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Bass Musician Magazine Q&A with Jason Raso

Jason RasoName:
Jason Raso

Born In What City:
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Current Band(s) I Play With:
The Jason Raso Quartet

CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:
The Bassman Cometh (2001), Live On Planet Bop (2002), Detour (2005), Groovespeak (2007), The Red Arrow (2011), Slingshot (2013)

Describe – The Way I Play Bass:
I strive to be a complete musician – a supportive accompanist, a strong soloist and improving composer.

Why I Decided to Play Bass:
My brother suggested I play – when you’re 12 and your older brother tells you to do something, you do it.

My Musical Influences:
Alain Caron, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Billy Sheehan, Charles Mingus, Stuart Hamm, Marcus Miller

My Favorite Musical Styles:
Jazz, funk and soul.

My Bass(es):
Spector Coda 4, Spector Coda 4 Deluxe Fretless, Fodera Monarch 4 Standard

My Amps and Other Gear:
TC Electronic RH450 Head, RS210 Cabinet

I am Endorsed By:
Spector Basses, TC Electronic, DR Strings

One Piece Of Advice I Can Share With Other Bassists:
Play music you truly love.

jasonrasoslingshotfinalart3Favorite Quote or Life Philosophy:
“There’s a wreck yard in the mind of a quitter” – Sly Stone

Most Amazing Gig so Far:
Hometown show at River Run Centre

Dream Gig:
Stevie Wonder or Prince

What Would I Be Doing If I Weren’t a Musician:
I hope I never have to figure that out!

Here’s What I Have Coming Up This Year:
This year I am starting work on my very first solo bass album. My Quartet is also performing shows in support of our “Slingshot” CD release.

Find Me Online:
Website jasonrasomusic.com
Twitter twitter.com/rasobass
Facebook facebook.com/pages/Jason-Raso/128964057118884

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