Born in Boulder, CO, Raul began playing guitar at a young age. In the 70’s, his father took a teaching position in Puerto Rico, where Raul joined the Tuna de Cayey, playing cuatro and guitar. During his 9 years as a member of this traditional Spanish group, together since 1964, he recorded over 11 albums and toured all over Puerto Rico as well as New York and the Dominican Republic. Raul picked up his first bass in 2001 and never looked back. Today, he is hitting the music scene as Executive Editor with Bass Musician Magazine, connecting with players worldwide.
Born and raised in the hills of southern Ohio, Ty became interested in music at the early age of 5. His parents started him on lessons on guitar, and later on, clarinet and tenor sax as well. Ty started playing bass at the age of 13 in the school jazz band and the bass has been his main instrument of focus ever since.Ty has performed in theme parks, on cruise ships, casinos, countless tours throughout the US, and since his move to Nashville in 1997, has worked not only with local bands, but also at the Ernest Tubb Theatre with Marty Stuart, Mel Tillis, Stonewall Jackson, JoAnne Cash (sister of Johnny), Reggie LaFaye, among many others while doing audio feeds for WSM and performing with some of the artists as well.
Damian Erskine is not your ordinary bass player. While not touring, Damian hones his chops with some of the best jazz and latin musicians the West coast has to offer. Damian is known for his ability to fit into any musical situation and his extraordinary reading and improvising skills. Damian has played in the studio or on the stage with the likes of • Peter Erskine • Teri-Lynn Carrington • Gino Vannelli • John Ellis • Shawn Pelton • Sveti w/ Marko Djordjevic • Luis Conte • Brandon Ross • Les McCann • Jeff Lorber • Vardan Ovsepian • Charmaine Neville • Jessy J • Luis Perdomo • Tony Furtado • Kate Schutt • Bobby Torres • Alan Jones • Patrick Lamb • Dan Balmer • Klezmocracy and many others as well as being featured on the GospelChops.com "Shed Sessionz Vol. 1" DVD. Whether playing as a sideman or with his own group, he is known for his rock solid bass work, virtuosic solos and thoughtful chordal abilities. Visit Online: www.damianerskine.com Youtube CDBaby Twitter MySpace
Jake Kot is the owner and designer for his custom bassline Kot Basses, partner in "Mitchell & Kot Productions", and performing on over 100 CD's, Jake has also written, arranged, and produced two solo Cd's featuring such world class players as Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthall and Dave Derge. In addition musically to being a performer and composer, Jake is also a clinician for Accugroove Cabinets, Hevos amps, and D'Addario strings, and has been featured at such bass events as Bassquake and Bassbash. He is currently working on his 3rd solo CD for release in 2008, the completion of his first instructional book called "The Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns by Slonimsky--Applications", and will be a regular fixture on upcoming bass events.
Dave is the owner and founder of BassBooks.com. Since opening their virtual doors in 1998, www.BassBooks.com has grown to become the Ultimate Online Resource of Educational Material for the Bass Guitar. We carry over 1,000 titles in stock for quick delivery - we try to provide the best samples we can on each title, giving you the best idea of what's 'under the cover'. At last count, we had provided service to customers in over 80 countries across the world. As a player, Dave started playing the Bass over 30 years ago, but had to set it down for some time. he's recently picked it back up, taking lessons t 'get back in the game', and enjoying it more than ever. For more information, please contact Dave via BassBooks.com directly. BassBooks.com PO Box 19158 San Diego CA 92159 USA Toll-Free: 1-877-422-2772 (USA & Canada) International & Local: 1-619-905-4467 Fax: 1-619-749-5517 Email: [email protected] Web: www.BassBooks.com
Kilian Duarte is a professional bassist working out of the New England are. A Berklee College of Music graduate, Kilian is the bassist for internation touring progressive rock acts Felix Martin and Scale The Summit as well as many others. He is also a social media specialist for Phil Jones Bass amplifiers and does session work in theater productions throughout NE.
Wearing a lot of hats in the music business helps keep Jon busy, and out of trouble. By day, he's the Assistant Manager of Social Media and Marketing at GHS Strings, being the "online voice" for the company. By night, Jon's the first call bassist in SW Michigan for theatre productions, doubling on electric and upright basses, as well as ukulele when it's called for, sitting in with folk musicians and singer/songwriters, as well as a staff writer for Seymour Duncan.
Jaime David Vazquez was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and started with classical guitar and music theory lessons at age 16. He entered the Interamerican University to study music education and bought a bass and started gigging with lots of bands, artists and performing in studio sessions. With such a busy schedule, Jaime had to put his studies on hold for a while; when the time was right, he returned to the university but he changed his main instrument from classical guitar to double bass and electric bass. Jaime loves the low frequencies in music. He believes that the bass is still a young instrument with lots of possibilities that have not been explored enough. He likes everything that grooves but he thinks that the bass is a great lead voice with a great register too. His playing is influenced not only by bass players, but also by other instrumentalists such as guitarists, pianists, woodwind players, etc. For Jaime, innovation is the key. He is a pioneer, an enthusiastic who loves music and his instrument. He's also a multi-instrumentalist, clinician, composer, arranger, transcriber, studio musician, music educator, freelance and solo artist. He has played in several TV shows, concerts and festivals with artists such as David Bisbal, Gloria Trevi, Rawy, Luis Fonsi, Olga Tañon, Lourdes Robles, Wilkins, Noelia, Shalim, Obey Bermudez, Samuel Hernandez, Tony Vega, Blest; Sheila Romero and Humberto Ramirez and others. Also, he has recorded jingles for TV shows, commercials, etc. An overall bass player currently playing in several musical projects from rock to jazz, studio sessions, clinics, workshops, etc. Jaime David Vazquez is endorsed by Radial Engineering, SIT strings, DeLano pickups, Ashdown amps, Eventide, Eminence speakers, Analysis Plus Inc. cables, Italia Leather straps, MTD Basses, Scratch Pad Guitar Finish Protectors, Hipshot Products Inc., iGig gig bags/cases, Morley Pedals, Gruv Gear and JDV Series Custom Bass Cabs.
Rick Suchow has been an in-demand bassist on the live New York music scene for more than three decades, logging nearly 4000 gigs in a career that has taken him from Lincoln Center to the White House.His most recent project is as producer of the album "I Sing Stevie: The Stevie Wonder Songbook" by the artist Camille. Released in late 2014, the album has been critically well received.
Andrea Fascetti is an Italian virtuoso 7-string bass player, double bass player and a fine composer.He is currently publishing his bass lessons for the magazines, “Bass Musician” in the United States and “Guitar Club” in Italy.He started playing when he was eight but definitely his approach to bass became serious at the late age of seventeen. He came from a family of musicians and he was influenced early on by his grandfather who was a musician too. In the early 90's he moved to Milan and studied at CPM school.After spending some years in Milan he started his professional career as a sideman. He played in live tours with: Massimo Priviero (produced by Little Steven), Nomenclatura (independent top 40 band) and he performed in Jazz clubs and festivals with Italian top musicians like Gianni Basso, Massimo Manzi, Riccardo Arrighini, Riccardo Fioravanti, Riccardo Fassi, Mauro Grossi, Andrea Melani, Walter Paoli, Nico Gori, just to name a few.In the next few years he studied double bass at La Spezia conservatory with double bass master and soloist Gian Pietro Zampella.His own history changed when he met the great Jazz teacher Charlie Banacos, who changed his musical life. During the last few years Andrea has played in hundreds of studio productions and has composed several songs for Italian pop star Alexia.In 2008 Philology Records released his critically acclaimed debut album,"Dedicated to Steve”, dedicated to great bassist Steve Swallow.In 2011 Andrea released his new great album, “Cinema”, dedicated to movie soundtracks, and garnered great acclaim from audiences and critics.In 2013 he founded a new quartet and recorded his latest Jazz album, "Pop Music".In 2014 Liberi Sensi Records, produced Andrea's new record, “Travels in Europe”, with special guest Fabrizio Bosso. This CD received a warm welcome everywhere.In June 2015 he released a new project with a new band called "District 9 Bunch”. This is his first album not purely Jazz that combines R & B, NuJazz, Funk and other musical genres.
An in-demand session bassist and producer, Brent-Anthony Johnson has exercised his positive attitude, musical knowledge and exceptional playing ability for the soul purpose of experiencing music on the deepest level possible since hearing his first favorite song... in 1970. A life-long student of music "BAJ" has studied with bassists Michael Fitzmaurice, Kirwan Brown, Kai Eckhardt, Kim Stone and Jimmy Haslip. He has taught at Naropa University and at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, and he has been an active clinician since 1988. "BAJ" has taught privately since 1979 and he is currently recording his first release as a leader since releasing the co-led offering, "Sleep Drum" in 2002. Selected Performances & Sessions Kenetik Maschine, Keith Rosenhagen, Martian Acres, Mark Miller, Azure, Karen Capaldi, Kevin Dooley, Paula Westerfield, Holly Smith, Ric Cori, Joe Gamble, Nelson Rangel, Mullens Brothers, Jill Sobule, Bobby Caldwell, Donna Galbraith, Peter Kater, Ty Burhoe, Miguel Espinoza, Dahmahlahfakhis, Matthew Ward, Roy Guilford, Hazel Miller, Grover Washington, Phil Keaggy, Newcomer's Home, Staci Frenes, Andy Summers, Heather Powers, Next Exit, Amy Fletcher, CrossTones, Jamie Bonife, Randy Stonehill, Angelo Moore, Kevin Thornton, Benjiman, Clay Rose, Craig Bentley, and Jeremiah Horner Visit Online: www.myspace.com/bajbass www.myspace.com/bajfunk
Leaps of faith can lead you on an amazing journey. This certainly describes the musical path Steve Gregory has taken. Raised in Virginia, he spent his early years playing in local bands and immersing himself in an eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, and pop music. After high school, the first real leap of faith took Steve to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, he had the honor of studying with great bass player and educator Jim Stinnett, who was instrumental in developing Steve's discipline, technique, and musical style. Steve would leave school for several years to study, play, and teach, but would later return to graduate from Berklee with honors. The next big leap of faith led Steve to return to Virginia, where he was convinced to visit Highlands Fellowship Church. Moments into the service, he realized his calling to use his God-given talents for praise and worship. Steve now serves as the bass player and assistant band director for the Highlands Fellowship (Abingdon campus) praise band. Much of his time is dedicated to exploring bass in the praise and worship setting while working to dispel the myth that worship bass is boring, bland, and musically unfulfilling. Steve also enjoys playing for a wide variety of musical opportunities, in both live and studio settings.
