Stuart Zender


Stuart Zender

Infobox musical artist
Name = Stuart Zender
Img_capt = Stu at T4 On the Beach 2007
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Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Stuart Patrick Jude Zender
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Born = birth date and age|1974|3|18
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Origin = Sheffield, England
Instrument = Bass Guitar
Genre = Funk, Soul, Rock, Jazz
Occupation = Bass guitarist, Songwriter and Music Producer
Years_active = 1992-Present
Label = EMI (1993–present)
Associated_acts = Jamiroquai (1992–1998), Mark Ronson (2006–Present)
URL = http://www.stuartzender.net/
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Stuart Patrick Jude Zender was born on 18 March, 1974 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Raised in Philadelphia, he attended Leighton Park School in Reading, Berkshire known for its strength in music, he is a bass guitarist, songwriter and music producer. He is best known for being the original bass player in the acclaimed British funk band Jamiroquai. He played on their first three albums: "Emergency on Planet Earth", "The Return of the Space Cowboy" and "Travelling Without Moving". According to the Guinness World Records, Travelling Without Moving is the best selling funk album of all time and currently has sold around 11.5 million records worldwide.

Zender left Jamiroquai during recording of their fourth album Synkronized because of conflicts with lead singer Jay Kay. The circumstances behind his departure have never been fully revealed, but Stuart explained that he felt that he (and other band members) were not being fairly compensated financially, and were not being credited for assisting in songwriting. He also stated that he tendered his resignation to spend more time with his budding family. Stuart was replaced by Nick Fyffe, who left Jamiroquai in 2003 and was later replaced by Paul Turner in 2005.

After Jamiroquai, Zender had his own project called "AZUR" which signed a record deal with Virgin US. However the project was shelved and was then available on the internet for a short time. He has also worked with numerous artists, including All Saints, Omar, Lauryn Hill, Gorillaz, Ms. Dynamite and Stevie Wonder. He also dated singer Melanie Blatt of former UK girl group All Saints. The two were together for seven years. Together they have one daughter Lilyella.

Some of Stuart's most recent work has been with his latest band "LEROI". They were signed onto Geffen Records however the deal fell through much like "AZUR". Zender left "LEROI" in the summer of 2006 to join Mark Ronson's touring band.

Zender has been working with Mark Ronson since 2006. The release of the album "Version" in 2007 proved to be a larger success than first expected mainly due to the large success of the single "Stop Me", which Zender plays bass on, on the album itself along with another song "Apply Some Pressure".

Thanks to the success he has performed with Ronson at numerous popular events such as "Radio 1's Big Weekend", "O2 Wireless at Hyde Park", "Global Gathering" and "Glastonbury", and festivals all over Europe including "Montreux Jazz Festival" in Switzerland and "North Sea Jazz Festival" in The Hague. They were also recently special guests on Jay Z's UK tour.

Recently Zender has just set up his own record label "White Buffalo Recordings" and has started working on new material for his own album.

Zender and Warwick have recently reunited to produce an exclusive Stuart Zender signature bass guitar. Zender began his career by playing Warwick guitars in 1993, when Jamiroquai was formed. All bass players wanted to know what was behind the funky bass lines that became the defining essence of Jamiroquai's music. TV appearances and magazine interviews followed revealing Warwick as the basses used. An endorsement soon followed along with many infamous and cutting edge designs - we had the Iroquai "rug" bass, the all white bass including blue L.E.D's, the Chrome "Ender" along with many of the original basses used. The Stuart Zender signature bass is currently still in the design stages, but it has been confirmed that there will be two models. The first to come will be the high-end, top of the line "pro" model. And the second will be a more affordable solution, but not due to arrive until 2010.

Album appearances

1. "Emergency on Planet Earth". 1993 - Credits: Bass.

2. "The Return of the Space Cowboy". 1994 - Credits: Bass, Writer.

3. "Guru - Jazzmatazz Volume II (The New Reality)". 1995 - Credits: Bass.

4. "Travelling Without Moving". 1996 - Credits: Bass, Writer.

5. "Live from 6A - Late Night With Conan O'Brien". 1997 - Credits: Bass.

6. "Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of...". 1998 - Credits: Bass.

7. "Mica Paris - Black Angel". 1998 - Credits: Bass.

8. "Now Dance 98 - Compilation". 1998 - Credits: Bass.

9. "Omar - Best by Far". 1998 - Credits: Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, Co-Writer, Producer.

10. "All Saints - Saints and Sinners". 2000 - Credits: Writer, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, Bass, Percussion, Strings, Programming.

11. "Space Monkeyz vs. Gorillaz - Laika Come Home". 2002 - Credits: Remix.

12. "Mark Ronson - Version". 2007 - Credits: Bass.

Video appearances

* Jamiroquai - When You Gonna Learn
* Jamiroquai - Blow Your Mind
* Jamiroquai - Emergency on Planet Earth
* Jamiroquai - Light Years
* Jamiroquai - Stillness in Time
* Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy
* Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl
* Jamiroquai - Alright
* Jamiroquai - High Times
* Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
* Ms. Dynamite - Dy-Na-Mi-Tee
* Mark Ronson - Oh My God (Feat. Lily Allen)
* Mark Ronson - Valerie (Feat. Amy Winehouse)
* US TV Appearance - Stop Me - Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2007.07.12

tuart Zender: Basses

1. "Warwick Streamer Stage I". 1992-1995.

2. "Alembic Epic 4 String (On Stage Backup Bass)". 1992-1995

3. "Iroquai Rug Bass". 1996-1997 - Iroquai Rug Bass.

4. "White Stage 1 Bass". 1997 - White Stage 1 Bass.

5. "The Chrome Ender". 1998 - The Chrome Ender.

6. "Fender 1964 Precision Bass". 2000-Present - Current Bass.

Jamiroquai: Essential Bass Transcriptions: Volume 1

The Jamiroquai bass book series are full, note-for-note written bass scores in Standard Notation and Tablature (also with chord symbols). Volume I consists of 98 pages and 15 transcriptions. It features the basslines of Stuart Zender and Nick Fyffe in their respective Jamiroquai albums. The book is authored by Simon Merrick, who is a bass player and teacher....

The tracks featured are:

# Alright
# Black Capricorn Day
# Cosmic Girl
# Emergency on Planet Earth
# Falling
# Half the Man
# If I Like It, I Do It
# Love Foolosophy
# Main Vein
# Mr. Moon
# Space Cowboy
# Travelling Without Moving
# Whatever It Is, I Just Can't Stop
# Where Do We Go From Here?
# You Give Me Something

Jamiroquai: Essential Bass Transcriptions: Volume 2

The 2nd installment of the "Jamiroquai: Essential Bass Transcriptions" which focuses specifically on the Stuart Zender era of Jamiroquai from 1992-1998. There are 4 tracks from each of the Jamiroquai albums that Zender appeared on.

The tracks featured are:

Emergency on Planet Earth 1993
# Too Young To Die
# Hooked Up
# Music Of The Mind
# Revolution 1993

The Return of the Space Cowboy 1994
# Stillness In Time (Vinyl Version)
# Manifest Destiny
# Scam
# Space Cowboy (Stoned Again Mix)

Travelling Without Moving 1996
# Virtual Insanity
# Everyday
# High Times
# You Are My Love

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