Japanese Version – Jiro Okada, Japan’s Melodic Superstar by Andreas Farmakalidis: Bass Musician Magazine April 2013

04APR13-Jiro Okada-Bass-Musician-MagazineJiro Okada! Jiro Okada was born in 1967 in Japan. He started studying bass at the age of 12, however he did not take music seriously until he was in his early 20s; he states that he started taking music seriously and performing at a professional level when he was 22. A couple of years later, in […]

John Ferrara: The Solid Foundation of Consider The Source by Kilian Duarte

John Ferrara - The Solid Foundation of Consider The Source by Kilian DuarteFormed in the Mecca of American culture and musical innovation (New York city), and molded by a scene as diverse as it is beautifully eccentric, Consider The Source has found its niche. Rising steadily as a well-known face on the jam/world/progressive band scenes since their inception in 2004, this trio of singular musical characters has […]

Interview with Jon Liebman

Jon-Liebman-1You may know Jon Liebman as a world-renowned bass player, who throughout the course of his career has played and/or toured with a wide range of musical acts, as well as performed in the pit orchestras of many Broadway shows. You may know Jon as an author of six books for Hal Leonard Corporation, which have sold nearly 100,000 […]

Jiro Okada, Japan’s Melodic Superstar by Andreas Farmakalidis: Bass Musician Magazine April 2013

04APR13-Jiro Okada-Bass-Musician-MagazineVIEW Jiro Okada Time Warp Transcription Jiro Okada! Jiro Okada was born in 1967 in Japan. He started studying bass at the age of 12, however he did not take music seriously until he was in his early 20s; he states that he started taking music seriously and performing at a professional level when he was […]

Mike Frost, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

bassist mike frostBass Musician Magazine Q&A with Mike Frost Name: Mike Frost Born In What City: Queens, NY Current Band(s) I Play With:  Mike Frost Jazz, Jesse Colin Young Former Bands/Artists I Have Played With:  Jimmy Bruno, Jesse Colin Young, Esteban, New York Voices, The Gypsy Kings, David Mann (Tower of Power), Manolo Badrena (Weather Report), Todd […]

Tony Levin: Mr. Deep

Tony Levin-Stick-MenIf there were ever a bassist who excelled at thinking outside the box, it’s Tony Levin. A session veteran with over 500 album credits, he has pushed the boundaries of bass playing farther than most, from his unique approach to crafting lines to the actual instruments and tools he delivers those low frequencies on. He’s […]

Chris Squire Takes A Straight And Stronger Course… by Rick Suchow: Bass Musician Magazine March 2013

03-March-13-Bass-Musician-Magazine-V2-smallChris Squire Takes A Straight And Stronger Course… by Rick Suchow: Bass Musician Magazine March 2013 I’m not really sure when the term “progressive rock” came to be, or for that matter, the more user-friendly “prog-rock”. Back in the day, when Yes first landed on everyone’s musical radar, the only term I recall using was […]

South African Bassist: Interview with Kai Horsthemke by Martin Simpson

South African Bassist- Interview with Kai Horsthemke by Martin Simpson-1South African Bassist: Interview with Kai Horsthemke by Martin Simpson… I first met up with Kai in 2001, when I was in the process of getting to know other bass players in South Africa that might be interested in getting involved in putting a South African Bass album together. The fact that Kai Is German and […]

Jennifer Young – Prog Rock Extraordinaire by Eric Parsons: Bass Musician Magazine February 2013

02-FEB-13-Jennifer-Young-Bass-Musician-Magazine-HPJennifer Young is bass player extraordinaire for the Travis Larson Band – an award winning progressive rock trio that hails from the central coast of California.  TLB is a group that always seems to be in motion, whether they are touring nationally in support of their six records and two full-length performance DVD’s or working […]

Early Allman Bros. With Bassist Berry Oakley To Be Released

Berry-OakleyEarly Allman Bros. With Bassist Berry Oakley To Be Released… The Allman Brothers Band is set to release two high-quality vintage recordings of their early incarnations on February 12.  One of rock’s most iconic live acts, and members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,  the Allmans fortunately recorded many of their live shows and […]

Anthony Jackson, Christian McBride and John Patitucci Among Bassists at Newport Jazz 2013

aj-bmmAnthony Jackson, Christian McBride and John Patitucci Among Bassists at Newport Jazz 2013… The lineup for the 59th annual Newport Jazz Festival, which will take place in late summer, was announced yesterday. The legendary event, held in Newport, R.I., will again feature an incredible array of jazz bassists taking part in the festivities, either as featured […]

Geezer Butler & Black Sabbath Return With New Album

Geezer-ButlerGeezer Butler & Black Sabbath Return With New Album… Rock legends Black Sabbath have announced the title of their new album, 13, which will be released this June.  The original Black Sabbath–Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass)–have recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles and were joined at the sessions by drummer […]