Randall Kertz is a chiropractic physician, acupuncturist, educator, author, and bass player in private practice in suburban Chicago, IL. He treats many local, national, and international musicians of all playing styles in his office and on the road, and has lectured on the subject of musician's injuries and health education worldwide, including Steve Bailey's Bass at the Beach and Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camp. He has also been a tour manager and has performed many other roles in and around the music business for over twenty-five years. He attended B.I.T. in 1989, worked on the business side of the music industry for the next several years in various capacities, and became a physician in 1999. His book, 'The Bassist's Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health' was was self published in 2005, with a second edition published in 2011. He is currently working on his next book and other health education projects geared toward musicians. Visit Online: www.drkertz.com
Jake Wolf is a professional bassist currently living in Asheville, NC. Originally hailing from the Boston area, he picked up the electric bass in the sixth grade and hasn’t put it down since. Jake graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, with a degree in music composition, recording, and performance. During that time, he studied classical Indian music at the renowned Ali Akbar College of music in San Rafael, CA. While in the bay area, Jake was fortunate enough to study with virtuoso bassists Kai Eckhardt and Michael Manring while working with several local bay area artists and bands as well as working in the bass gear industry doing artist/customer relations, and dealer service. In addition to freelancing with a variety of regional bands, Jake’s current projects inlcude “Global Americana” band The Billy Sea, www.thebillysea.com, with Slide Guitar virtuoso Billy Cardine, and master percussionist River Guerguerian, and the Juan Benavides group, blending traditional flamenco guitar and percussion with modern jazz and fusion flavors. Jake welcomes your correspondence by email. Visit Online: www.jakewolfmusic.com
Andreas Farmakalidis is a freelance acoustic & electric bass player based in CA. Since graduating -magna cum laude- from the esteemed Berklee College of Music (BMus) as well as from Brandeis University (MA) has gained wide ranging international experience as a performer as well as educator focusing on music analysis. Andreas has shared the stage with many national acts such as: aika (www.aikahirahara.com), Candlebox ,WAR, Ryan Cabrera, Heleen Schuttevaer , Nicolas Farmakalidis, Nikolas Metaxas (Xfactor) and Steven Adler (Guns n Roses) as well as many premier local acts. In addition, Andreas has been collaborating with neilaproductions (www.neilaproductions.com, Marty Friedman-Megadeth, Ayaka Hiarahara), which is a Boston Based production Company, since January 2004. Moreover, he has toured all over USA and Europe including performances in most of the major Music festivals such as North Sea Jazz festival, 2005 European Bass Day, Florida Music Festival, SXSW, NXNE, Summerfest among many others. Andreas is currently using and endorsing Gallien Krueger amps. Visit online at andreas-bass.com
It's amazing that Igor was not into music till he picked up a bass for the first time at the age of 22 in 1988. From then, he started an impressive and completely autodidact and self-taught learning trough all his career. Since year 2000 Igor has shared on his HUGE spanish language website his world of innovation and knowledge. So, if you want to contact him or find the complete information about him you can visit www.bajoigorsaavedra.com. EXECUTION EXPERIENCE - Regardless of the enormous list of more than 100 top chilean frontmen artists and groups from all musical styles with whom he has played from 1988 to 2008, and that you can know about on his website, Igor Saavedra has recorded more than thirty CD's on this 20 first years of professional musical career, and from 1996 (that's only one year after arriving to the USA), he has played with a great variety of musicians from many different musical styles and countries, but mostly with prominent international Jazz and Fusion musicians like Bob Sheppard (Saxophonist for Chick Corea, Mike Stern and Tribal Tech); Hanz Zermuhlen (Keyboardist for Air Supply and Frank Gambale Group); Fareed Haque Quartet (Guitarist for Sting, Joe Zawinul, Garaj Mahal, Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval); Tom McMorran (Keyboardist for Tom Scott, The Rippingtons and Robben Ford); Ramón Stagnaro (Guitarist for Hossana, Alex Acuna, Alejandro Sanz, Abraham Laboriel); Jim Paxson (Drummer for Robben Ford, Stanley Clarke, Alanis Morissette); Jan Fabricky (Drummer for Marc Antoine and Karen Briggs); Jean Marc Belkady (Top L.A Scene Guitarist, GIT teacher); Miucha Buarque (Famous Brazilian Bossa Nova diva); Antti Kotikosky (Guitarist who recorded with Vinnie Colaiuta); Marcelo Berestovoy (Guitarist for Ricky Martin, Selena, Daniela Romo, Bebu Silvetti, MI teacher, featured at Guitar Player Magazine); Robert Incelli (Saxophonist for Oscar D'Leon, Poncho Sanchez, Otmaro Ruíz); Enzo Villaparedes (Trumpetist for Joan Sebastian and Richie "Gajate" García); Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Drummer for Santana, Cristina Aguilera); Joe Bianco (Drummer for Fahreed Haque), The Atomic Dandelions (Electric Mandolin Trio); "Amir" (Drum teacher at the Eubanks Conservatory of Music and Arts in LA, CA); and many more...... - 1997 Becomes probably the first electric bassist in the world that recorded the original version of Rymsky Korsakoff's Flight of the Bumblebee, note by note, at original speed, with pizzicato (no pick), and without any tapping or trick. Is fair to say that Manowar bassist Joey De Maio recorded a completely adapted and simplified version some years before. - 2000 Returns to Chile and rapidly establishes his name again on the chilean scene. - 2001 Becomes the first Chilean bassist who performed, being an Official Endorsee, in a Booth at the 2001 NAMM Show in Los Angeles, USA. In this case it was Gallien Krueger's Booth. - 2003 Becomes one the two only Electric Bass players to be featured on the chapter "End of the Century Scene" from the book "The History of Jazz in Chile", written by the musicologist Álvaro Menanteau. This book is considered the most complete book ever written concerning the history of Jazz in this country. - 2008 Becomes the first chilean bass player and probably the first Latin American bassist to be featured on a special full page interview in one of the two most prestigious bass magazines in the world. This is the british "Bass Guitar Magazine" www.bassguitarmagazine.com Igor was featured on issue number 35. - 2010 Igor Saavedra has had official sponsorings since 1989 (only one year after picking a bass for the first time). Now he is officially endorsed by the most prestigious bass brands in the market, like Mark Bass, Nordstrand Pickups, La Bella strings, and many (chilean) local sponsors, like Luthier Claudio González, Rudy Bags, Groove Electronics, and many more..... TEACHING EXPERIENCE - On 1991, which was slightly more than two years after having taking the Electric Bass for the first time (mid of 1988), he becomes the Bass teacher at the "Roberto Lecaros Jazz Academy", which was the most important Jazz School in Santiago de Chile in those days. - Has performed more than 50 Clinics and Master Classes. - Has performed more than 200 workshops. - Has had more than 400 personal (private) students in Chile and the USA, many of them bass teachers and top professional bass players while studying with him. - Has worked and participated (sometimes also playing) in clinics of musicians like Jeff Berlin (1990), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (2002), Gregg Bisonnette (2002), Marty Friedman of Megadeth (2003), Gary Willis (2004). - 1995 to 1999 Head Teacher of the Electric Bass Department at the "California Music Studio" in Los Angeles USA. - 2006 From this year he has been columnist and teacher for the N°1 Electric Bass magazine in spanish language in more than 15 editions. This is the European (Spain) magazine "Bajista". In addition to that, Igor was featured in an special interview named "Latin American bassists" with other 2 top Latin American bass players. The other two bassists were the great argentinian bassist Guillermo Vadalá (Fito Páez), and the outstanding mexican bassist Gerardo "Lalo" Carrillo (Luís Miguel). - 2006 His website www.bajoigorsaavedra.com was chosen "Bass Web of the Month" by this prestigious european bass magazine. - 2008 Published "T.G.E.S Rhythmic Applied to the Electric Bass Vol. 1." through JC Sáez Publishers. This is the first volume of a series of 3 books that will be edited by JC Sáez Publishers. Soon "T.G.E.S Vol. 1." was officially acquired by the School of Music of the "Universidad Católica de Chile" as a teaching material support that was destinated especially for the Department of Percussion. This book is being distributed in all Latin America and Spain. Soon wait for "Applied Technique for the Electric Bass Vol. 2." that will be released at the end of 2009 and "Applied Harmony and Improvisation for the Electric Bass Vol. 3." that will be released at the end of 2010. This three books will configurate one of the finest educational bass collections in the world ever made for the Electric Bass. This amazing trilogy will offer more than 500 pages of Bass knowledge and deep analysis of all aspects that have to do with the Electric Bass. INNOVATION THE FOLLOWING IS A RESUMED STORY OF THE "IGOR'S MIC RAMP" AND THE "SYMMETRIC BASS FINGER SWEEPING." - 1992 The birth of T.G.E.S, or "Structuring and Synthesis Global Technique" (in english), born when Igor discards the conventional right hand technique for the electric bass guitar, and creates the "Symmetric Bass Finger Sweeping Technique, and Vectorial Synthesis" which allows you to do things that would be almost unthinkable to do with the traditional technique. Since this year Igor was and still is the first bass player in the world to use and document the symmetric bass finger sweeping technique as a steady baseline technique. In fact...., he uses it not as an extra resource, he uses it for everything he plays (Walking Bass, Latin Tumbao, Pizzicato Funk, etc...). He created this finger technique applying the original concept developed for the picking technique by the great guitarist Frank Gambale. You can hear now great bass players that applied this concept some years after Igor created it, like Franck Hermanny for example, who sometimes uses it for performing his super fast runs. One of the main differences is that Igor worked in getting a sound that can not be differentiated from the standard pizzicato, so he can use it 100% of the time getting always all the benefits from it. - 1997 Develops a theoretical and technical concept based on the T.G.E.S. concept about which he begins writing a series of three books. - 1999 Invents and starts using immediately on his basses the "T.G.E.S Mic Ramp." or the "Igor's Mic ramp", which is a height regulated wooden ramp located in the area of the pickups, under the strings, and CONTAINING the pickups. The regulation comes from four screws attached FROM THE BACK of the bass to the ramp, which is obviously a more esthetical and refined way to do it. You can take a look at the offical posters from different brands made in year 1999 and year 2000 that are on this myspace's photos, and also on the video from year 2000 that is also featured on this myspace, SO YOU DON'T HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT IT!! This idea is a hybrid, derived on the one hand from the "Willis Ramp" invented by the great Gary Willis, which is a wooden ramp that was originally glued to the body and that later on had adjustable front screws, and that goes under the strings and BESIDE the microphones, and on the other hand derived from the pickups occupied by the "F Basses" which were, and still are, covered by a wooden casing that follows the design of the body. Igor shared his invention (photos and specs) with the world's bass community when he inaugurated his personal website on year 2001. This invention only started to be used by other players 6 years after its website releasing, and 8 years after he invented it. As an example, on year 2006 approximately it was included in electric basses made by AC Guitars, Le duc, Rickie Lugo and Nordstrand Guitars (brand that endorses Igor with it's great bass pickups), and then more and more professional bass players started to install it on their basses or getting basses that already included it. One of those bassists is the prominent French Bass Player Hadrien Feraud. It's precise to add that Igor created the "Mic ramp" first of all to optimize his technical system, "T.G.E.S." In fact, he also invented its name. - 2000 Is still the only Chilean bass player that uses the 4 finger pizzicato technique, developed before by the great Matthew Garrison, incorporating this technical resource to his technique T.G.E.S. OTHER INNOVATIONS - 1991 Becomes the first Chilean professional bassist playing with a six strings bass guitar. - 1997 After experimenting with tons of different string gauges and waisting tons of money buying different string sets, also mixing brands to get the proper one (all that before being endorsed), Igor comes up with his crazy string gauging that many people knows him for. His 8 string bass is tuned (from high to low), F-C-G-D-A-E-B-F#, and believe it or not, the string gauges he uses are 0.20-0.25-0.35-0.50-0.60-0.80-0.100-0.125 He is convinced than a lighter gauge, mostly at the lowest strings, brings a much full of harmonics and a much deeper tone. Also the string is much more "expressive", so you can bend it easily, get better vibratos, and get much more sustain from it. It's simple physics for him, and he has explained the concept and physics fundaments many times on his Master Classes and articles..... Just listen to his samples and videos and you'll agree on that. - 1998 Creates the "Virtual Cabinet", which is a system of removable supports placed below an electric bass cabinet that has calculated perforations and internal pipes that are facing the front of the cabinet. The supports live an approximately 1 foot space below the cabinet, which is loaded with an 18-inch speaker facing the floor, which generates a camera that disseminates extremely "Sub-low" frequencies. This "Virtual Space" or "Virtual Cabinet", allows the full system to be much smaller than the usual. This makes it extremely portable and increases incredibly its size-sound ratio. The Virtual cabinet was even more than that, as it also included two 2 X 10 + horn cabinets and a 3 unit rack that you could mount and dismount from the system, which was in fact "A cube" when fully mounted. Igor Saavedra designed and built in the "Virtual Cabinet" in USA along with Jaime Pavez, a Chilean architect and a friend who lives in Los Angeles, California. This invention was brought to Chile in 1999 and used for several live concerts with his band. You can look for them on some of his youtube videos performing at the Escuela Moderna de Música in 1999. - 1999 Developed a simple and effective concept called "Rear Truss Rod Access" or RTA that was and still is implemented in all his basses. With the RTA you are able to access the Bass truss rod without moving the strings to insert the allen wrench. - 2000 Becomes probably the first Latin American professional bassist playing with an Eight Strings Bass Guitar. - 2001 Launches the first professional bassist website in Chile, and one of the firsts in Latin America. www.bajoigorsaavedra.com - 2005 Developed and implemented a simple and efficient system to turn off and on the tweeter through a footswich for live applications, so you can use it in any bass cabinet and not only on equipments that bring this feature from the factory. - 2006 Becomes the first chilean Electric Bassist to have it's own signature bass strings model. Those are the "LA BELLA IGOR SAAVEDRA SIGNATURE BASS SINGLE STRINGS". He was also probably the first bassist in Latin America to achieve something like that. - 2010 "Artist of the Month" on www.markbass.it , sharing this honour with bassist like Jeff Berlin, Hadrien Feraud, Alain Caron, Tom Kennedy and Michael Manring. Visit Online: www.bajoigorsaavedra.com (Spanish) www.myspace.com/igorsaavedratribute (English) www.facebook.com/pages/Igor-Saavedra/70509452757?ref=s www.twitter.com/igorsaavedra (English / Spanish)
Eric picked up the bass guitar in Junior High and hasn’t put it down since. After figuring out that he could have a blast and earn money, Eric quit his paper route and played in bar bands through high school and college. He learned how to read music along the way and toured the Western United States and Canada with his college jazz ensemble. Eric’s passion for music has kept him active in the studio and on stage all the while balancing his creative pursuits with his fantastic family life and a career in Forensic Science. For the past 25 years Eric has played bass for the Peter Morgan Band and has opened up for several notable performers including Fattburger, Trumpeter Chris Botti and Keyboardist Phillipe Saisse. Eric has also performed at the Sacramento Jazz Festival, The Crocker Arts Summer Jazz Series and the PBS television series – Computer Chronicles.
I grew up in both Southern and Northern California and started playing the bass at age 13 after hearing and falling in love with the sound of Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report. My father Loren Pickford is a tremendous jazz musician and pretty much taught me everything I know about harmony, theory, and chord scales. He threw me in the deep end so to speak and I started gigging professionally with him at age 14. My dad dropped me off in Boston in 1988 at age 17 to attend Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. I graduated in three years with honors in 1991. After Berklee I spent time in New Orleans and New York City. I returned to school and received my Masters Degree in 1996 from the Boston Conservatory. Along the way I've had the good fortune to travel around the globe and play with some great musicians like Mike Clark and the Headhunters, Charles Haynes, Aaron Goldberg, Matt Garrison, Robert Randolph, Brian Blade, Steve Hass, Jorge Rossy, Erik Jekebson, Will Boulware, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Dr. John, Scott Kinsey, Vinx, Kai Eckhardt, Bruce Flowers, Mino Cinelu, Susan Tedeschi, Steve Houghton, George Garzone, Dow Brain, Kei Akagi, Tiger's Baku, Greg Tardy, Antonio Sanchez, Steve Hunt, Bob Moses, and many others. I taught college for a couple of years in Massachusetts but recently my wife Kristin and I have returned to living on the West Coast and now live in the Bay Area where we enjoy it very much. My debut CD with Steve Hunt called "Blown Fuse" has become a "post-fusion classic" of sorts and has recieved some great reviews from some really special musicians. Be sure to pick up a copy while you're here! Visit Online: www.lucaspickford.net www.cdbaby.com/cd/pickford www.myspace.com/picksband
Allee Futterer is a 19 year-old bassist from Los Angeles, California. Before attending Berklee College of Music she attended the Orange County High School of the Arts where she studied classical and contemporary music on the electric and upright bass as well as viola and voice. Previously she has toured with progressive metal band Persia, as well as playing with the likes of Barbara Morrsion, Matt Morrison, Steven Mercurio, Marvin Hamlish, Bijon Watson and Susan Egan.
Martin Simpson was born in 1956 in London, England. His musical life began 16 years later with the acquisition of a Columbus bass – "a pretty poor copy of the Fender Jazz". Not coming from a musical family, but having quite a creative mind, Martin got practicing (like most of us) in his bedroom, two or three hours every night and a year later was playing in a local covers band. Several bands later and quite a few instruments later including a Hagstrom 8 stringed bass, Fender P (which he eventually converted into a fretless instrument), Gibson Thunderbird, B.C. Rich Mockingbird and an Ibanez 8 stringed bass, he set off for an unknown destiny in South Africa in July '82. It took Martin a few years to settle down and start aquiring some new equipment. First came a bass – a beautiful, Polar White Ibanez neck through body instrument. Professionalism was now beckoning so he aquired another Ibanez bass – a fretless version of the one he already had and upgraded from his Peavy TKO 65W amp to a Peavy Combo 300. The basses have since been exchanged for his current instruments – a Black 4 stringed Warwick Streamer and a Cort Artisan 5 stringed bass which he tunes E through C. "I have to buy 6 string sets and discard the B strings" says Martin. The Peavy Combo remains but it's Martin's dream to one day have an EBS rig like his Seventh Day Adventist pal, Sibusiso Masondo. Martin started playing in a Professional, three-piece outfit called Humaniax in 1986 but was frustrated at not getting any of his ideas listened to, so he formed a two-piece band with a friend. "This gave me a lot more room in the music. I took care of Bass, Keys and Drum Programming, the other guy took care of songwriting, singing and guitaring". Still, the urge to go solo was tugging away and Martin went into the recording studio in March 1997 "with a whole bunch of crazy ideas" to start recording his self-funded album, Bass To Bass. "Things never go as planned and I finally came out of the studio, four years later, with four cd's – Space Rock, Lost In Space, Bass To Bass & The Bass Remains The Same". After the completion of these four cd's, Martin slowly, sub-conciously, started to close the door on the other disciplines. Says Martin "I'd had years of frustration with players of other instruments – especially guitarists and I found myself gravitating towards like-minded folk – other bassists! This was a 90 degree turn in my musical career and one that I've never regretted for a single moment. Bassists are a very open bunch of people – very few bassists are egotists and everyone is eager to share ideas and information. I feel truly blessed to have taken up this instrument so many years ago". Martin now runs The South African Bass Players Collective, which he founded with the help of his friends Kai Horsthemke, Concord Nkabinde and Graeme Currie. He still occasionally pops into the recording studio but spends much of his time connecting with bass players all over the World and organizing events for The Collective.
