Solomon started playing piano at six, and switched to the bass when he was twelve—the double bass was the instrument he always wanted to play and his parents relented when they decided he was big enough to handle the instrument. Though a New York City resident, Solomon attended high school at the prestigious Interlochen (MI) Arts Academy. At Interlochen he had the opportunity to work and develop along side some of the most talented young artists from around the world and performed with multiple jazz combos and big bands. As a Junior in high school he was featured as a soloist with Kris Bowers, Charles Yang and the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in a debut performance aired live on NPR’s From the Top. Later that year Solomon also participated in a tour of China with his Quintet where he taught local classical musicians how to improvise and performed at various venues throughout the country.

He has received multiple Outstanding Musician, a spot at the Vail Jazz Workshop, and in 2016 was awarded a full Presidential Merit Scholarship to The New School for Jazz in New York where he currently studies. At 18 years old Solomon has had the distinct privilege of being able to work with some of the worlds top bass players such as John Clayton, Reggie Workman, Linda Oh, Matt Brewer, and Cameron Brown. Performing with his Quintet, Quartet and Trio in venues around NYC such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s, Trumpets, Rue b, and others, Solomon has had the honor of sharing the stage with musicians such as Joshua Redman, Kris Bowers, Charles Yang, Vic Juris, Mark Dover, Michael Thurber, and Jeremy Manasia.

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