July 6, 2024

Glen Ackerman has always been a composer. As a young child he blew up his parent’s stereo gear with wild tape loop experiments. When his mother (whose eclectic tastes fueled his musical imagination) noticed him experimenting with the family piano, she decided to put his disastrously creative energy to good use by enrolling him in piano and guitar lessons. At the age of 12 he was given a bass, which today is his primary performance instrument.

Glen spent his middle and high school years writing tunes, practicing, and creating homemade recording projects with an old four track. His musical influences flourished, and jazz became his genre of choice. After high school he spent some years exploring the palate of electric sounds found in rock. However, restlessness settled in and he found his way back to jazz.

The next few years found him firmly establishing himself as a top bassist in the Houston Jazz scene. As a sideman, Glen shared the bandstand with national artists such as; Randy Brecker, Bill Evans, and Bill Charlap. He has also been fortunate to perform with many local artists such as: Chris Cortez, Woody Witt, and Paul English.

Now, emerging as a bandleader in his own right, his new group The Glenious Inner Planet gives him the opportunity to flex his creative muscles.

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