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Constance Estralita Bass is the first of five daughters born to Hazelle and James Bass. 
Connie began her musical experience at age five.  Through a very strict regimen,
Connie developed her talent as a vocalist and violinist. In elementary school,
her music teacher Bettye Austin Cox facilitated an audition and she
was accepted in the LAUSD All City Orchestra.  She performed with them through the twelfth grade. 
At Carver Jr. High School, she was introduced to the spirituals by
her music teacher Dr. Albert McNeil.

Connie continued her love for music as a vocalist with the Marina del Rey Singers with Betty Luboff and Holman United Methodist Choir under the direction of Gwen Wyatt.

 In 1970, Connie joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  As a deputy sheriff, she assisted in creating several rehabilitation programs, including benefits for the Custody Division and bringing entertainment to the inmates at the L.A. County Jails.  Connie was appointed to the
Commission on Drugs and Alcohol by Mayor Bradley.  

In 1980, Catering by Connie was created and in 1985 Connie left the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to operate the catering business  full time, vowing “to make people happy,  instead of sad.”  In 1987, Connie and daughter Jane created Cookies by Connie Investors’ Ltd. and built a retail gourmet cookie  store in Watts, CA.  In 1997, Connie became the minority partner of the Encounter Restaurant in the landmark Theme Building in LAX.  This contract ended in December 2013.    Connie is the Vice President of Marketing for the Bass Sisters Music and The Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts.



Dr. Ruth Bass Green, an active educator, teacher of piano and voice and church musician, is the founder of the Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts. Dr. Ruth is the Minister of Music at the Faith Congregational Church in Hartford Connecticut.

Dr. Bass Green started her teaching career as a preschool teacher for Project Head Start in 1965 at the Pasadena Community Action Head Start Program, Pasadena, California and taught her technique to other Head Start Teachers in the southern region of California.   Ruth earned a BA in Music Education at California State University, Los Angeles, CA, a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and a doctorate in Teacher Training at the University of Massachusetts,
School of Education Program, Amherst MA. (1981)

Since her retirement from Mount Holyoke in 2006, Ruth devotes her time and energy
at the Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts as the primary teacher of piano and
voice to students ranging in age from preschool, middle school, college and
senior members of her community in Amherst, MA.  All students are presented in recital
annually to share their accomplishments and musical talents with family and friends.
Ruth has given concerts in South Africa, Kenya, and Senegal. Dr. Ruth Bass Green’s first CD of compassionate, melodic piano arrangements of select spirituals and sacred songs
has been released and is available for all to enjoy.



Rose Mary Jones is the third daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. James B. Bass.
 Born in Los Angeles, California, she attended Hooper Avenue Elementary,
Thomas Edison Jr. High and Los Angeles High School.  

Rose received her first piano, violin and singing lessons from her mother, Hazelle C. Bass.  
She studied piano at USC as well as private lessons from Professor Johnson. Rose played the violin in the orchestra in junior and high school.She accepted the Lord as her personal Savior in January 1986, and became the pianist for Second Temple where her father was the pastor. 
She also played the piano for Bible Class at both Christ Temple and New Testament.

Rose is now the pianist for the Macedonia COCH, in Compton,
 under the leadership of Elder Frank L. Reed, Pastor and
is the secretary of The Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts.
Rose worked for Los Angeles County for 38 ½ years, retiring in October 2004.
She  is married to William T. Jones Jr., husband of 53 years.  
They have three children: Esther M. Morgan, Saundra L. Cotton & William T. Jones III. 
They have 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
"I thank God for my parents and I thank God for Jesus who died on the cross for me."


Lois Bass Edwards is the fourth daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. James B. Bass.  Born in Los Angeles, CA, she attended Hooper Avenue Elementary, George Washington Carver Junior High,
John Muir Junior High, and Manual Arts High School where she was always in the
top of her class and a member of the Honor Roll.
She received her first lessons from her mother, Hazelle C. Bass.  She later studied at
USC under Mr. Tarr, after winning a scholarship in piano accompaniment. 

Her final piano instructor was
Madam Bonyae with the Wilshire Fine Arts Studio.
Lois received a scholarship in piano at California State College at Los Angeles.
She is a member of Christ Temple Church, Bishop Emery Lindsay, Pastor, where she served in the capacity of pianist and/or director until her retirement in 2001.

Lois is the proud mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother to her son, Edmond Hamilton, Jr., daughter-in-law Wendi Hamilton, granddaughters Wanda, Shannon, Lois and Ruth, and great grandson Joshua.  She retired in 2014 as a Workers’ Compensation Hearing Representative with the Law Offices of Linda M. Libertucci, Staff Counsel for CNA. 
Lois is the Controller/Treasurer of The Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts    


Joyce Bass McDonald is the youngest daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. James B. Bass; born in Los Angeles, CA.  Like her other siblings, learned  piano from her mother, and continued piano lessons at USC .   She sang in the Christ Temple Church of Christ Holiness children’s choir, often as a lead soloist.  Joyce was educated at Budlong Elementary; John Muir Junior High and Lynwood Academy. 

Joyce developed a career at Atlantic Richfield Company until resigning to raise her three children with husband James McDonald, while operating a neighborhood daycare business .
Joyce was a director for the adult and youth choir at Second Temple Church of Christ Holiness, U.S.A. where her father was the Pastor for many years and recently rejoined this ministry after spending many years at The Liberty Tabernacle Ministries. Joyce has continued her studies at Los Angeles City College with an emphasis on Art History in her pursuit to become an Art Historian.
Joyce is the Historian and Project Manager of the Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for  the Arts.