Richard Lloyd Giddens Jr. (bass) is the Director Of Jazz Studies at Fresno State. Giddens was awarded a grant from the California Arts Council naming him Jazz Artist in Residence at Arte Américas where he introduced the Jazz Fellows Program. As a bassist and percussionist he has performed throughout the world with such artists as Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, STOMP, Robert Glasper, Mary Halvorson, Larry Goldings, Burning Ghosts, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, and many others. Giddens is a Tzadik, and Orenda Records recording artist. His debut album “Mimosas” is out now on Orenda Records along with recent releases from Mathew Yeakley and Burning Ghosts.