At the moment, Josh Needleman is keeping his ear to the ground for a performance oriented electric bass position with a touring and recording band. He just released his original thumping jazz bass single "Horn Slicka" which features Paul Hanson on funk jazz bassoon. Josh writes and grooves on his bass in his favorite styles, and regularly adds short and sweet solo bass videos to his YouTube & Facebook accounts to keep busy and to give other musicians a way to see and hear him now. Visit Josh at: www.joshneedleman.net. As educator, Josh works with a group of electric & upright bass students of all ages and levels. He co-wrote, as well as recorded and composed the electric and upright bass parts for, the "Jazz Bass Goldmine" bass instruction book published by Hal Leonard. Additionally, Josh wrote the unique bass instruction book manual on Amazon called "Getting Around The Bass", a staple text book of his own students and many others.
Even though Josh was born in 1985 he wouldn't even touch an instrument for the next 17 years. It wasn't until Christmas of his senior year in high school that he would get his first bass. After only 2 years of playing, under the direction of his mentor and teacher David Hilton, Josh received a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. During his schooling he was considered a decisive leader, a trusted studio musician and a reliable sideman and was recorded on 2 albums and several commercial jingles. In 2008 Josh was featured in the Berklee Bass Department Annual Student Concert and a year later he was featured in the Electric Bass Showcase. While at Berklee Joshua became a finalists in the 2009 Thelonious Monk Institute's Composers Competition. A year after being at Berklee, Josh received an artist endorsement with Fodera Guitars and Aguilar Amplification. While at Berklee Josh studied Arranging, Jazz Composition, and Performance. Since graduating in 2009 Josh has had the opportunity to play and study with great musicans such as: Matthew Garrison (Herbie Hancock, John Mclaughlin, John Scofield and the SNL band) Kevin Freeby (Planet X) Bob Magnuson (Buddy Rich) Todd Johnson (Mike Stern, Dave Weckl, Scott Henderson, Poncho Sanchez, and Frank Gambale) Russell Bizzett (Jimmy Smith, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Garrett) Lincoln Goines (Arturo Sandoval, Michele Camilo, Brecker Brothers) Mike Pope (Steve Smith, David Sanborn, and Bill Bruford) Clifford Brown III and more. In 2010 Josh became a published writer and began writing articles and lessons for Bass Musicians Magazine. Joshua is now in Southern California and trying to establish himself as world-class bassist and composer.
2007 finds Willis relaunching his solo and bandleader career with the release of "Actual Fiction" and the avant-jam-trio "Slaughterhouse 3". Early reviews of "Actual Fiction" describe that it's "everything you've ever liked about his work with Tribal Tech and leaps forward a few light years." while being "wide open from the very first note and will test your neck vertebrae with the powerful rhythms all through this recording." Allaboutjazz.com describes "Slaughterhouse 3" as "Undoubtedly funky and at times lyrical, the music on Slaughterhouse 3 is also nicely edgy, exploring some dark and heavy musical avenues. Willis, Covington and Fortuny all excel on a fascinating album which will hopefully be only the first of further collaborations together." Through the years Willis has played with musicians like Wayne Shorter, Allan Holdsworth, Hubert Laws, Simon Phillips, Joe Diorio, Robben Ford, and Pil Upchurch, as well as being the co-leader of Tribal Tech. In sixteen years of co-leading Tribal Tech with guitarist Scott Henderson, the band produced nine critically acclaimed CD's, (the last one, Rocket Science, was released in 2000) Willis launched his solo career with the September 1996 release of No Sweat, featuring incredible performances by Dennis Chambers on drums, Scott Kinsey on keyboards, and Steve Tavaglione on woodwinds and EWI. For the 1998 follow up Bent, in addition to Chambers, Kinsey and Tavaglione, Willis added the fiery tenor of Bob Berg and long time Tribal Tech cohort/drummer Kirk Covington. Bent lives up to its title and takes the "rules" of jazz, through dynamic compositions and rhythm-defying improv, and bends reality to fit the talent of easily the most musically monstrous lineup on the scene today. Despite its all-star cast, any listener expecting the self-indulgent "chopfest" is instead treated to great musicians playing tastefully, musically and unselfishly. As of 2004, Willis became a Barcelona, Spain resident and spends part of his time as a professor of composition, arranging, improvisation and bass at Barcelona's prestigious Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya conservatory. The Texas native studied composition and improvisation as part of the legendary jazz program at North Texas State University. It was there that he switched to bass after years of guitar & bass study. After moving to Los Angeles in '82 he became a course leader at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and taught at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. In 1993, Warner publications released Bass Lessons with the Greats, which includes a chapter on Willis's unique approach to improvisation. His hour-long educational video entitled "Progressive Bassics" features discussion of his technical and fingerboard harmony concepts. In 1998 [[Hal Leonard Publishing Co]] published his Fingerboard Harmony for Bass. Adding to the Willis publishing catalog, Hal Leonard Publishing Co offers The Gary Willis Collection. The book features 11 transcriptions of original Willis tunes, including the contemporary classic The Necessary Blonde, which is one of two compositions also included in Sher Music's The New Real Book-Volume Two. Two other compositions from his solo recordings are also featured in the All Jazz Real Book, It's Only Music and The Everlasting Night also from Sher Music. In Jan. '99 Hal Leonard released Ultimate Ear Training for Guitar and Bass. Bass Player calls it an "excellent method to help you develop your ears and connect them-through your hands-to your instrument." In demand as an educator, He's conducted clinics and master classes in 21 different countries. The latest Willis book from Hal Leonard, 101 Tips for Bass , was released in 2002 and provides valuable how-to insight that bassists of all styles and levels can benefit from. In 1999, Ibanez Guitars introduced the Gary Willis Signature Bass. In development for almost 2 years, the Willis Bass offers bassists the chance to purchase the bass built to Willis's exacting specifications, and an opportunity to get that "Willis sound." The bass has evolved over the years with minor improvements, but the latest, most striking change is that now the bass is hand-crafted from start to finish and in Willis's words: "Instead of trying to make this bass more affordable, Ibanez has decided to make it perfect" Visit Online: www.garywillis.com
Brad Houser is a founding member of Critters Buggin and New Bohemians (with Edie Brickell). Currently he plays bass with Boombox ATX, The Deadkennygs, Mingtones, David Garza, and a cast of thousands in Austin Tx. In his other life he plays baritone saxophone and bass clarinet with Suzanna Choffel and with Zydeco Blanco. In 2000 he co-designed the Brad Houser 5 bass with Reverend Guitars. Currently he plays Lakland basses and DR strings.
John Kuhlman has had a diverse writing career covering everything from nuclear waste to famous fried chicken from Kentucky. A lifelong music devotee, he is trying to accomplish that same diversity with the bass...in all its forms.
Jimi Durso is a bassist and guitarist in the New York area. He has been playing and teaching for over 20 years, and though he concentrates on his own music, some of the artists he has had the pleasure of playing alongside include: the Toasters, the Scofflaws, Ray Anderson, and John Abercrombie. He recovered from a debilitating depressivion and has an ebook detailing his revitalization available at” www.IConquerDepression.com
Alberto Rigoni is an Italian bass player and composer. As a solo artist he released 3 albums between 2008 and 2012 (Something Different, Rebirth, Three Wise Monkeys) collaborating with famous musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater, OSI, Chroma Key), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Goran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum), Michael Manring, John Macaluso. Alberto is also known as member of the progressive rock band Twinspirits (3 albums released) and founder of the project called Lady & THE BASS. He is endorser for the following gear companies: Dingwall Bass Guitars, Aguilar Amplification, Hipshot, Ernie Ball Strings, Comfort Strapp, Evidence Audio, Peterson Tuners, Sonuus, MONO. Visit online at albertorigoni.net and YouTube
As a solo artist or sideman for James LaBrie (Dream Theater) or Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and many more, Ray has been at the forefront of the bass scene for many years. Countless recordings, live gigs and clinics keep Ray in high demand. Connect on FB, follow on IG, watch on YouTube @phatgroovz
Rajoe is a YouTube bassist from a little country called Hungary. Being mostly self-taught with the help of the countless online resources (MarloweDK, Janek Gwizdala, Jeff Berlin, Adam Nitti, John Patitucci, various clinics), he wants to share his amalgamated knowledge with fellow-students and give something back to the community that helped himself to become a better musician. Rajoe is also grateful for private lessons he took from Horvath "Pluto" Jozsef, an acclaimed local bassist who played with Matthew Garrison, John Patitucci, Chico Freeman, Lee Ritenour and Billy Cobham among others.While being a guest teacher at MarloweDK's Playbassnow.com, Rajoe started an own project, DigThatBass.com, an educational endeavour that focuses on musical content. It aims to create short, minimalist "no-bullshit" lessons that are efficient and informative to the online students. These videos show slow versions (half speed & 3/4 speed) of well-known artist's bass parts (solos, grooves, patterns, licks) with free TABs and notation included within the video. As a bonus,Guitar Pro files are also freely available for each lesson at www.digthatbass.com! He is happy and honored to share these lessons here on Bass Musician Magazine!
Vuyani Wakaba is a South African bassist that is based in Chicago, Illinois. He is the bassist for Chicago blues legend and Delmark recording artist Eddie C. Campbell. Vuyani is the founder of the Chicago jazz band Vuyani Wakaba & Friends. Occasionally Vuyani plays with guitarist Phil Upchurch Jr., as well as with the Chicago based R&B band Soulify. Vuyani is often called to play for the Sing To Live Community Chorus (www.singtolive.org). Other engagements on Vuyani’s calendar often include performances in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, as well as a variety of freelance work.Among Vuyani’s musical achievements are performances at Roy Vogt's Thunder Row Bass Bash At Summer Namm; Fox Television stage of The Taste of Chicago Festival; The Erie Jazz and Blues Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania; An invitation to be a staff member at Victor Wooten’s Bass/Nature Camp; Appearances on WGN Television Morning Show and South Africa’s S.A.B.C. Television network. Vuyani Wakaba is a rock solid supportive bassist in every performance situation and he prides himself on being reliable, trustworthy, and always prepared.
Mark von Bergen plays upright bass, bass guitar and Theramin with the jazz groove band, The Rhythm Dogs. His interests range from cosmic to straight ahead jazz, from funk to fusion, from dub reggae to hip hop, and everything in between. He recently has been spending time exploring what is out there by way of video. There is plenty of it, and the good news - at least for the music fan - is much of it is free. His column focuses on video presentations of bass music and the people who perform it.
Doug’s raw presence, energy, and all-around crowd-wowing prowess can be heard on numerous recordings and stages. Believing that a good musician surrounds himself with great musicians, Doug has had the privilege of working with such icons asVictor Wooten, Buddy Miles, Chuck Rainey, Dana Rasch, The LA Mass Choir, Grammy winning producer Aaron Lindsey, Steve Smith, and many others. The culmination of these musical experiences led him to his first critically acclaimed solo CD, Doug Johns, released in 2006. Doug followed up his very well-received solo debut with his 2008 release, Pocket Fulla Nasty, and received an outstanding reaction from the bass community, as well as catching the ear of the general public very quickly. Bass Player Magazine on Johns: “One of the most credit–deserving bass virtuosos in America…it’s his inventiveness that’s consistently compelling.” Doug’s newest release, Stank (October 2010), brings ten stank-funk tunes with returning artists Oz Noy, Kenny Anderson, Otmaro Ruiz and drummer extraordinaire, Chris Ceja. With fat slammin’ horns, intimate, artful composition and beautiful solo bass, this latest collection is a strong, healthy dose of groove for your soul. Doug Johns and company are definitely guilty of the old adage: Put some Stank on it! Doug can also be seen on national stages with his two-man project, the Doug Johns Duo, featuring a stunningly musical approach to Bass & Drums. In addition to numerous clubs, clinics, and festival bookings, also look for Doug playing such events as BassQuake, Bass Player Live, Bass Slam andBassBash with a host of other stellar bassists.
