It’s been announced that the phenomenally talented Buffalo artist Zuri Appleby will be playing with Lizzo this month.
A professional bassist, vocalist, model, and educator.
The daughter of musicians and educators, Rodney and Linda Appleby, Zuri’s involvement in music began as a 5-year-old singing in the church choir, and her love of music has continued from the moment she picked up a guitar at age 7. She was active in all of the performing groups that her middle, junior, and high schools had to offer, playing the violin, French Horn, guitar and bass, and by the age of 15 she was recruited to play for various musicals, and performance groups in and around the Western New York area. By the age of 16, Zuri was playing weekly gigs as bassist with numerous well-known musicians at copious venues, while continuing to sing every Sunday in her church choir.
She is a graduate of the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, and was the first and ONLY female bassist of color to ever play in the USMC Band.
Zuri’s versatility enabled her to open for national recording artists such as PJ Morton, Sisqo, Anthony Hamilton, Orgone, Alan Evans Trio, Grammy Award-Winning Snarky Puppy, Bernard Purdie, and Avery Sunshine. She has also played with national recording artists such as Ginuwine, Silk, Grammy Nominated Artist Maysa, Soulive, Christopher Williams, Marvin Sapp, Martha Munizzi, and Steve Miller’s own keyboardist, and Joseph Wooten.
Zuri’s first high-profile music gig, came in the Fall of 2015 when she was sought out to play bass for Nick Jonas. Zuri also headlined at 2019 BeuFleuve Music Arts Festival Buffalo’s largest muli- arts music festival held annually August in Silo City.
We See you Zuri! Congratulations !!