teaches at private music schools all over New
England. Recently, he was approached by one of the
industry’s leading online music schools, WorkshopLive, to contribute his
teaching expertise to their diverse roster of top instructors. Alfredo’s
twenty-five in-depth bass lessons for WorkshopLive, along with hundreds of
other lessons by leading instructors, are now being offered through one of the
nation’s largest retailers, BestBuy.com as part of their expanding musical
instrument program. Alfredo Grado is a proud endorser of Hartke bass
amplifiers and DR strings.