Adam Nitti has emerged as one of the cutting edge bassists and composers in the world of instrumental jazz and rock. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Adam currently has 3 CDs released on his own Renaissance Man Records label. Adam has toured with the Dave Weckl band, Jeff Coffin Mutet, the Justice League, and Angie Aparo, and has also performed with such legendary artists as Scott Henderson, T Lavitz, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Herring, Mike Stern, Kirk Covington, Susan Tedeschi, Wayne Krantz, and many others. He is currently the bassist with Steven Curtis Chapman, a 5 time Grammy winning artist. In addition to being a performer and composer, Adam is also Chief Learning Officer for MusicDojo.com, an interactive online music school. He is also a bass clinician for SWR, D'Addario, and Warrior Instruments, and is a staff instructor for Victor Wooten's bass & nature camps. Adam is also a columnist for Bass Player magazine, an adjunct faculty member of Lagrange College's school of music, a first-call session player, and has done dozens of clinic and performance appearances at such events as the Bozeman Bass Bash, Bassquake, Euro Bass Day, and Bassup! Visit Online:www.myspace.com/adamnittimusicwww.adamnitti.com
French bassist born in 1981, Bruno Tauzin is also a composer, percussionist, guitarist and pianist. He began studying the organ when he was 10 then turned to music more electric at the age of 15 starting bass and guitar. First musical revelation, Jaco Pastorius and his eponymous album. A long period of intensive work will begin. Second revelation, Johann Sebastian Bach. It is thanks to this great composer Bruno began studying harmony, counterpoint and partitions of the great masters of style. He played in several bands of various styles but got specialized over the years in the acoustic bass. He developped a melodic style, harmonic result of research, chords and percussive techniques to play solo. More than acoustic bass, he spends the most of his time teaching it. He wrote a method on chords "Etude progressive des accords," available soon in English, and a transcript of the first two Cello Suites of Bach. Bruno is also the author of one of the largest educational site about bass in France, www.bassebruno.com As Bruno never stops learning, he discovered a passion for Indian music. So he studied kanjira, small percussion-skinned lizard. Bruno gives lessons and is now preparing his first album of acoustic bass solo. Visit Online: www.bassebruno.com www.myspace.com/brunotauzin
Tim Seisser was born in Elgin, Illinois and grew up in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago. He began playing the bass at age 13 and quickly progressed, technically and musically, thru high school. At age 16 he appeared on his first recording with progressive rock group "Parallel Mind" for their self titled debut. As a senior in High School he travelled to New York City, with the jazz big band "YJED", to perform at the 6th Annual Essentially Ellington Festival at Lincoln Center. Tim moved to Chicago in 2004 and began his career as a full time musician. He has performed in many styles and regularly crosses between genres and musical settings. He has worked with many of Chicago's finest musicians including Mark Colby, Howard Levy, Rob Parton, Frank Catalano, Corey Wilkes, Saalik Ziyad and The 5 After 7 Project, Steve Ramsdell, Nicole Mitchell, A Cor Do Brasil, The Renegades, The Rob Nicholas Band and The Delisfort Project. He has performed at many notorius Chicago area venues including Alpine Valley Music Theatre, House of Blues Chicago, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, The green Mill, Navy Pier, Andy's Jazz Club, The Velvet Lounge, Green Dolphin Street, and Martyrs; as well as countless lesser known venues. He has performed at The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival and The Blues To Bop Festival in Switzerland. Tim was an artist in residence for the Union League of Chicago Civic and Arts Jazz Ensemble in 2008. In addition, he has had the opportunity to back celebrity entertainers Max Weinberg and Charo. Tim also boasts an impressive recording resume and has appeared on recordings alongside Bob Minzter, Will Kennedy and Khari Parker. In 2008 Tim released his first album as a leader entitled "Wire and Wood". It received acclaim from jazz reviewers and has been played on multiple Chicago area jazz stations including WDCB and WNUA. Tim has also performed on Chicago area television stations WGN and Comcast Public Access. He currently is leading his own Quintet and is keeping a very busy schedule as a top call sideman. He is an alumni of Victor Wooten's Bass/Nature Camp and a staff writer for Bass Musician Magazine. Tim exclusively uses and endorses Markbass Amps and CB Custom Basses. Visit Online: www.timseisser.com www.myspace.com/confusionmusic
I am known as "BISCUIT" and I am a self-taught bass guitarist of some 19 years now. I play 5 and 6 string Spector basses exclusively, and have used them all with many bands during live and recording work over the years. I am predominantly a "Solo" artist these days, but will play with any musicians if the circumstances are right. I am an endorsee/Artist for SPECTOR bass guitars and also an Endorsee/ambassador for HARTKE bass amplification systems. All of the above recognitions I am very proud of, and to be recognized by the likes of Spector and Hartke is very flattering indeed and I thank them all for their friendship and support. I am currently working on material for my second solo album, which is keeping me busy at the moment. Having said that... If anyone out there should require some "Biscuitised" bass on their projects, please do not hesitate in contacting me. My influences are so varied, that there is not enough room here to list them all, but in the world of Bass, my top 4 are Jaco Pastorius, Billy Sheehan, John Myung and Mike Inez. Bands and Artists are way too numerous, but I would say my biggest influences are from the world of rock, with the likes of... Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Journey, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy and more recently, and probably the best of all are, Dream Theater. I am a big lover of grunge too, so Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam are up there in a very big way. Having said that, I love the great jazz, blues and soul artists too (i.e. JACO, Stu Hamm, Marcus Miller and the like). If you would like to get deeper, then drop me a line and I will be glad to give you the full range. I use Spector Bass guitars exclusively, and my main weapons these days, are a 5 string Euro LX Custom fretless and a 6 String Euro LX both fitted with two EMG Soapbar pick ups, and my basses are only ever laid with Rotosound strings.... Roundwound Jazz bass 77's on the custom fretless, and Swing Bass 66's on the 6 string. I use Hartke Amplification exclusively also, which includes a HA5500 head and two-4x10 XL cabs. I also use a Hartke "Bass attack pedal/DI box, and a Harke HS 1200 1X15 kickback combo for home practice and teaching. I also use a BOSS GT-6B bass effects processor, which is really being put through its paces at the moment.... Great tool!!! I use KLOTZ cables, and also for live work, an Audio Technica wireless system. Visit online: www.myspace.com/biscuitandbass4
Since 2007, Jason Heath has hosted Contrabass Conversations, a weekly podcast featuring interviews and performances from prominent double bassists. An active double bass performer and teacher, Jason teaches double bass at DePaul University and served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists for many years. Jason is President of the Illinois chapter of the American String Teachers Association and previously served as ILMEA District 7 Orchestra Division Co-Representative and as double bass faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the National High School Music Institute.Jason has been a member of the Elgin Symphony since 2000 and has played with the Midsummer's Music Festival in Door County for the past decade. He is a past member of the Milwaukee Ballet and IRIS Orchestra, and has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony, and numerous other professional ensembles. He holds BM and MM degrees in double bass performance from Northwestrern University.
For the past twenty years, no Northwest bass player has been in more demand in more capacities than Phil Baker. Phil's mastery of both the acoustic and electric bass as well as his talents as a composer and producer have made him one of the most successful and sought-after musicians on the West Coast. Phil's first high-profile gigs were with Diana Ross whom he performed with for nine years beginning in his early twenties. He counts his performance at "Motown 25" as one of his career highlights (where he performed with legendary artists Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Linda Ronstadt). He also performed with Ms. Ross on "The Tonight Show' and "Diana Ross-Live At Central Park". Phil has also toured and recorded with pop artist Gino Vannelli, and remains in demand for rock, pop, and blues recording sessions. Despite being perhaps the finest electric bass player in the region Phil's first love is playing' the acoustic bass in more traditional jazz settings. While touring with Ms. Ross, Phil still found time to perform with jazz legends Eddie Harris, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Stitt, Diane Schuur, Ernie Watts and countless others. He remains the "first call" for many traveling artists including recent appearances with Nat Adderley, Scott Hamilton, and Joe Lovano. In the contemporary jazz genre Phil has composed for and helped produce Tom Grant's last 2 CDs. On these CDs Phil co-wrote the #1 hit "Love & Desire" and wrote "Tune It In" which reached #19 and on the charts. Phil has appeared on hundreds of CDs but waited until the Winter of '99 to release his first solo recording, "Yule Be Swingin", a mainstream set of Christmas songs featuring Ron Steen, Tom Grant, and Dave Evans. This effort received 4 1/2 stars in "Jazz-scene" and the Oregonian proclaimed: "He's also an inventive soloist with a beautiful sound full sound. He's such an intelligent player that even "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" becomes a new story in his hands". When not performing in concert, at festivals, or on the local club scene Phil spends his days composing music for national television and radio use. In his home studio Phil employs his skills as a keyboardist, guitarist, and arranger to create a "whole" piece of music himself . Phil also uses his studio skills to help artists who seek him out for bass playing, production, synthesizer work, drum looping, arranging, and mixing. Phil explains: "I love watching a piece of music come together. I find that the clearer your vision is, the better the music turns out." Whether laying down the swinging foundation for a touring jazz great, helping to rock the house at a blues gig, or in the studio, Phil plays the bass the way other musicians want to hear it; with feeling, in the groove, producing a beautiful sound with effortless mastery that always supports and never needs to show off.
Rhayn is a musician whose interest lies in musical spontaneity and improvisation. He is a commercially aware music graduate with in-depth insight into the processes of Indie music obtained through concerts and festivals. A multi-instrumentalist, who shares, writes and elucidates music in a fusion of genres. It is the pure joy of utilising sound to create a magical world which others can share that inspires him. Currently playing bass in U.K. based rock group – Sankara.
Born in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1965, David was brought to Washington, D.C. by his parents at the early age of two. He began his education in D.C. public schools, later moving to the metropolitan Washington area and attending Maryland public schools. During this period, David played the baritone (euphonium) in school and in county orchestras earning superior ratings on his instrument. After hearing recordings of Larry Graham and Louis Johnson, the desire to switch to the bass was overwhelming. At age 12, David's parents presented him with a beginner's bass guitar. Excelling rapidly, he eventually achieved the "outstanding bandmember" award during his high school senior year. After witnessing David's participation in school, church, local top 40, R&B, funk, and go-go bands (along with numerous studio sessions with local gospel artists), his parents were convinced that his talent was worth nurturing and were supportive to David's matriculation at Berklee College of Music, where more growth ensued. Exposed to various idioms, David was able to absorb an array of musical flavors as well as perform in diverse musical situations. Upon graduation, David locked in the position of bassist with Polygram recording artist Walter Beasley. In January, 1989, he was called to audition for Maurice Starr (Producer of New Kids On the Block) and landed the gig. Eventually earning the position of musical director, David helped to take their live show to an unprecedented pinnacle. In February 1992, he moved on to tour and/or record with a vast selection of artists spanning from the world renown jazz saxophonist, Chico Freeman, to the R&B fame of songwriter/singer/bassist and 1997 Downbeat Poll winner, Me'Shell N'degeocello. In May of 1997, David began touring with Me'Shell N'degeocello. In addition to performing as a solo artist with his band, He also records and performs with various artists in between tours. In early 1999, David recorded his debut CD entitled "Soulmates" which received worldwide critical acclaim. (Click on "Lo'hand Funk" icon for purchase inquiries). In December 1999, Dyson formed an allegiance with the Marimelj Entertainment Group which led to the release of "Soulmates", nationally, through Warner Brothers(WEA). His second release, "The Dawning" also garnering critical acclaim was released on his own label "Lohandfunk". Throughout his career, David has earned quite a reputation as a bassist, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Currently he is a solo artist and President of Lil Doc Productions, Inc. / Lo'hand Funk Records. He continues to strive for excellence as one of today's most promising artists. Visit Online: www.Dysonsgroove.com www.myspace.com/daviddyson
Aidan Hampson is a bass player and teacher from Southampton, UK. As well as teaching across many schools and colleges in the area, he can also be found gigging regularly in both original and function bands. If you’d like to know more about Aidan, or have any comments about his articles contact him via his website: aidanhampson.co.uk [Equipment: Sei Custom 5-string, Rickenbacker 4003, Gibson Grabber, Fender Jazz, Fender Precison, Avalon U5 Preamp, QSC Power amp]
Alex Wilkerson grew up in a musical family where his father has a Masters in music and his mother plays flute and keys. He started his musical training through 8 years of classical piano as a child, moved to 6 years of classical guitar, and final got into bass which he has been performing and studying for over 12 years now. He's a graduate from Hollywood's Musicians Institute and plays both electric and upright bass. Some of Alex's biggest influences include: Jamerson (The worlds greatest bass player in my opinion), Jaco, Chuck Rainey, Marcus Miller, Ron Carter and McCartney. Alex enjoys playing in all styles but names funk as his first and truest love.
Bill is a graduate of DePaul University, and has been a performer, teacher and clinician for nearly thirty years. His jazz credits include work with Clark Terry, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Kenny Burrell, Frank Wess, Bunky Green, Woody Herman Band, Joe Daley and many others. He hs worked extensively in the Chicago theater, both in the pit and onstage as a musician and actor. Credits include the long running Always...Patsy Cline, Wicked, Showboat, Sunset Boulevard, Singin' In The Rain, Scrooge, Peter Pan, Sweet Charity, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story, Camelot and the world premieres of The Visit, Turn of the Century and Bounce at Goodman Theatre. Bill's teachers were Chicago Symphony Orchestra bassists Mark Kraemer and Warren Benfield and the legendary cellist Karl Fruh at Roosevelt University. He studied piano with Goldie Goloub, jazz theory with Alan Swain and arranging with Cliff Colnot. His teaching experience includes private lessons and coaching jazz ensembles at the American Conservatory of Music and at Chicago State University. As a clinician, Bill spent many summers at Clark Terry's Great Plains Jazz Camp, taught at the Saskatchewan Summer School for the Arts and did a week of master classes at the Montreux Jazz Festival as a member of the Bunky Green Quartet. He also taught and coached young rockers at DayJams Summer Camp. Bill currently works as a freelance bassist in theatres, clubs, hotels and for private and corporate events. He gives private lessons on electric and upright bass, teaches theory, harmony, ear training, reading and improvising, and coaches rhythm sections on the fundamentals of ensemble playing, listening and groove. Bill created and runs PlayJazzNow.com, a website offering innovative, downloadable play-along tracks for instrumentalists and singers of all levels. He writes about musical life at www.jazzunderneath.blogspot.com and contributes toJazz.com and Bass Musician magazine.
In his short time in the Industry, Carl has developed himself into one of the country's most exciting and all rounded musicians, growing with the metal genre and then broadening his listening and passion for all music, brought him to develop his playing and style into the versatile player he is today. Initially self taught, Carl now studies at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in Kilburn, London, where he is studying for a degree in popular music performance. With this, Carl also teaches and finds himself regularly playing for different artists across the board. Combining his musical ability with a magnetic stage presence, honed through a determined career of stage performance, his stature in the business is inevitable. Carl has gigged and toured all over Britain and is not afraid to try something new. Playing everything from the Local bar to major venues and festivals. Having a professional yet outgoing personality, his ability to get on with almost anyone proves a pleasure and a bonus when constantly working with people. Having sessioned for several bands in the UK during 2008 and in that year touring Britain several times, his dedication and determination shine on. Having also endorsing Warwick Basses and Amps, and becoming the in house session bassist for White House Studios - there are high hopes for 2009!
David has worked in the guitar industry since 2005, gaining over 4 years experience from a young age at The Bass Centre, London (the world's first, foremost and most famous bass guitar specialist)... and then a further 4.5 years with DV247.com’s guitar department. David is now the founder and online marketing specialist at Web Marketing Matters and continues his work in the industry with clients including Ashdown Engineering and Andy Baxter Bass, London, amongst others.
Tim has played bass for over twenty years and had toured and recorded with hard rock band Anthrophobia. Tim is currently playing in the thrash metal band Drown in the Shallows and also is working the thriving PA alternative rock/cover band scene. Tim lives with his two awesome sons and is a non-endorsed abuser and user of the Ibanez ATK200. Anthrophobia discography (Cd’s and ex-member pics @ www.drprecords.com/anthrophobia/main.php): In The Zero to Three Movement, Hard by Design & Magnetic (3 tracks). www.facebook.com/DrownintheShallows
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. I started playing guitar at 7 and bass at 17. I studied visual arts, Jazz theory and the bass guitar at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, where during my final year, I started my own band called Airplai®. I am also the owner and founder of Airplai® Productions, where we do album production, song writing, composing/arranging, video editing, film scoring, and jingles. Also, over a decade ago, I created the Perfect10course, which continues to offer online music lessons for bass guitar, guitar, drums, and piano. In 2013, I was discovered online by an agent, which led me to my current venture as a Solo Bassist/Guitarist onboard cruise ships.In 2014, I released my first solo album, Just Passing Through, under the label Airplai® Productions. This project was ten years in the making. My second album, Feel Brand New, was just released at the end of 2016. I am proud to announce that both albums are available on iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon.
Rob Collier earned his DMA in Composition at the University of Maryland. He currently teaches music theory and composition at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is also an active bass player and bandleader.
