"Garrett is one of the best prepared and most serious young bassists I know. I’m always happy to have him play the bass parts in my band so I get to hear how everything is working from the outside. I’m never disappointed when Garrett is playing in my role." - Chuck Israels
Garrett Baxter is one of the many young and exciting musicians in Eugene’s jazz scene. Garrett is twenty years old and pursuing his jazz studies degree at the University of Oregon. When not performing with his Sextet, he can be seen playing with Tony Glausi, Joe Manis, Idit Shner, Roger Woods, Paul Krueger, Eugene Composer’s Big Band, Torrey Newhart, Josh Hettwer, and Mike Denny. He has also had the opportunity of performing in the Javon Jackson Quartet at the Jazz Station. Through the University of Oregon, Garrett has shared the stage and taken lessons with some of his musical inspirations, including Ben Wendel, Walter Smith III, Terrell Stafford, Josh Nelson Jay Thomas, and more. At UO, he is a member of the Oregon Jazz Ensemble, UO’s premier large jazz ensemble, as well the JazzArts Oregon Combo, UO’s top small ensemble. He is also a member of the UO Symphony Orchestra.
In 2017, Garrett began studying privately in Portland with Chuck Israels, great bassist best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio from 1961 through 1966. In Eugene, he studies both classical and jazz with Tyler Abbott, and composition with Steve Owen.