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Téja Veal

Band: Janelle Monáe
Gear: SVT-CL, SVT-810E

Ask anyone what they remember most about a performance with Téja — their answer will most likely be her infectious smile!  However, it’s her killer bass-playing that keeps her working!  With the eagerness of a novice, yet the restraint and focus of a more seasoned player, Téja is a musician’s musician. “I just love to play!” she exclaims. “I love being part of a tight unit – love the feeling of creating audible beauty!”

Equal parts Verdine White, James Jamerson and Marcus Miller – all wrapped up in a sweetly soulful voice (think Corrine Bailey-Rae meets Gretchen Parlato), there’s no one way to define Téja’s sound. “I just want to be musically fluid,” she remarks. “I want to be relatable to everyone that happens to listen”.

Big-band jazz-bred and “old-school soul” at heart, the Miami-native [now Atlanta resident] is open to all forms of music. “If I can feel it, I can play it!” she quips. It’s this willingness to embrace all styles that have afforded Téja chances to play with artists of several genres, both on the local and industry levels.  She started playing in an orchestra program in middle school on the upright bass, then transferred to a jazz program in high school – where she also picked up the electric bass guitar (as well as several other instruments). Téja started “gigging” around town when she was 16, and has been performing ever since. “I don’t like name-dropping – that’s what resumes are for” she muses, when asked who she’s worked with. “I’ll just say that I’m grateful to God for every opportunity He’s given me to perform, both great and small!”


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Al Cisneros

Andrew Cichon

Armand Sabal-Lecco

Bernardo Gosaric

Bill Hamilton

Bob Glaub

Bob St. Laurent

Bruce Hall

Chi Cheng

Chris Beattie

Chris Squire

Chris Wyse

Chuck Wright

Cliff Williams

Conrad Korsch

Damien Sisson

Dan Maines

Danny Morris

Darryl Jenifer

Darryl Jones

Dave “Phoenix” Farrell

Dave Fowler

Dave Larue

Davey Rimmer

David Hartley

Dennis Crouch

Diego Navaira

Dino “The Ampeg Guy” Monoxelos

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Emma Anzai

Este Haim

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Gail Ann Dorsey

Garth Fielding

George M. Biondo

Graham DeLoach

Greg Rzab

Guillermo Vadala

Harmoni Kelley

Hayley Jane Batt

Hunter Burgan

Hutch Hutchinson

Jason Buttino

Jason Hardin

Jason Newsted

Jay McK

Jeff Pilson

Jenn Oberle

Jerry Casale

Jerry Jemmott

Jess Oliver

Jimi “Jazz” Prescott

Jimmy James

Jimmy Miller

Joey Canaday

John Stirratt

Johnny Bradley

Johnny Stanton

Jon Button

Jon E. Gee

Jon Reshard

Juan Alderete

Juan Calleros

Justin Pearson

Kevin McPherson

Lee Hendricks

Lee Rocker

Lenny Bradford

Lex Price

Liam Wilson

Liza Carbé

Mando Lopez

Marc Sallis

Marco Caudai

Marco Mendoza

Mark Fain

Mark Menghi

Masa Kobayashi

Matt Malley

Me’shell Ndegeocello

Michael Bradford

Michael D’Amico

Michael Torres

Mick Morris

Mike Inez

Nathen Maxwell

Nick Ghanbarian

Nicki Tedesco

Nikolai Fraiture

Pablo Stennett

Park Tae Hee

Pat McCarthy

Pete Kamenakis

Phil Soussan

Randy Bradbury

Rex Brown

Rick “The Bass Player” Rosas

Ricky Phillips

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Robbie Harrington

Robbie Tkac

Robert Mercurio

Robert Trujillo

Roberto Drovandi

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Scott Owen

Sean McNabb

Shawn Scruggs

Sheryl Crow

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Spencer Hargis

Stanley Clarke

Steve Fossen


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Téja Veal

Tim Lefebvre

Tobin Esperance

Tod Michael Bowers

Tony Clark

Tony Levin

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Tyler Carroll

Wayne Banks

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