Clinician, Performer, Engineer, Producer, Musician, Hillbilly, Cultural Nomad Al started off with trumpet and as a singer/dancer. In 1976 he taught himself bass and landed a gig with 'R.J. and the Rhythm Company', also playing for such artist as Albert King and Shirley Brown. After graduating from Performing Arts High, Al moved back to St.Louis in 1979. He started working with Ralph Butler where guest artist like Alex Acuna from Weather Report and Phillip Wilson sat in. He played in a band 'Front Street' and started writing originals in 1980, leaving soon to travel with a show band for a year. Coming back to a highlighted spot in Ralph Butler's band and having gained a following as a soloist, in 1983 Al left for New York City. He roomed with famed drummer Dave Weckl and was mentored by the legendary Anthony Jackson. It was then he began playing multi-string basses. Al did some work with Chris Botti, Vicky Sue Robinson, Jonathan Butler, Glen Jones, Chuck Mangione, Matt 'Guitar' Murphy, Teddy Riley, Johnny Kemp, and Stanley Turrentine. Also performing on shows with Earth, Wind and Fire, Nancy Wilson, the Whispers, Phyllis Hyman, Wynton Marsalis, Najee, Kirk Whalum, Johnny Gill. Spending time traveling all over Europe, Africa, Japan, and Canada, Al studied the music of other cultures. In 1990 being tired of touring and longing for a change, he wrote and produced a song called 'Wait, Wait' for an artist named Julius Williams. It went to number #1 on the local charts. An early adopter of the Computer Recording software 'Pro Tools', he practiced on tons of local talent developing chops as a writer, producer and engineer. He studied the art of recording with Oliver Sain and Perry Emge and wrote over 1500 songs in those seven years. In 1997, Al received a call from Rob Mathes asking him to play bass for Vanessa William's. Gladly taking the gig, his first job with her was performing for the Prince of Monaco, and then flying back to America to perform on the David Letterman show. They played every top TV show at the time. The tour continued with the addition of Luther Vandross. They played everywhere, from the Hollywood Bowl to Madison Square Garden. In September 2002 after seeing the movie 'Oh Brother, where art thou?' and being moved by the Bluegrass Soundtrack, Al purchased a banjo, the instrument his Great Grandfather had played, and learned of the African origin of the instrument. Noticing that he'd never seen an African American play a banjo, he thought about the 300 years of missing musical culture. It also made him think about the African American contribution to American music... so he started The Travelin Black Hillbilly's. In September 2007 the Travelin Black Hillbilly's played The AACW Blues and Jazz Festival. The following week they were a featured act in Bristol, Tenn. Bristol is the Birthplace of Country Music. They were well received. The Travelin Black Hillbillys currently have 4 cd's on I-Tunes. Al completed the 70's "Love Songs" CD for Vanessa Williams. Guest stars include George Benson, D-Train and more. It will be a tribute to some of the great songs of the 70's. Here are the tracks he is featured on. Everlasting love Never can say Good-bye You are Everything With you I'm born Again I'll be good to you Let's Love (by the Ohio Players) He's also completed Vanessa's Christmas CD "Silver and Gold". It features Brian McKnight and Ozzie Davis. Al plays on 3 songs Silver and Gold Joy to the World (w/ Brian McKnight) December Lullaby (All songs are recorded with his Signature Benavente 9 String MIDI Bass) Al has performed on Broadway for the Holiday season at the Palace Theater (NY, NY), Vanessa's One-Woman Show and "Live by Request on A&E". He has also performed at Carnage Hall and several White House Events. He is currently working on a series of Instructional DVD's. These will teach bass guitar, workshops for singers, Recording Producers and Recording Studio Technique. Chuck Rainey is assisting in this project. Al performed on the television show "The Bachelorette", at the Cotton Club in Harlem. Al recently returned from a performance for the President of Egypt and a 3-week tour of the "Blue Note Jazz Clubs" in Japan. This fall Al performed with Vanessa Williams in Shanghai China for the Special Olympics. He performed the theme song written by Quincy Jones. Vanessa Williams , Quincy Jones and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were presented with awards for this wonderful event. Al is releasing several new cd's in 2008. He's planning to tour with the Travelin Black Hillbilly's and his Jazz project "Spankalisious". He also has a Hendrix type project named "Show me a Sign". Al Caldwell's music is available on Apple I-tunes, Wal-Mart and CDBaby Visit Online: www.myspace.com/bassbooty www.myspace.com/alcaldwellandthetravelinblackhillbillys www.myspace.com/asign www.myspace.com/bassbooty www.tbhillbilly.com www.9stringbass.com Endorsements: Radial Tonebone/ Deering Banjos/ Madison Speakers/ Lizard Spit Guitar Polish/ Jorg Schroeder/ S.I.T. Strings/ Garry Goodman Strings Al Caldwell Performances: The White House Carnage Hall Madison Square Garden HollyWood Bowl Savis Center Atlanta Stadium Tour of Europe 4 times Tour of Japan 4 times Tour of South America 1 Tour of South Africa 1 Television Performances: The Tonight Show David Letterman Oprah Rosie A&E Christmas Special PBS White House Memorial Special Performed With: Vanessa Williams Vicky Winans Earth Wind and Fire Luther Vandross Phyllis Hyman Chuck Mangione Chris Botti Jonathan Butler Heather Hedley Stanley Turrentin Oliver Sain Albert King Johnny Kemp George Benson Brian McNight Glenn Jones Greg Howe Shirley Brown Dallas Symphony St.Louis Symphony New York Pops Symphony Washinton National Symphony London Philharmonic Symphony
Yves Carbonne was born may 23, 1967 in Auch (Gers - south of France), and grew up close to Bordeaux. His parents were not musicians, but gave him piano lessons when he was 7. Carbonne has been always attracted to low sounds. As he watched his older brother playing guitar, he wanted to play with him. As a result, he began playing electric bass at 13, and upright at 15. He was at first an autodidact, then he took lessons with Alain Caron and Dominique Di Piazza. Carbonne has been a professional musician since the age of 17. Some of his first influences were Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius and John Coltrane. As a pioneer in electric bass development, in 2002 Carbonne started tuning his bass to one octave below standard, and called this new instrument "sub-bass". When tuning his ERBS to "sub-bass", this would translate as follows: 8 & 10 sub-basses have a low E one octave below the low E on a standard 4 string bass, and his 12 string sub-bass has a low B one octave below low B on a 5 string or 6 string standard bass. Carbonne is currently the only bassist in the world who plays 10 and 12 string fretless sub-basses. These models, Legend X YC and Legend XII YC, were built by master luthier from Barcelona, Jerzy Drozd. The 12 uses a new Labella B string (tuned at 15,4 hertz)! Carbonne's first CD is called "Seven Waves". It is a bass & voice project, with singer Guillaume Eyango. This project also includes: Michael Manring, US solo bassist, Roger Biwandu, drums (Joe Zawinul, Salif Keita), Laurent Maur, harmonica and Antony Breyer, drums. "Seven Waves" is an original mix of soul, jazz, funk and new age, with an unusual use of bass and sub-bass guitars. "Seven Waves" is a very melodic album, and enjoyable for music lovers of all types, not just musicians. "The most important thing for me in music is to transmit your emotions, not just your ability to play an instrument", says Carbonne. Carbonne also recorded a bass trio album in 2005 with Michael Manring and Dominique Di Piazza, titled "Carbonne – Di Piazza - Manring". Carbonne is available in the following capacities: - Solo artist - Session bassist and sub-bassist - Composer - Arranger - Improviser - Master class instructor Carbonne has played with (not limited to): Patrick Amar, Patrick Auzier, Claude Barthelemy, Jean Baudin, Camélia Ben Naceur, Roger Biwandu, Mao Blanc, Jean Bonal, Bruno Bongarçon, Freddy Bournane, Francis Bourrec, Bernard Branquard, Antony Breyer, Uri Caine, Christopher "C3" Cardone, Bertrand Cantat, Gregory Bruce Campbell, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Alain Caron, Edo Castro, Denis Charolles, Mickey Chauviere, Bruno Chevillon, Manu Codjia, François Corneloup, Larry Corryel, Brenda Della Valle, Sébastien Demeaux, Stephane Deriau Reine, Jacques Di Donato, Dominique Di Piazza, Philippe Drouillard, Jean-Marie Ecay, Thierry Eliez, Guillaume Eyango, Hadrien Feraud, Frédéric Favarel, Glenn Ferris, Nicolas Filiatreau, Lionel Fortin, Arnaud Fusté, Andrew Gouche, Denis Gouzil, Lisbeth Guldbaek, Fabien Haimovici, Richard Hertel, Antoine Hervé, Marielle et Gaëlle Hervé, Daniel Humair, Olivier Hutman, Jauqo III X, Frédéric Jacquemin, Jef Lee Johnson, Sylvain Kassap, Dave Kikoski, György Kurtag, Francis Lassus, Didier Lelouch, Paco El Lobo, Yoan Loustalot, Bernard Lubat, Sylvain Luc, Michel et Vincent Macias, Francis Marmande, Christian Martinez, Laurent Maur, Bernard Maury, Stew McKinsey, Darren Michaels, André Minvielle, Jean-Yves Moka, Franck Monnet, Christophe Monniot, Serge Moulinier, Hermeto Pascoal, Scott Pazera, Nazaré Pereira, Michel Portal, Guillermo Roatta, Tony Rabeson, Manu Riquier, Yves Robert, Laurent Robin, Yoan Scheidt, Archie Schepp, Rémi Sciuto, Louis Sclavis, Henry Texier, François Thuillier, Rhonny Vantat, Danny Vasnier, Virginia Vee, Didier Verna, Fabrice Viera, Christian Vieussens, Trip Wamsley, Stokley Williams, Jerome Wolf. Carbonne endorses: Jerzy Drozd basses, Noguera basses, AccuGroove cabs, Labella and SIT strings, Peterson tuners. Visit online: www.myspace.com/yvescarbonne www.yvescarbonne.com www.facebook.com/pages/Yves-Carbonne/60430029553
Kevin is a professional bassist living in Southern California. He has been performing around the globe as a sideman as well as teaching in San Diego for the past 10 years. Recognized as a solid groove player and well versed soloist, he is comfortable in a variety of styles, ranging from jazz and world music all the way to funk, pop and rock. Performing over 200 gigs/recording sessions a year; Kevin has been fortunate enough to work with many amazing musicians.
Bass guitar virtuoso BRAD RUSSELL has released his debut solo album Let's Hear It! on STEVE VAT's Digital Nations label. Featuring guitar legend JOE SATRIANI, Let's Hear It! explores musical frontiers where no bassist has gone before! Brad is a true bass hero and his debut CD is a solid sampling of creative cutting edge “lead” rock bass playing. Russell taps, slaps and shreds his four-string bass, sounding more like a six string guitar – fans of BILLY SHEEHAN will not be disappointed. Brad's solos bring to mind Vai and JEFF BECK more than they do other bass players. Along with guitar great Joe Satriani, who joins Russell for a heavy shred fest, drummer GREGG BISSONETTE (DAVID LEE ROTH, Joe Satriani, SANTANA) provides rhythmic genius on all tracks.
