North Carolina native Madison Rast graduated from the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and received his MA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He moved to Philadelphia in the fall of 1999 to pursue a career in jazz. Since that time he has become one of the areas most in demand sidemen. His solid and steady basslines have supported many notable musicians including Mickey Roker, Orrin Evans, Sean Jones, and Joanna Pascale. Recent projects of his include recording a debut CD of his own original songs and arrangements, and a recording project with pianist Gary Dial and saxophonist Dick Oatts, in which the poetry of Walt Whitman is set to original music.