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D’Addario Adds Jazz Sensation, Ira Coleman, To Its Artist Roster

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A Growing Roster, D’Addario Signs Coleman, Currently Touring with Sting

The NAMM Show, Anaheim, CA, January 13-16, 2011 – D‘Addario is delighted to announce the expansion of its prestigious artist roster with the signing of Ira Coleman, independent jazz artist currently touring with rock icon Sting.

Ira Coleman was born in Stockholm, Sweden and raised in France before living in Germany for 14 years. Coleman studied bass at Germany’s Hochschule für Musik, Köln and thereafter moved to the US to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Coleman currently resides in Rhinebeck, New York and has performed with extremely notable artists including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jessye Norman, Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington Jr., Barbara Hendricks, Branford Marsalis, Betty Carter, Kathleen Battle, Billy Cobham, and Benny Golson, among countless others, also including the Carnegie Hall Jazz Ensemble, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington. Coleman has also served as Dee Dee Bridgewater’s bassist and music director from 2002 until 2010.

Since 2002, Coleman has served as Dee Dee Bridgewater’s music director. He has also branched out to collaborate with musicians from various musical backgrounds, including a variety of African musicians.  Currently, Coleman is on a world tour with Sting, with whom he has also recorded two CDs and a DVD.

“We’re truly thrilled about Ira Coleman coming on board,” says Lyris Hung, D’Addario Bowed Product Manager. “Coleman’s abilities make him an asset to any group. He is a phenomenally versatile and tasteful musician, and we look forward to working with Mr. Coleman!”

Says Coleman of his D’Addario strings: “I am currently very excited about the new Zyex for bass. The strings have the fast response of a gut string with the clarity and sustain of a steel string.” He continues, “They are more elastic than steel core strings and are very smooth. I like the gauge relationship from E to G. Finally, the best of both worlds! Pure delight from peg box to tail piece. Thank you, D‘Addario.”

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D’Addario & Company, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets complete lines of strings for fretted and bowed musical instruments, drumheads, drum practice pads, and guitar and woodwind accessories under the proprietary brand names D’Addario, Evans Drumheads, Planet Waves, Rico, HQ Percussion and PureSound Percussion. The company also runs Guitar.com and theLessonroom.com.  D’Addario products are marketed in approximately 120 countries.
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