Reggie Washington, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

Bassist Reggie WashingtonBass Musician Magazine Q&A with Bassist Reggie Washington  Name: Reggie Washington Born In What City: New York City  Current Band(s) I Play With:  Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Liz McComb, Poogie Bell, Malcolm Braff, Hervé Samb, Uri Caine, Fabrice Alleman, Médéric Collignon Former Bands I Have Played With: Chico Hamilton & Euphoria, Lester Bowie Mini-Fantasia, Mike Mainieri & […]

The John Patitucci Interview, Part Two by Rick Suchow

Bassist-John-Patitucci-Bass-Musician-MagazineThe John Patitucci Interview, Part Two (Click to Read Part 1 in the December 2012 Issue of Bass Musician Magazine) Last month’s Bass Musician featured Part One of my interview with bassist John Patitucci. Here is the second part, which picks up after John explains the musical concepts he stresses to students and the importance of having […]

Andrew Gouche – The Power of Soul by Steve Gregory: Bass Musician Magazine January 2013

01-JAN-13-Andrew-Gouche-Bass-Musician-Magazine-homepageAndrew Gouche – The Power of Soul by Steve Gregory: Bass Musician Magazine January 2013… It would be completely understandable if Mr. Andrew Gouche came across as conceited, pompous, and arrogant.  He almost single-handedly created gospel bass playing. The list of gospel greats he has recorded and shared the stage with is easily a mile […]

Jarred Irby, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

Jarred Irby-The Skies RevoltBass Musician Magazine Q&A with Bassist Jarred Irby Name: Jarred Irby Born In What City: St. Louis, MO (well, technically Scott Air Force Base, IL) Current Band(s) I Play With: The Skies Revolt Former Bands I Have Played With: I was supposed to be the “Black” Backstreet Boy, but it did not work out as […]

Chicago Bassist and Bandleader Bryan Doherty, an Interview by Tim Seisser

Chicago Bassist and Bandleader Bryan DohertyFor the next edition of “The Chicago Low Down”, we talk with Chicago bassist and bandleader Bryan Doherty. Born in Milwaukee, Bryan started playing bass at the age of twelve. Now in his tenth year based in Chicago, Bryan can be heard playing everything from modern jazz to authentic Latin to funk-dripped soul. Bryan’s versatile […]

John Patitucci – Jazz Icon Goes Interactive by Rick Suchow: Bass Musician Magazine December 2012

Bassist-John-Patitucci-Bass-Musician-MagazineJohn Patitucci – Jazz Icon Goes Interactive by Rick Suchow: Bass Musician Magazine December 2012… We are bass players living in the Internet age. Information comes to us from everywhere, a click away, in an instant. We all travel the same musical frequency, ask the same questions, but suddenly the amount of access we have to […]

Lou Panico, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

Lou Panico, Bass Musician Magazine Q&ABass Musician Magazine Q&A with Bassist Lou Panico… Name: Lou Panico Born In What City: Englewood Cliffs, NJ Current Band(s) I Play With: My main gig is with Socratic and has been for many years now. We dabble in a side project once in a while called Rendezvous. I also recently started a Blink-182 tribute […]

Aerosmith Bassist Tom Hamilton: Time Traveler by Rick Suchow: Bass Musician Magazine November 2012

November 2012-Aerosmith-Bassist-Tom-Hamilton-Bass-Musician-MagazineAerosmith Bassist Tom Hamilton: Time Traveler by Rick Suchow – Bass Musician Magazine November 2012… First things first. For those who might want to refer to Tom Hamilton as merely “the bass player from Aerosmith”, let’s refine the man’s credentials a bit. Here are the numbers: 150 million-plus records sold, including 25 gold, 18 platinum […]

Bradley Lloyd Iverson, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

Bradley Lloyd Iverson, Bass Musician Magazine Q&ABass Musician Magazine Q&A with Bassist Bradley Lloyd Iverson… Name Bradley Lloyd Iverson Born In What City Brigham City Utah Current Band(s) I Play With:  Get Scared CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:  Get Scared:  1.”Cheap tricks and theatrics” 2.”Get Scared Self titled EP” 3.” Best kind of mess” 4.”Built for blame laced with […]

Matt Gold, Bass Musician Magazine Q&A

Matt Gold, Bass Musician Magazine Q&ABass Musician Magazine Q&A with Bassist Matt Gold… Name Matt Gold Born In What City Las Vegas, NV Current Band(s) I Play With:  Goldrush Former Bands I Have Played With:  Unnamed high school garage band, later named by my wife as “Two Jews, a Mormon, and Mike” CD’s I’ve Released/ Been a Part Of:  All Goldrush, […]

The Art of the… Trioscapes by Allee Futterer

Photos by Reid HaithcockThe Art of the…  Trioscapes by Allee Futterer - At risk of making “too bold” of a statement, I’m going to say that today’s contemporary music is lacking. Though some may say in musicianship, technicality, nuances, the art of a ballad, and so on and so forth, I think that what’s really missing is the ‘greats’ […]