Department of MusicPLU Strings

Bass Faculty

Clipper Anderson

Clipper Anderson

is one of the Northwest's leading Bassists.  Playing all styles on acoustic and electric bass, Clipper is a composer, studio musician, vocalist and educator.  He was described in Seattle's premier jazz magazine Earshot as being "...a player for the connoisseur to savor." Clipper has made many recordings, including several with award winning Seattle jazz vocalist, Greta Matassa.

He has performed with artists such as Michael and Randy Brecker, Terry Gibbs, Peter Erskine, Bob Berg, Jack Jones, James Moody, and Buddy DeFranco.

Clipper appears regularly at festivals around the USA and Canada and  has been an annual guest artist at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival and the Port Townsend Jazz Festival.  Contact:


Anna Jensen

is a sought-after teacher, performer, and clinician in the Pacific Northwest. She holds her D.M.A. degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Dr. Diana Gannett.

Dr. Jensen is the assistant principal bassist of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the principal bassist of the Tacoma Opera Orchestra, the principal bassist with the Vashon Opera Orchestra, and regularly performs with orchestras across the region. She has performed with the Second City Chamber Music Series, the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, the Kairos Music Festival and Lyceum, the Rackham Chamber Music Series, and the All Rivers at Once contemporary music series. Her interest in contemporary music has brought about numerous new chamber music works for the double bass and she has presented the world premieres of these works. 

Anna Jensen has won the Spokane Allied Arts Young Artist Competition, the Helen Snelling Crowe Competition, and was a finalist in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition.  In addition to performing, Dr. Jensen is deeply involved in arts education. Her double bass students have placed in the top three at the state level numerous times and have won concerto competitions across the region. Contact: