Spencer Ellington Chambers started playing double bass when he was six, in September of 2016. His mother Belinda Chambers sought out local Suzuki teacher Heather Miller Lardin, and together it took the two of them several months to locate an instrument Spencer's size (1/16th) and put it into his hands. Since then, he's been all about that bass.
After studying and practicing for nearly a year, Spencer auditioned to become a Primavera Artist. The Primavera Fund, directed by violinist Rachel Segal, aims to bring diversity to the Classical music world by providing a full musical education and instruments for deserving young Philadelphia musicians until they complete high school. As a Primavera Artist, Spencer has lessons each week in Classical bass with Lardin and Jazz bass with Lee Smith. He regularly attends the Clef Club, where Jazz masters mentor young players. This January on Martin Luther King Day Spencer performed with members of the Clef Club for The African American History Museum.
Spencer recently participated in the Young Bassists Program at the International Society of Bassists Convention in Ithaca, NY, as the Society's youngest member. While he was there, he attended and played in masterclasses and informal lessons with many giants of the bass world including Rufus Reid, Christian McBride, John Clayton, Mimi Jones, Christian Howe, and many others.
Spencer's musical idols and inspirations include Joseph Conyers (The Philadelphia Orchestra), Christian McBride, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and Ray Brown. He is the youngest of eight children in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. When he's not playing his bass or finishing up second grade, Spencer enjoys reading Captain Underpants books and playing video games. His favorite food is pizza and he has an enviable collection of fedoras. When he grows up, he wants to be the best bassist in the world. He dreams of being both a famous bassist and an astronaut, but realizes that taking the bass to the moon might be challenging due to the lack of gravity. But anyone who hears Spencer play knows that nothing is going to hold him down!