Todd Johnson is recognized as a pioneer of the six-string bass. With his Zon signature model six-string bass, Johnson uses an innovative technique where he plays chord changes and bass lines simultaneously, giving him an uniquely rich and fuller sound that proves extremely useful in both solo and small combo work. In addition to his work with the Ron Escheté Trio, Johnson has performed and recorded with other artists, including Kristin Korb, Mike Stern, Jim Martinez, Dave Weckl, Scott Henderson, Barbara Morrison, Plas Johnson, Sam Most, Lew Tabackin, Jack Sheldon, Dewey Erney, Joe LaBarbera, Frank Potenza, Larry Koonse, Kendall Kay, Steve & Jennifer Barnes, Kate Reid, Tierney Sutton, Poncho Sanchez, Mundell Lowe, Paul Humphrey, and Frank Gambale. As a seasoned performing artist, Todd Johnson has developed a rich philosophy encompassing his spiritual, educational and achievement-oriented sides. Johnson sees his talent as a gift from God to continually enhance and develop. Though Johnson dedicates himself largely to performing and recording, he also teaches courses and workshops in a variety of settings. Johnson has taught since 1991 at such notable schools as California Institute of the Arts, Musicians Institute (BIT) and The Masters College, as well as teaching private lessons. His unique style keeps him in demand as a clinician demonstrating his innovative techniques and concepts throughout the U.S. Visit Online: www.toddjohnsonmusic.com
Momo is a multi-platform artist specializing in music creation & production, not only as a bass player (38 years) but a multi-instrumentalist and awarded songwriter. You can find him online at Themomozone.com and Crimomedia.com
Canadian bassist Alain Caron's musical career began at the early age of 11 and he soon discovered the music which would become his life's passion - jazz. In the early 70s he moved to Montreal and started doing extensive studio work and played in every jazz club around town. The self-taught musician took correspondence courses, and eventually , journeyed south to attend Berkley College of Music. While in Boston, he was quickly introduced to some outstanding young musicians, co-students, as well as, seasoned well established professional jazzman. Soon performing nightly, in the Boston area, with David Kikovsky, Tom Harrell, Sal Nestico, Frank Tiberi, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, to name a few. Opportunity knocked in 1977 when he met the Michel Cusson Group. Caron found himself in the company of like-minded musicians - who could appreciate jazz and its origins, as well as looking ahead to the future. They emerged in the early 1980s with Quebecois fusion group UZEB. Gradually the group evolved into a mature outfit, interested in intelligent fusion-impressive but always musical. By the time Noisy Night (Avant Garde, Nova Record in USA, 1988) and the outstanding swan song?, World Tour '90 (Cream Record, 1990) was released, it was clear UZEB had achieved great stature and respect amongst it's piers. Recognised by Down Beat magazine as one of the best electric jazz bands of the decade, the group received nine Felix Awards - Best Jazz Album (1983-84-86-87-90-91), Best Group (1984-89), and Most Recognised Artist Abroad (1990), a Gemini Award For Best Original Score (1989), a SOCAN Award, and the Oscar Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award (1991). With UZEB Alain, recorded ten albums and found himself on extended world tours. 1980-90 UZEB: ¨Live in Bracknell¨ (1981); ¨Fast Emotion¨ (1982); ¨You be Easy ¨(1984); ¨Between the Lines¨ (1985); ¨Live à l'Olympia¨ Paris(1986); ¨Absolutely Live¨ (1986); featuring Didier Lockwood, Noisy Nights (1988); ¨Live in Europe¨ (1988); ¨UZEB Club¨ (1989); ¨World Tour '90¨ (1990) Caron soon developed a reputation as a master electric bass player, a virtuoso on the 6-string bass guitar. Not surprisingly, as he became increasingly well known, Caron taught master classes in most of the world's major cities, including Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Geneva, Frankfurt. In 1992, he produced the first of his numerous solo albums to date ¨Le Band¨. He quickly embarked on a tour of the States, Europe and Canada with the Mike Stern Trio. USA, Germany and France with the Leni Stern Band. Performed a series of concerts in Canada for the release of "Le Band. followed with a European tour . Performed to a sellout audiences at the Spectrum de Montreal as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Concerts with the CARON-ECAY-LOCKWOOD trio in Europe, Canada, Korea and China. Following in 1995 with the release of ¨Rythym And Jazz¨, (American magazine Bass Player ranked Alain Caron fourth among its Top 10 bassists in 1996) ¨Play¨ was releasedin 1997, (Bass Player magazine ranked Alain Caron's "Play" one of the ten best bass albums of the decade.) ¨Call Me Al¨ followedin 2000. Along the way, recording numerous albums with friends, always maintaining his feverish touring pace. ¨His latest release, ¨5¨, makes no bones about Caron's inestimable talent on electric and acoustic bass, but this album is as much a showcase for Caron the writer and orchestrator as it is Caron the player.¨ (John Kellman. All-About-Jazz.com) This album fully delves into Caron`s appreciation for Electronica. Incorporating slick loops, clubby, vibe-y textures to human sense and phenomenal performances. Caron has always managed to create his own sound. His use of the Roland V-bass processor on this record, to sound like a bass horn, proves him to be a richly lyrical player, where the space between the notes is of equal importance. There's an atmospheric quality to much of Caron's writing on this record. But equally, groove and chops predominates. ¨5¨ is the kind of album that makes the leader's instrument clear. Caron puts the music front and center. Visit Online: www.alaincaron.com
Having participated on well over 1,000 albums, Dennis Moody has established himself at the top of his field. He is highly regarded in the international music scene as a skilled and versatile engineer and producer. He has proven his ability to make great records, having worked on projects involving such artists as Al Jarreau & George Benson, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Clint Eastwood, Ron Wood, Peabo Bryson, Will Downing, The Winans, Dave Weckl, George Duke, T Bone Burnett, Los Straitjackets, Jose Feliciano, Thelma Houston, Diana Ross, Miles Davis, The Tempations, Missy Elliot, Euge Groove, Manhattan Transfer, Keiko Matsui, Teena Marie, Vicki Carr, Jennifer Warnes, Marcus Miller featuring Corinne Bailey Rae, Boney James, The Gap Band, Aerosmith, Mick Taylor, The Commodores, Smokey Robinson, Chevy Chase and more. His production skills have helped launch the careers of many outstanding artists including internationally renowned jazz flutist James Newton, and from Frank Zappa fame; the legendary Fowler Brothers. He has also produced projects for such critically acclaimed groups as Spindrift, Kristin King, three time L.A. Weekly Music Award winner Cory Wilkins, Prince Robinson, 24Black, Kyle Eastwood, Fur & Steve, Carrie Hamilton, Rotondi, The Dimebox Band, and L.A. jazz favorite Elliott Caine. He also had a number one hit in the eastern European dance market with Petia and the song "Mirage". Moody is recognized as one of the industry's premier drum engineers. Currently drummers Dave Weckl, Michael White, and Ricky Lawson are regular clients of his. In addition, he has worked with Dennis Chambers, Steve Farrone, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Parcaro, Gary Novak, Gregg Bissonette, Alex Acuna, Chad Wackerman, Danny Carey, Tom Brechlein, Airto, Will Kennedy, Harvey Mason, Chester Thompson, Bernard Purdie, Gerry Brown, James Gadson, Tris Imboden, Melvin Webb, Oscar Seaton, Joey Heredia, Bill Stewart, Johnny Vatos, Sheila E, Joe La Barbera and more. If you want a "slammin" drum sound along with great sounding tracks, he's the one to call! Visit Online: www.dennismoodymusic.com
Alex Lofoco is a native Itailan musician based in the UK. As a relative newcomer to the London music scene, he is already surprisingly established. As a bass player Alex possesses an enviable combination of agility, taste, groove and power, and it is no surprise that his claim to professional status has been quickly recognised. He works as a session player for many bands in live, studio and in theatre. Alex is also a clinician as he holds masterclasses in UK and Europe demonstrating advanced techniques such as “double thumbing” and “two-hand-tapping”. He is registered at the Registry of Guitar Tutors and collaborates with Jazzitalia.net and Bass Musician Magazine. Alex uses: Hartke www.hartke.com, www.ekomusicgroup.com/viewdoc.asp?co_id=81791 Rotosound strings www.rotosound.com Evidence Audio www.evidenceaudio.com Hipshot www.hipshotproducts.com And is a proud endorsee of EMG Alex collaborated with a number of UK artists since moving to London including rock singer-songwriter David Vaughan, pop artist Vall and the Rockers Emerald whose song “Master I Am” appeared on BBC Master Snooker Tournament as main theme tune in January 2010. www.alexlofoco.com www.myspace.com/alexlofoco For any question about lessons and educational material you can contact Alex at [email protected]
Darren Frate has been playing bass for more than 35 years, including 15 as a teacher. Frate, who majored in film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, specializes in electric bass, music theory and ensembles. He has toured and played with a variety of national acts, including Herman’s Hermits (“I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am”), Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers (“Ramblin’ Man”), Gary Lewis and the Playboys (“This Diamond Ring”), Mitch Ryder (“Devil With a Blue Dress On”), Ian Hunter (“Cleveland Rocks”), Gerald Levert (“Casanova”), and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Frate has also recorded several CDs with his own folk and jazz groups. The latest release by his current group, Velvet Voyage, features legendary jazz guitarist Mike Stern, known for his work with Miles Davis.
BehindtheNotes.com is a web site that features video documentaries of some of the worlds most respected and renowned musicians giving live performances and discussing how they approach the creative process of making music. As well as Bass Players you will also find Drummers, Guitarists, Singer/Songwriters, Djs, Keyboard and Brass Players. Despite the differing genres and instruments there are many common elements that these great players share and discuss during their documentary. You are able to see first hand why they are held in such high regard in their respective fields. The content on Behind the Notes is designed for an audience of musicians and music enthusiasts who are interested in seeing first hand how great musicians approach the creative process. "It's like when all the notes are right, but then there's just something else, cause if it was just about the notes – anybody can play the notes" – Branford Marsalis Visit Online: www.behindthenotes.com
Born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Michael is a North California based music professional with recording, touring and teaching experience who specializes in Caribbean music. Along with many years in the Bay Area salsa club scene, Mike's performance highlights include numerous jazz festivals and latin music concerts as well as a European and West-Southwest US tour with a Spanish ska-soul band. Now focused on original music projects and production, Mike is working in collaboration with international timba (contemporary Cuban dance music) artists. Email him at: michael [at] timba.com. AFFILIATIONS AIMP Association of Independent Music Publishers ASCAP registered writer & publisher BMI registered publisher IMDB Pro http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm3127014/resume NALAC National Association of Latino Arts & Culture NALIP National Association of Latino Independent Producers NAMM National Association of Music Merchants NARAS & LARAS voting member of the Grammy Awards NARIP National Association of Recording Industry Professionals Currently the Advanced Bass Instructor at Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz, California, as an educator he is dedicated to the traditions of afro-Caribbean and folkloric music. At Sylvan, Mike offers two fields of study: Comprehensive Bass Instruction (all styles, technique, theory, reading and rhythm) and Beginning to Intermediate Rhythm and Latin Percussion (polyrhythmic studies, Latin beats). Visit Online: www.puracepa.com www.teamtimba.com www.latinmusicmastering.com
Franz Vitulli is a bass player, music teacher, and digital marketing, social media and all other 2.0 thingies expert. He has been playing since he was 15 and has built a significant experience gigging as a sideman with several pop-rock artists, bands and singers/songwriters. He graduated with a professional diploma at the italian renowned academy “Fonderia delle Arti”, studying with the some of the most respected and esteemed players in the Rome area, and attended a summer program with Berklee College of Music at the Umbria Jazz Festival, where he has been lucky enough to study with the great Oscar Stagnaro.He proudly uses Mayones basses, Markbass amps and TC Electronic, EBS, Electro Harmonix and Jad&Frèer stomp boxes.
Paul McBride has been playing bass for 16+ years and brings a unique approach to the bass playing world with his own unique sound and style. Predominantly self-taught, you can hear the passionate identity within his playing throughout any musical endeavor. Whether it be performing, touring, studio work or instructional lessons, there is no stone left unturned stylistically. Paul’s progressive, forward-thinking mentality behind the bass gives him an original voice all his own that cannot be denied. Paul has toured in support of bands such as: Emmure, Fear Factory, My Bitter End, The Bloodline, Implosive Disgorgence & more! In 2014 Paul joined forces with fellow Miamian’s “The Killing Hours”, a titanic progressive metal force with their own set of outside-of-the-box ideals. Their newest album “I, Catharsis” was self-released in October 2015 to much critical acclaim. As a contributor to BMM Paul strives to make bass players and musicians of the like look at their instruments differently, and ignite a spark within the reader that may not have been foreseen otherwise. Paul McBride is an Official Spector artist and uses ONLY Spector basses.
At the age of 6 years he began playing the Cello. After 10 years of Cello lessons and a 2-year stay at the State Music High School Montabaur, he put the Cello aside and picked up the electric Bass. After he gained his first experience in Rock / Metal Bands, he discovered the Jazz / Funk / Fusion Music for himself and decided to apply for Jazz studies at the Hochschule für Musik Saar. Then he started playing the Bass in many formations in the Saarland and beyond. This was followed by appearances at the Jazz Rally Dusseldorf , at the North Sea Jazz Festival and with the Orchestra of the Saarland State Theatre. He was also hired as a support act for Pee Wee Ellis, Kyle Eastwood, Ali Haurand quintet, etc. His teachers include: Kai Eckhardt, Stefan Scheib and Marius Goldhammer. Simon's most played Basses include his Hot Wire Fretless Bass and his Fender 75 ' Vintage Jazz Bass . He preferably plays his Markbass Mini CMD 15 " Amp, DR Strings and Vovox Cable.
Raised on the sounds of classical and jazz piano in Bowling Green, Ohio, Mike Pope's musical development began as a pianist at age 7. Through his brother, Pope discovered the electric bass, and by age 12, he began emulating the lines of Jaco Pastorius. Just a couple years later, with the encouragement of his teacher, Jeff Halsey, Pope began studying the acoustic upright. In his mid-teens, he received permission from his dad, a concert pianist and instructor at Bowling Green State University, to participate in the school's lab bands and to also continue acquiring live performance experience while gigging at the local jazz clubs.After high school, Pope completed his degree in jazz studies performance through the tradition of North Texas State University's prestigious jazz program. He then moved to Los Angeles for a short time before relocating to New York City on the recommendation of Michael Brecker where he immersed himself in the eclectic musical landscape and soon became distinguished for his reputation on both acoustic upright and electric bass.Since 1993, Pope has become a fixture on the New York jazz scene. He has performed or recorded with some of the world's most venerated musicians including Michael and Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Joe Locke, Chuck Loeb, Steve Smith, and Jeff "Tain" Watts to name just a few.Over the past couple of years, Pope has expanded his credits by touring internationally as a member of several high-profile projects including Chick Corea's Elektric Band, David Sanborn, The Manhattan Transfer, and Bill Bruford's Earthworks.Under his own name, Pope has merged his precise technical command of acoustic upright and electric bass with his composing and arranging skills on two projects, Walk Your Dogma (1997) and The Lay Of The Land (2002).An in-demand educator, Pope provides instruction worldwide through clinics and his own jazz camp. He has appeared as a special guest artist at events such as Steve Bailey's Bass At The Beach, Victor Wooten's Bass/Nature Camp, Bass Day, and Euro Bass Day alongside bass titans Matthew Garrison and Dominique Di Piazza. Pope is also a former faculty member of the Bass Collective.In addition to his tremendous talent as a bassist, Pope has contributed to the design and fabrication of various electronic devices for bass. Amongst his inventions, Pope has devised a proprietary preamp circuit that is used in Fodera basses, a compressor sold by Fodera, and he also builds customized preamps, as requested, for individuals.Visit Online:www.mikepopejazz.com
Maureen Pandos is a luthier in Portland, Oregon where she owns and operates MDP Bass Works: A violin shop specializing in the Double Bass. Ms. Pandos is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where she studied classical performance under the late Homer Mensch. She did her formal violin making apprenticeship under Jack Havivi of Havivi Violins, NYC. Upon moving to Portland, Oregon in 2001 she procured a position with Schuback Violin Shop before opening MDP Bass Works in 2004.
Photo: "Chance lets loose in the front show room of Fearless Guitars"Chance is the owner of Fearless Guitars in Portland, OR. Nearing its second birthday, Fearless Guitars is thriving and has settled into being one part boutique, one part high-end tone counseling and hot rod shop, and one part tone lab.Chance spends most of his time at his bench or in consultation with clients trying to achieve their ultimate tones. The shop specializes in high-end U.S.- and European-made products, as well as having a niche in '70s and '80s Japanese instruments. Some of our featured lines are: Delano pickups, Audere preamps, Bergantino cabinets, Modulus basses, and the Demeter line. We also handpick used gear of similar quality and distinctiveness.Chance Walte is a seeker, questioner and tireless experimenter. For more than twenty years he has utilized various guitars and basses as the tools to study organized sound. From birdsong to Bach he has listened with a loving ear and tried to respond to the music all around him. Over many years he recorded the modifications to the tuning, setup and construction of the instruments at his disposal, using the same three songs for control. This enabled him to become very familiar with the variables involved in sculpting a tone.Running parallel to this private study was a public life of club gigs, teaching, tech work, retail sales and purchasing. The more time he spent working with students and clients to help them find their own tones and learn to express themselves, the more rewarding this service became to him. At this time he began a series of full immersion programs at several respected schools of luthiery. Eventually he stopped performing regularly and began to focus on his writing, experimenting, tech work and teaching.After spending several years at a pro shop in a major market, he started to formulate a plan for a shop of his own. The time spent as a buyer going to trade shows and touring factories helped hone his understanding of the industry. His plan was for a small, full-service shop dedicated to high-quality gear and personal attention to the customers' needs. After time spent in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Austin, he opened Fearless Guitars in Portland, Oregon, in 2005.Visit Online:www.fearlessguitars.comwww.myspace.com/fearlessguitars
Hailed by many as the world's leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of whatís possible on the bass guitar for over two decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners. As editor Tom Darter wrote in Keyboard magazine after seeing one of Michael's solo concerts, "Forget his astounding technique and musicality; forget his absolute command of his instruments; forget how seamlessly the musical ideas and the performance of them were wedded together... The enlightenment came most from feeling (seeing, hearing) the joy Michael felt to be playing... his brand of transcendental chops and musical understanding... was all in the service of the final outcome, the joy of making music." Building on the conceptions of his teacher, the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael has developed a new approach to the instrument that includes unorthodox tunings, techniques and methodologies. He has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings as a session musician and thousands of concerts throughout the world. Michael has worked with a surprisingly diverse collection of musicians from New Age keyboardist Suzanne Ciani to avant-improv guitar innovator Henry Kaiser to celebrated folk troubadour John Gorka to experimental post-metal rockers Tim Alexander (Primus) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) to electro-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby. His long-term collaboration and close friendship with the late acoustic guitar genius Michael Hedges led to a lengthy stint as house bassist for Windham Hill Records; a label for whom he also worked as a solo artist, releasing four recordings under his own name: Unusual Weather (1986), Toward the Center of the Night (1989), Drastic Measures (1991) and Thonk (1994). These, along with his 1998 release The Book of Flame on the Alchemy record label earned him an international reputation as "a master of the fretless bass without rival." (Guitar Club Magazine, Italy). He has garnered two gold records, Grammy and Bammie nominations, a Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Just Plain Folks Awards and numerous Bass Player Magazine Reader's Poll awards including 1994 Bassist of the Year. He was also the subject of a recent PBS TV documentary, The Artist's Profile: Michael Manring. In his solo concerts Michael weaves together his musical influences into a tapestry rich with expression, virtuosity, humor and meaning. As one writer put it, "Michael Manring can do more with a bass than even the most creative individual could imagine" (L. Pierce Carson, Napa Valley Register). His newest release Soliloquy, performed entirely solo without overdubs, is the best recorded example yet of that depth and diversity. Using a variety of bass guitars and the far-reaching, innovative approaches he is renowned for, with Enhanced CD content including Michael is extensive 24-page liner notes detailing the composing and recording process, photos and live performance videos, Soliloquy takes the listener on a unique musical journey. We hope you'll follow the advice of France's Musicien magazine: "Do not miss your next opportunity to discover the bassist with the most fresh and inventive playing today."
