Perry Wortman was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and began playing double bass at the age of 12. Throughout middle and high school, he received numerous awards for excellence in jazz and classical music. While residing in Oklahoma City, Perry had the opportunity to play with many of the great musicians who passed through the area including Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Byron Stripling, and Anne Hampton Calloway. Perry began his studies in New York City under the tutelage of Buster Williams, and later graduated from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Jay Anderson. Since moving to New York, he has performed in popular jazz venues throughout the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Spain, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands, with such groups as Pete Robbins and Centric, Ryan Blotnick’s Secret Mainstream, Gordon Webster Group and The Paislies. Aside from his work as a jazz musician, Perry plays bass guitar in Brooklyn based rock band, Hungry Hands as well as double bass in Karavika, an improvising chamber ensemble based on Indian folk melodies. As an active freelancer, Perry continues to search for new musical realms of expression within the context of improvisation. As an educator, he enjoys sharing his diverse musical experiences with his students, helping them to develop their creative abilities. Perry teaches acoustic and electric guitar, electric and upright bass and mandolin.