Professional Bio

  • M.M., Jazz Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado
  • B.A., Washburn University
Tyson Ailshie teaches applied bass at Regis University. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from Washburn University, where he studied with Grammy nominated artist and composer Frank Mantooth, and a master's degree in jazz performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado. While at CU he was the bassist for Jazz Combo I and recorded live for KUVO, Denver's jazz radio station. In addition to teaching at Regis, he is currently an instructor of jazz history, music theory, music appreciation, jazz combo, applied bass, and jazz lessons at Arapahoe Community College.

Ailshie is a classically trained double bassist having studied string pedagogy and technique with respected cellist Steven Elisha and performed with both the Topeka and Longmont Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with national and international jazz artists Frank Mantooth, Ira Sullivan, Irvin Mayfield, Brad Goode, Andrew D’Angelo, and Matt Wilson as well as with local musicians Julie Monley, Greg Gisbert and John Gunther, among others. Ailshie’s most recent recordings include a duo record of jazz standards with piano, “Duological,” and a release of original music, “The Send Off.” He has also appeared on the bonus track, “Dream a Little Dream,” with award-winning local songwriter John Common. Mr. Ailshie has been featured on the Denver Loft Sessions for Denver 8 TV, KUVO, and toured Middle America as a member of the contemporary band, Nuskool.

Ailshie has lectured in undergraduate jazz techniques at the University of Colorado, mentored for string orchestra workshops, directed various instrumental master classes and guest conducted jazz ensembles at local area schools. He has mentored the double bass sections for both Skyview and Lakewood High School Orchestras as well as conducted high school orchestral auditions and adjudicated for Jefferson County Solo and Ensemble Festival.