Nathan East Info
East first studied cello in seventh through ninth grades and played in his (Horace Mann) junior high school orchestra. At age fourteen he developed an interest in the bass guitar, playing in church (Christ The King) for folk masses with his brothers Raymond and David. He was active in his (Crawford) high school’s music programs along with a local top 40 band called "Power". He has said his early influences included Ray Brown, Ron Carter & Charles Mingus on upright bass; and James Jamerson, Paul McCartney and Chuck Rainey on electric bass.
He attended University of California, San Diego where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music in 1978.
East has recorded, performed and co-written songs with Anita Baker, Babyface, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins, and Herbie Hancock. He co-wrote the Number one hit song "Easy Lover" for Phil Collins and Philip Bailey. He performed on the Grammy award winning Unplugged album with Eric Clapton which featured the classic song "Tears In Heaven"(1992). East, a long-time member of Eric Clapton’s studio and touring bands since the early 1980s also played on Clapton’s "Change The World" which won Song of the Year at the 1997 Grammy Awards. Other DVD/Videos Nathan appears on include Babyface Unplugged (1997), Phil Collins "Live & Loose in Paris" (1998), Clapton’s "24 Nights", "One More Car, One More Rider"(2001), Crossroads (2005), Fourplay "Live in Cape Town (2006), Andrea Bocelli’s, Vivere: Live in Tuscany (2007) & David Foster & Friends (2008).
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