Mikel Combs is a versatile acoustic and electric bassist currently living and working in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. He received a BM and MM (fall 2009) in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. He has performed extensively in New York, LA, throughout the Midwest, and, naturally, the D/FW metroplex. Mikel has recorded, performed, and appeared with nationally known artists such as Rodney Holmes, Keith Carlock, Jimi Tunnell, Allan Holdsworth, Mario Cruz, Lynn Seaton, Wayne Delano, Dennis Durick (Dave Liebman), Chris Potter, Bruce Foreman, Steve Davis, Ari Hoenig, Chad Wackerman, and Ronald Shannon Jackson. He has studied with Lynn Seaton, Jeff Andrews, Jeff Bradetich, Mike Pope, Drew Gress, and Jimmy Charlsen (Carl Filipiak, Dennis Chambers). His strengths as a musician draw from his 20 year experience as a bassist, pedagogue, and academic. His plans for the remainder of 2009 are: to finish his book, which concentrates of the expansion of the electric bass within the jazz tradition, and record his first album as a leader. Mikel's plans for the next year are focused on two major decisions: 1) Enroll in the progressive Eastman College of Music's jazz studies program for a DMA in composition and performance, and 2) Moving to Helsinki, Finland. Visit Online:www.reverbnation.com/mikelcombs
Mark Wright is the manager and designer of AccuGroove Speaker Cabinets & Amps. He started playing bass in 1970 in an originals rock band while the last 37 years has seen him play in a variety of settings from rock, pop, contemporary Christian and jazz fusion. Comfortable on both fretted and fretless, he employs everything from 4 to 6 string custom instruments. Unsatisfied with the gear on the market, he set off on a personal mission to solve this dilemma. After 2 years of R&D testing 1,200 speakers, the project reached a crescendo with the birth of a 4-way design speaker cabinet. (El Whappo) This eventually turned into a company, AccuGroove, which continues to have the same intense passion for no compromise perfection in custom crafting solutions for bass players. This includes their new Synergy amplifier. Visit Online: www.myspace.com/accugroove www.myspace.com/markwrightbass www.accugroove.com
Keiko Gutierrez is a Canadian student of the bass, currently living in Hamilton, Ontario. She left a successful corporate IT career to focus on her passion for music. Having decided to return to school, Keiko is now pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Music Cognition. She is the Bass player for the Toronto band, Paint paintband.com. She also has a radio show that features the Bass player called "Out of the Bassment"? on 93.3 CFMU, cfmu.msumcmaster.ca
Bob Considine began playing bass in high school and then went to one of the greatest jazz colleges in the country...to study journalism. The result has been a 15-year-career that has seen him profile the likes of Donald Trump, Michael Jordan, Robin Quivers and Pete Dawkins and cover everything topic from the decline of music studios to nudist colonies for the Gannett Newspaper chain (including USA Today), MSNBC.com, NBA.com and currently the Newark Star-Ledger (N.J.). When he's away from the keyboard, Considine finds himself in his home music studio reveling in his self-indulgence and the opportunity to create something that can be heard instead of read.
PW Farrell is a solo artist, session musician, producer/composer and teacher. He is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Bachelor of Music – Jazz Performance) and the Victorian College of the Arts (Graduate Diploma of Performance). He has toured internationally with artists such as Jetty Road (critically acclaimed Australian country music act), appeared on television with the likes of Jessica Mauboy (Australian Idol) and slugged it out in clubs, ships, hotels, cafes, bars and concert halls. In 2011 he released his critically acclaimed debut album 'The Life Electric' which is available on iTunes itunes.apple.com/au/album/the-life-electric/id438248330) and Bandcamp pwfarrell.bandcamp.com.
Born in 1993 in Lima, Peru, Iván decided to pick up the bass after attending an Iron Maiden tribute show and hearing the massive low end of an electric bass being played live.After finishing high school in 2010, he decided to pursue a career in music and studied under the wing of several great musicians from the local scene in Lima. In 2013 Iván relocated to Germany and is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony. Some of his mentors so far include: Joscha Oetz, Noel Marambio, Torsten “HazE” Haas, Marius Goldhammer, Jürgen Knautz, Matías Recharte and Javier Perez-Saco, among others.Aside from working as a freelance musician, he is also the bass players and composer for the Reggae band “Blazin’ Vibez” (www.facebook.com/BlazinVibezMusic) and Heavy Metal band “Chasing The Serpent” (www.chasingtheserpent.de)Iván proudly uses Xotic and Lakland basses, Gallien Krueger amps, Darkglass Electronics effects, GruvGear straps/fretwraps and Reunion Blues cases.
A guitarist, bandleader, and former architect, Harvey Citron has been building guitars, basses, and pickups since 1974. He co-founded Veillette-Citron in 1975, and during that partnership’s eight years built some of the finest handcrafted electric guitars, basses, and baritone guitars. As an independent luthier, he designed the Guild X/92 Breakaway guitar, and was a frequent reviewer for Guitar Player, Bass Player, and Guitar World magazines. His Basic Guitar Set-Up and Repair instructional video is available from Homespun Tapes. He has been building Citron guitars and basses in his shop in Woodstock, NY since 1994, with a focus on his unique hollow models. “I’m a designer first and foremost. My life as a builder of guitars and basses has been a quest for discovering new palettes of sound from which my customers can express themselves.” —Harvey Citron Harvey Citron’s philosophy of instrument making comes from years as a guitarist, luthier, and designer. “I strive to continually improve and create new designs, and build guitars and basses for my customers with the intention of providing inspiration, such that something new and wonderful emerges that wasn’t there before. I am constantly trying different approaches to body design, materials, degrees of hollowness, electronics, and pickup design, looking for new tone. My hope is that when a player picks up one of my instruments that it makes magic in their hands, allowing their vision to be fully realized.”
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bentura Madrid is a self taught musician. Although he plays a few instruments, his favorite is Bass. Bentura has been playing music since he was 15 years old, has toured with bands, and launched his company, Digital Bird Music Nest, in 2016. He is also a professional ballroom dancer by day and runs his YouTube channel @digitalbirdabq1 on his spare time. Music is Bentura’s passion and he hopes to deliver good, quality content for you all to enjoy! digitalbirdabq.com [email protected]
Steve Adelson is one of the premier Chapman Stick players in the world. He has played to enthusiastic audiences worldwide including Istanbul, Tokyo, Montreal, Kauai, Montreal and all over the U.S.He has five recordings as a leader with all star supporting musicians including Larry Coryell, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Dean Brown and Chieli Minucci.Steve has also performed with legends Les Paul, Stanley Jordan, Danny Gottlieb, Jeff Berlin and countless others. He has five recordings as a leader. Mel Bay Publications released Mr. Adelson's Stick method book/DVD titled "Stickology, A Guide To Playing The Chapman Stick". And TrueFire Video offers Steve's 2DVD tutorial "Ultimate Stick". Mr. Adelson has written for Twentieth Century Guitar magazine as well as DownBeat and JazzImprov. He owns The Guitar Workshop music School in Brooklyn, NY. Steve also is producer of The Long Beach (NY) Jazz Festival.Visit online at:www.steveadelson.comwww.longbeachjazzfest.comwww.stick.com
Vail Johnson is a solo artist and bassist most well know for his work with Kenny G since 1986. Vail grew up in Seattle, WA youngest of 6 boys in a musical family. He started on trumpet in 4th grade and added bass guitar in 9th. Played in school and in garage bands seemingly endlessly, often practicing 6 hours a day. The summer after high school, Vail joined two of his brothers in a Bluegrass/ Dixieland band and played a Seattle bar for a number of years. Another 10 years traveling playing on cover bands led to an opportunity with Kenny G in 1986. Vail then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a more 'lucrative' music career and had been there ever since. Tons of live shows and recording followed with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Nicks, Michael Bolton, James Ingram and lots more. Vail has added his funk and hard edged groove as trademarks along with the melodic, flowing style he uses on much of Kenny G's music. Vail has released his fourth solo CD this year, 'Come Together', a collection of his favorite Beatles songs. He leads the all- star rhythm section on his Kubicki's, as well as engineering and mastering in his Woodland Hills studio 'Viking Recorders'. Vail is engineering and mixing outside projects, the most recent by Ron Powell, percussionist extraordinaire. He is also branching out into Nashville as a second home. His new website 'vailbasstracks.com' is about recording over the internet. Visit Online: vailjohnson.net vailbasstracks.com
Currently working on several projects in London and Milan, Manuel Pino is a italian-venezuelan bass player with over ten years of live and studio experience. Classically trained in double bass (conservatory degree in classical music performance) Manuel has also honed his skills as an electric bass player in Italy's diverse and challenging music scene. His collaborations range from award-winning songwriters to funk-fusion guitar driven quartets, jazz big bands to alternative hip hop artists. As a teacher and educator Manuel has made a name for himself combining solid and time tested musical concepts with a deep understanding of how the brain works in realtion to music and emotions. His private lessons are addressed to beginner, intermediate and advanced players seriously interested in improving their bass playing and general musicianship. Visit Online:www.myspace.com/manuelpinowww.myspace.com/manuelpino
Bill Dickens is a phenomenal bass talent whose reputation has reached legendary cult status. As one of the top session bassist in the world, Bill can be heard on numerous recordings as well as seen live on tour with many legendary artists. For the past two decades Bill Dickens has been recognized as an extraordinary bassist, producer, and songwriter. His musical contributions can be noted from concert and studio performances to television and the theater. He has played with an endless who's who of musicians, including Joe Zawinul, Janet Jackson, Grover Washington, Chaka Kahn, George Michael, Mary J. Blige, and Pat Metheny. Bill has also written gold and #1 hits for such greats as Aretha Franklin and Ramsey Lewis. Bill has kept audiences on the edge of their seats since the 80's with his uncanny technical ability, playing anything from the heaviest funk grooves to unaccompanied melodic ballads on his seven or nine string basses. He is always a main attraction at the NAMM Shows. He is known in the industry for his spectacular bass playing and wows audiences worldwide. Bill is one of the worlds acknowledged masters of the bass, and a pioneer in percussive slapping, popping, tapping, and plucking techniques. The total essence of his playing is a jaw- dropping display of chops and technique that will set a new standard for bass players all over the world over. Visit Online: www.billthebuddhadickens.com
The world knows Oteil Burbridge as the Allman Bros.' bassist and as a founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit. In recent years, Oteil and the Peacemakers have brought more attention to Oteil's skills as a leader in his own right. Visit Online:www.oteilburbridge.comwww.myspace.com/oteilburbridge
Chris Metaxas joins the BMM staff representing the voice of the readers and the “average players” who just love everything about the bass. He comes to BMM with a passion and connection to those who make a difference in our world of bass and is starting off a new forum called: Local Heroes of Bass. “I’m thrilled to be hosting this new forum for the BMM community where members can start talking about who has made a difference in their bass lives and the impact these people have in the communities they make their own.” Chris’ experience with the Bass resembles the majority of this community. With his roots started in high school orchestra, jazz band, and local rock/fusion bands, Chris has gone full circle and is able to pick up where he left off to continue his love for the bass by playing, learning and collecting. Chris comes to BMM from Roslyn, NY and spends his working days in the digital marketing and Identity management business. You can catch him having fun playing with his band RockSteady.
Laura Greenberg is a bassist from Ottawa, Canada and plays for internationally touring blues act JW-Jones. She has performed in fifteen countries, and opened for George Thorogood, Johnny Winter, & Jimmie Vaughan. Laura played on Jones’ eighth studio release “Belmont Boulevard”, produced by Grammy award winner Tom Hambridge, which earned two national award nominations including Blues Album of the Year at the JUNOS. She also performed on his latest album “High Temperature”, produced by Colin Linden, and debuted at #8 on the Billboard charts. Laura has been playing music for fifteen years, and holds degrees in music, education, and English. She studied music at Carleton University, where she was awarded the university medal for music. When not on the road, she keeps busy performing with bands in a variety of genres including rock, country, and jazz. Laura proudly endorses Eden Bass Amplification.
