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Stuart Patrick Jude Zender (born 18 March 1974) is an English bass guitarist. He is best known for being the bass guitar player for Jamiroquai.
|Birth name||Stuart Patrick Jude Zender|
|Also known as||Stu, SZ|
18 March 1974 |
|Genres||Acid jazz, funk, alternative dance|
|Associated acts||Jamiroquai (1993–1998), Mark Ronson (2006–2011)|
Raised in Philadelphia, he attended Leighton Park School in ReadingUK (for a year in 1988–89 before being expelled) known for its strength in music. Zender left his home when he was seventeen with two thousand pounds that his mother had saved, to give him a head start in life.
As Zender said, he never had good business acumen, so instead of investing that money in some way, he went a music store and bought a Warwick Streamer bass guitar which cost nearly the whole amount given to him by his mother. Before picking up a Warwick, Zender played a Music Man Stingray bass guitar. Of his early bands, the most famous was the prank rock group Fabulous, a 1991 outfit chiefly made up of NME writers and photographers. He also said that in another interview, he played a drum with a circus group without animals at that time.
Zender was one of the members of the funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai. The band has been in existence since 1992. He joined the band when the album released in 1993. To be auditioned for Jamiroquai, Stuart met leader Jason Kay(Jay Kay) through Nick Van Gelder(the first drummer in Jamiroquai), acquaintance of the circus group. While enrolled in Jamiroquai, he became famous by playing their impressive melodic basslines written by Jay Kay. Zender was asked to become an official Warwick basses endorser. He received a number of unique custom shop Streamer models.
Zender left Jamiroquai in 1998 during the recording of their fourth album, Synkronized, because of conflicts with the band leader Jay Kay. The circumstances behind his departure have never been fully revealed, but Zender told of his anger that he and the other band members were not being credited enough for assisting in songwriting and producing, despite the fact that they earned more rewards and credits than most musicians hired by other bands. He also said that he resigned to spend more time with his new wife Melanie Blatt, one of UK girl group All Saints, and their new baby Lilyella.
After Jamiroquai, Zender had his own project with the British soul artist, Don-E, called "AZUR" which signed a record deal with d'Angelo's label. However, the project was shelved and was then available on the Internet for a short time. He has also played bass guitar with other artists, including All Saints, Omar, Lauryn Hill, D'Angelo, Gorillaz, Samuel Purdey, Ms. Dynamite and Stevie Wonder. He and Melanie Blatt were together for seven years. They have one daughter, named Lilyella. Some of Zender's most recent work should have been with his latest band "LEROI". Zender explained they were signed to Geffen Records in Los Angeles but The deal fell through after the heads of the company, Polly Anthony and Jordan Shurr, who signed them, were made redundant.
Zender left Los Angeles in summer 2006 to become the musical director and bass guitar player for Mark Ronson. The release of the album Version in 2007 proved to be a larger success than first expected. He has played bass guitar for Ronson at events such as "Radio 1's Big Weekend", "O2 Wireless at Hyde Park", "Global Gathering" and "Glastonbury", and festivals all over Europe including "Montreux Jazz Festival" in Switzerland and "North Sea Jazz Festival" in Rotterdam. They were also special guests on Jay-Z's UK tour.
In 2009 Zender said in an interview that he will make a new album "Running out of Heroes" that ex-Jamiroquai Toby Smith participated, but it seems that the production is not proceeding.
Having left the Mark Ronson band in 2011, Zender runs his own record label "White Buffalo Recordings" and music publishing company "Made Youth Inc(dissolved 2017)".
- 1x Warwick SZ Signature Bass 4-string.
- 1x Warwick SZ Signature Bass 4-string (Red one, saw live in Paris and Amsterdam for Mark Ronson).
- 1x Warwick SZ Signature Bass 4-string (White one, Zender posted the picture on Facebook).
- 1x Warwick "Iroquai Rug Bass" Streamer 5-string.
- 1x Warwick "The Chrome Ender Bass" Streamer Stage I 4-string.
- 1x Fender 1964 Precision Bass.
- 1x Warwick Streamer Stage II 5-string (used in 1995 live).
- 1x Alembic Epic 4-string (onstage backup bass guitar).
- 1x Warwick Streamer Stage I 4-string.
- Ashdown Engineering ABM Amplification.
- Ashdown Engineering SZ Funk Face Twin Dynamic Filter Pedal - Stuart Zender Signature Auto-Wah Pedal
- Jamiroquai – Emergency on Planet Earth (bass guitar)
- Jamiroquai – The Return of the Space Cowboy (bass guitar, writer)
- Guru – Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality (bass guitar)
- Jamiroquai – Travelling Without Moving (bass guitar, writer)
- Live from 6A – Late Night with Conan O'Brien
- Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
- Mica Paris – Black Angel (bass guitar)
- Omar – Best by Far (bass guitar, percussion, electric guitar, keyboards, programming, co-writer, producer)
- All Saints – Saints and Sinners (writer, producer, mixer, keyboards, bass guitar, percussion, strings, programming)
- Space Monkeyz vs. Gorillaz – Laika Come Home
- Mark Ronson – Version (bass guitar)
- Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. – Record Collection (bass guitar on "Somebody To Love Me")
- Incognito – In Search of Better Days (2016) (bass guitar)
- Jamiroquai – When You Gonna Learn
- Jamiroquai – Blow Your Mind
- Jamiroquai – Emergency on Planet Earth
- Jamiroquai – Light Years
- Jamiroquai – Stillness in Time
- Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy
- Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl
- Jamiroquai – Alright
- Jamiroquai – High Times
- Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
- Ms. Dynamite – Dy-Na-Mi-Tee
- Mark Ronson – Oh My God (Feat. Lily Allen)
- Mark Ronson – Valerie (Feat. Amy Winehouse)
- Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. – The Bike Song
- US TV Appearance – Stop Me – Conan O'Brien, NBC, 12 July 2007
- UK TV Appearance – CBeebies ZingZillas (Series 2, "Banana Blues")
- Incognito - Love Born in Flames
- "An Interview With Bassist Stuart Zender: Progressive Rock Update With Brad Houser". bassmusicianmagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
- "DON-E: Right down to the letter". Bluesandsoul.com. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
-  Archived 6 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.