Professional Bio

  • M.M., Jazz Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado
  • B.A., Washburn University

Tyson Ailshie teaches Applied Bass at Regis University. He holds a Bachelors degree in music from Washburn University where he studied with grammy nominated artist and composer Frank Mantooth and a Master's degree in jazz performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado where he was the bassist for Jazz Combo I and recorded live for KUVO Denver. In addition to teaching at Regis, he currently instructs Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Music Fundamentals, Music Appreciation, Jazz Combos, and Applied Bass and Jazz lessons at both Front Range and Arapahoe Community Colleges.

Tyson is a classically trained double bassist having studied string pedagogy and technique with respected cellist Steven Elisha and performed with both the Topeka and Longmont Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with national and international jazz artists Frank Mantooth, Ira Sullivan, Irvin Mayfield, Brad Goode, Andrew DʼAngelo, and Matt Wilson as well as with local musicians Julie Monley, Greg Gisbert and John Gunther among others. Tyson most recent recordings include his first jazz release as a leader, “The Send Off”, which was released in 2011, includes original compositions and arrangements, and features Tyson in duo with nationally renowned jazz trumpeter, Brad Goode. Tyson has also appeared on Blue Avenueʼs EP release “The Other Side of the Tracks,” the bonus track “Dream a Little Dream” with award-winning local songwriter John Common and “February Meet,” a jazz release by Gabe Beach. He currently composes and plays double bass in his own jazz groups performing in various venues around the Denver metro area. Tyson has lectured in undergraduate jazz techniques at the University of Colorado, mentored for string orchestra workshops, directed various instrumental master classes and guest conducted jazz ensembles at local area schools. He has mentored the double bass section for both Skyview and Lakewood High School Orchestras as well as conducted high school orchestral auditions and judged for Jefferson County Solo and Ensemble festival. He currently maintains a private studio of double bass and bass guitar students in Arvada.