We had the good fortune of connecting with Glen Ackerman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Glen, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
There is a constant in my life. That being; if I continue through adverse conditions… stubbornly push through.. it will yield results. So my default is always to be tenacious and give it my all. However, I always know when it is time to change my strategy (to ‘give up’ as it were) when after all the struggle and hard work, there is no progress to the goal.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a professional bassist and composer from Houston Texas, I have been leading my own fusion-jazz quintet for many years (under my name ‘Glen Ackerman’) and have worked hard to curate and perform, thoughtful and exciting original compositions. It was not easy, as having to juggle bandleading, composing/arranging, and playing bass for the group is a huge task with many moving parts. I got here by working very hard and taking the good advice of other professionals in whom I trusted.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Provided covid was a thing of the past!… I would start with a lengthy hang at Chaputepec, with the goal of relaxing with the local music/arts community that frequents that particular establishment. Next maybe a trip to Cezanne to see some exciting local live jazz. The art car museum never disappoints. Additionally, I think the air terminal museum is very cool.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this to all my colleagues and teachers who have inspired and sharpened me. Most importantly: Alex Lagos-Graphic Novelist from New York. Dr. Robert Nelson-Composer/Teacher from Houston, and Woody Witt Colleague/Bandmate
Karen Janczak (electric bass pic), Jack Sasson (upright bass pic)