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Tim Ragsdale

Timothy Ragsdale is a 21 year old bass player out of Philadelphia, PA. He started playing electric bass at Grover Washington in 2010 a few months before his 14th birthday. He was introduced to the bass by a young talented bass player who also attended Grover, named Richard Petit-Frere. During a tragic fight with Sickle Cell, Richard lost his life that year. The day of his death, Timothy vowed to master the bass guitar because it would be "his way of continuing Richard's journey to greatness". With the help of his mother Diane Jordan and his Pastor, Dana Jordan (former Musicians who combined, play the bass, drums, guitar and piano) he began playing at his church, Calvary Temple Memorial.

 

At age 18, he transferred to CAPA from Swenson Arts and started playing upright bass. Meeting some motivated and talented musicians and going to watch the Philadelphia Orchestra, he decided that music was certainly something he wanted to do. He began to play around the city in various churches, lounges and venues.

 

Today, Timothy attends West Chester University as a Music Education major. He intends on furthering his studies at Temple University and teaching, playing and composing down the road. For now, he is a member a few groups, playing a wide variety of music from classical to jazz, to rock (on occasion).

 

He has performed in the production called "The Last Jimmy" starring Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins and Phillip S. Brown, he's opened up for Gospel Sensations Vickie Winans and Gayle Murphy, and the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra.

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