Don Campbell is a Northwest blues musician, songwriter, producer and complete knucklehead. He cut his teeth in teen bands in Southern Oregon, before finding his way to Eugene, where he went to school and played rock and roll, country and some weird mix of country/folk before discovering a blues scene that included Robert Cray, Curtis Salgado, DK Stewart, the Cray Band guys (Dover Weinberg, Tom Murphy, Richard Cousins), the Nighthawks (the aforementioned Messr. Salgado and Stewart, Rich Kesey, Frank Spieker, Dave Olson, Jim Cochran), and Bill Rhoades and the Party Kings. His life would never be the same. He also found Joel Foy, Mike Moothart and Johnny Moore (and their record collections), formed a band called the Bluetones, and enjoyed more lost weekends at taverns and bars playing blues than should be legal. After a jam session in Joel's living room with his soon-to-be boss, Paul deLay, Campbell soon moved to Portland to join deLay's band full-time, playing with Jim Mesi, DK Stewart, Paul Jones, and later, replacing DK, Clare Bruce. That took care of the '80s. After both he and DK Stewart left the deLay Band, they began playing as a duo which of course expanded to a trio and soon a quartet. He's recorded some 10 records with Stewart, either in conjunction with the deLay Band or with Stewart solo projects. Campbell left the fold to pursue a writing career (and to pay some bills) before reteaming with DK, drummer Carlton Jackson and guitarist Peter Dammann. A version of that band persists today. Campbell also discovered digital recording, and along with songwriting/producing pal Al Lee, formed Aledonja Music, an excuse to huddle on Thursday nights, do the sometimes questionable things that songwriters and guitar players with microphones and recording equipment and a yen to play too loud tend to do. The result thus far has been composing music for indie filmmaker Kelley Baker's film "Kicking Bird," where they were forced to get in touch with their inner angry redheaded stepsons and write punk music, and compose a ton of uncut instrumentals, soundbed music and artist cuts that they pray will someday bring them some mailbox money so they can buy new Taylor guitars and vintage Fenders. That same pair also wrote a book about breathing. You'll have to ask them for more details on that one. Don is also a freelance writer. Visit Online: www.myspace.com/doncampbellbass www.campbellcommunications.com
Todd Urban works as a freelance bassist, therapist, and educator in the New York City area. He has published several orchestral scores and contributed to a significant number of reputable albums as an instrumentalist as well as a producer. Todd has worked with top jazz artists, classical musicians, and dancers on addressing effortless performance. His writing and teaching of string ergonomics has been published internationally and cited in graduate studies.
Former A&R Rep and Booking Agent in Los Angeles and former Journalist/Editorial Administrator for the Santa Monica Observer, Selina started playing the bass seriously in 2012. Since then, she has played shows across the country and has appeared on three albums: Joey Kline's Rude Is The New Polite, The Music Therapy Experiment's Egg Salad Surgery (a limited beta release) and The Music Therapy Experiment's debut album Make It Home. "The Fox" is a nickname that was given to her to describe the way she plays billiards and it also happens to be her favorite animal.
Austrian Ariane Cap is a multi instrumentalist, educator, author, writer and composer. An eclectic and versatile bassist, she has covered many styles, from Rock (Keith Olsen/Fleetwood Mac), Jazz (Daline Jones, Montclair Women's Big Band) to Folk and Flamenco (Muriel Anderson), to classical music (The Mozart Band), and Top 40 (Brian Cline Band), Latin Disco (Generation Esmeralda) to Punk Rock (The Sippy Cups) and Cirque du Soleil. As a leader, Ariane has teamed up with star Jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson to create the critically acclaimed duo 'OoN'. Ariane has been featured for her creative playing techniques and solid bandmanship in Bass Player Magazine (January 2014), Bassquarterly (September 2013) and other publications, including Bass Musician Magazine.She teaches at the Berkeley Jazz School and is the Director of Step Up Music Vallejo. Ariane has facilitated countless classes, seminars and workshops. She taught and created online classes for the Academy of Art University San Francisco and was on faculty of The Golden Gate Bass Camp. Her own education includes Austrian music schools and conservatories, including the Academy of Music Vienna, as well as American Universities (University of Miami and others). She has studied and assisted in Victor Wooten’s Bass Nature Camps and Steve Bailey’s Bass at the Beach. Other teachers and mentors include Kai Eckhardt, Chuck Rainey and Michael Manring.Her books on improvisation methods and several bass topics are forthcoming, as are the offerings of live video classes on these topics. Photo, Tue Nam Ton TNT Photography
Over the last 3 years, Reggie has expanded his horizons & became a leader. His debut CD; "A Lot of Love, LIVE!" (JammincolorS) is comprised of (2) live trio concerts with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane & drummer Gene Lake and Belgian musicians saxophonist Erwin Vann & drummer Stéphane Galland. The CD has received very positive reviews internationally & accolades from journalists & colleagues worldwide in the music business. It is being played on U.S.A. & European radio (in solid rotation) to touch a wider & more diverse audience. Reggie has toured with his bands playing clubs & concert venues through Europe; (France, Turkey, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium , Switzerland) the U.K., in the U.S.A. performing @ The Blue Note in New York City & performing in festivals like; Audi Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival , Festival Villa Celimontana, Blue Note Records Festival, IG Jazz Festival, Jazz Contreband & Jazz en Nord to very receptive & appreciative audiences. Bass Player Magazine presented him in the August 2007 issue entitled; "The Eternal Internal" written by journalist Bill Milkowski. www.bassplayer.com/story.asp?storycode=19056 Two additional interviews can be found in Jazz Times Magazine ("Overdue Ovation" April '08) & Bass Guitar Magazine. ("The Session Bassist..." March '08) Teaching & passing on knowledge has been an interest & a passion for Regg who gives private instruction, workshops & ensemble classes @ the Conservatory of Music in Antwerpen. Being a featured artist in Bass Day UK '07 with Jeff Berlin, Hadrien Feraud, Bond & Lorenzo Feliciati was a personal highlight in his musical career. This has indeed been a productive & upbeat 3 years for Reggie. His previous track record should speak for itself w/over 20+ years recording, collaborating &/or touring with Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Oliver Lake, Meshell N'degeocello, Ronnie Cuber, Lester Bowie, World Saxophone Quartet, Mike Mainieri & Steps Ahead, Will Smith, M-Base Collective, Ute Lemper, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Uri Caine & Cheick-Tidiane Seck plus performing @ almost EVERY jazz & music festival worldwide w/artists such as: Roy Hargrove, Branford Marsalis, Steve Coleman & Chico Hamilton just to name a few. Reggie was also a participant in Bass Day '97 in NYC with Oteil Burbridge, John Patitucci, Billy Sheehan & Tony Levin. His 3 bands; (Reggie Washington Trio, Washington TRio TRee, Reuben's Bass Choir) showcase his many voices on the acoustic & electric basses. His duo with saxophonist Fabrice Alleman (Randy Brecker, Terrence Blanchard, Kenny Werner) re-interprets the music of Wayne Shorter & John Coltrane. His bass voices fuse many languages of music into one universal sound. This sound transcends any genre. His music represents the cutting edge of jazz today. It's a healthy musical mix paying homage to the forefathers & exploring the craft by journeying down new roads to help pave the way for the future. Reggie Washington is a purist at heart, hungry with new & fresh ideas. "For me; our music must evolve & I feel I'm among a select group of musicians/artists/stylists capable of & dedicated to keeping ALL types of music alive & strong!!" Markbass Endorsee
William Hochberg is a music and media attorney with 25 years of transactional and litigation experience. He has handled matters for some of the world’s greatest artists, songwriters and producers in many genres and also writes about music, law and technology for leading publications. Find out more at www.hochberglaw.com
Joe Fazio is a New Jersey bass player, performer, writer and clinician. Honing his skills in the Tri-state area music scene, he immediately made a name for himself in the local bass community. Playing a multitude of styles and with as many musicians as he could helped to diversify him from other players.Joe wanted to expand his musical knowledge so he enlisted the help of renowned New Jersey teacher, Joe Macaro. Since studying with Macaro, Joe’s been pretty active in the New York scene playing with the likes of New Hope Community Church, Hope Kills Fear, Redeemer’s Cross and EO. In addition to his heavy stage and studio performances, Joe recently started a YouTube channel, Just Bass It, specifically targeted at demoing products he utilizes on a daily basis.
In 1980 he participated in the historic recording of Manos Hadjidakis'(composer of the Oscar- winning score for the famous film "Never on Sunday") "Lilipoupolis", and since then has taken part in numerous recordings by other composers, totaling over 700 albums. He formed the group ISKRA, which was to become the first jazz-fusion group in the country, and he participated in the EUROJAZZ orchestra as the only Greek representative, touring all of Europe. He has 7 CDs as a leader (A New day, Parastasis, Horizon, Amorosa, Stand Art, Echoes and Domino), with the contributions of many Greek and foreign musicians, including Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, Wallace Roney, Lenny White, Brett Garsed, Bob Franceschini and many others. He has given many concerts playing his own music and conducting some of the biggest Greek Orchestras (Radio-Television Orchestra, Greek Radio Big Band, National Orchestra of Greek Music as well as many international ensembles and orchestras) at the "Athens Concert Hall-Megaron" , Lycabettus Theatre, Herodion and the "Pallas Concert Hall". In addition to composing and performing music for movies and theatre, Yiorgos founded the "Art Music School Y.V. Fakanas" where he is supervisor and Artistic Director of the Contemporary Music Department. He has continually taught the electric bass and contemporary theory, and over 600 bass players have studied with him, some of whom have gone on to become outstanding professional musicians. As an author, he has no less than 17 books on electric bass performance and music theory to his credit, which are taught in all Greek conservatories and many abroad. He also founded ATHIN?? LIVE, a club situated in the Art Music School, where he organizes concerts that have featured many well known, world-class musicians. All these artists undertake seminars and private lessons for the students of the Art Music School, establishing it as a true centre for contemporary music studies in Europe. Today Yiorgos Fakanas' own ensemble gives many concerts, and collaborates with the likes of Mike Stern, Frank Gambale, Anthony Jackson, Dave Weckl, Alex Acuna, Bireli Lagrene, Dennis Chambers, Horacio El Negro, Greg Howe, Eric Marienthal, Brett Garsed, Otmaro Ruiz, Barry Finerty, Tony Lakatos, Scott Kinsey, Jeff Richman, Bob Franceschini and many more. Yiorgos is also the publisher of the magazine JAZZ FUSION MOOD, which presents a modern vision for creative music in Greece. "INTERSPIRIT" , his most recent cd, contains music specially composed for Anthony Jackson. He is already recording two new CDs: "MAESTRO", dedicated to the immortal Greek conductor Dimitri Mitropolous, featuring Alex Acuna and Bireli Lagrene, and " ACROBAT", featuring Dennis Chambers.
Freddy Villano is a freelance journalist whose work can be found in Bass Player, Bass Guitar (UK), Guitar World's Bass Guitar, Premier Guitar, Making Music, International Musician, Shindig! and others. He is also a professional bassist and has played with Quiet Riot, Widowmaker (featuring Dee Snider from Twisted Sister), Outliers (w/Earl Slick from David Bowie) and others. He's currently promoting his own band American Mafia: americanmafiaband.com.
Ric Fierabracci has performed, recorded and run the gamut for artists like Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Bill Evans, Frank Gambale, Tom Coster, Andy Summers (with Sting as a special guest) to Pop artists like Jennifer Paige and Euge Groove and has composed music for numerous film and television projects. Visit Online: www.ricfierabracci.com www.myspace.com/ricfierabracci
Derek Jones is a professional bass player from the San Francisco Bay Area now based in Las Vegas where he performs in the Cirque du Soleil show KA. Derek is a proud user of Elixir Strings, MTD Kingston Basses, Thomastik Infeld strings, Accugroove Speaker Cabs, Fishman electronics, Rick Turner Basses, Messa Boogie Amplification, Jim Dunlop picks, MXR pedals and Millennia mic pre's. Derek is also a recording artist for Blue Coast Records.
Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music"More than anything I want students to get to the point—not sometime in the future, not sometime at the end of the week or the semester or their time at Berklee, but even in that moment—to allow themselves to play, not constantly editing it and judging it and controlling it. There's a place for that when we're practicing and learning, but there's got to be a moment where you let yourself play, and I try to have that time in every lesson." "I use a sports analogy all the time. Let's take a great baseball player, Kevin Youkilis. You rarely see him disappoint anybody. But just think of how many times he gets up and practices batting. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of times. What does he do before the game, even when the season's in full spring? He goes to batting practice. Now it's the game. We're in the bottom of the ninth, there are two outs, bases are loaded. Kevin Youkilis comes up. The last thing he wants to think about is his swing. He has to just stand there and trust all of that preparation, that he can react creatively to the next pitch. And that's kind of how we have to play. We have to practice and practice and practice and practice, and now in the moment we have to let everything go and just play." "I graduated from Berklee in '81. I taught here from '86 to '90. Then I taught at a school in Los Angeles for about 10 years. There is no other place that I've experienced where contemporary music is the curriculum. I've been back in Boston for two years now, and the first thing I did was try to find a way to get back into the Berklee community. I was fortunate that last semester they called me and asked me to start teaching in the Bass Department. The college has changed radically, dramatically. The two most obvious things are just the acquirement of property and technology. It used to be just Mass. Ave and the Boylston Street building, now it keeps on extending Berklee tentacles: the Uchida building, Cafe 939.... And we're on the cutting edge of technology. A lot of schools are not there at all." "I crave playing. I would play seven nights a week if I were called to do it. Last Thursday I was called to do an 11-piece soul band in Providence: four horn players, three singers, and a four-piece rhythm section, bass, drums, guitar, and keyboard. They had two books that were like phone books for charts. Every note was written. Which is very challenging for a bass player, to have to read that kind of music on the spot all night long. The next day, I taught a reading lab, and I said to them, 'Don't think this is just an extra credit. This isn't just something you need to do to graduate Berklee. I can guarantee you the better you read the more hirable you are as a bass player.' And I used that night as an example. And because I was able to read, not only will they call me back, but all the guys wanted my card, and they will then call or recommend me. That's just how it works." B.M., Berklee College of Music M.M., New England Conservatory Performances with Buddy Rich, Stevie Wonder, Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule, and Leo Nocentelli Performances on Broadway and T.V. Sideman on numerous albums Contributor to Bass Player Magazine
Jayme Lewis has been working for years as a sideman, an artist and a small business-owner residing in Northern Los Angeles. He is a national touring bassist and studio musician, a record producer, author and music educator. Having discovered the bass guitar at the age of 7, he began to passionately pursue the instrument throughout his youth. After graduating in 2008 from California State University of Northridge with a Bachelor's Degree in Music, Jayme began a career as a sideman in L.A. and has played with numerous artists from around the country, as well as cutting his teeth in the studio tracking cues for Disney and Nickelodeon. In 2012 he began a career as an artist and released his first record, "When Will Then Be Now?" On top of teaching privately at lewismusicacademy.com in Moorpark, CA, Jayme still manages to gig and tour full time, host a bass Podcast, maintain several online businesses and produce artists out of his recording studio, Second Story Studios.
I'm Kenny Butcher a musician, blogger and grace case from Ontairo, Canada! I proudly endorse Gruv Gear, Ashdown Amplifiers and INTEXCables! I started playing guitar when I was 12, but later fell in love with the bass. The bass line to a song is like a finger pint, it's a unique identity and it either makes or breaks a song and that's what I love about it. I have many influences, but some include: John Myung, Norm Stockton, Geddy Lee and James Jamerson, just to name a few.
Live Performance: Michael Bolton, Richard Carpenter, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, David Foster, Kenny G, Art Garfunkle, Rickie Lee Jones, Ivan Milev, Madonna - Virgin Tour and Live Aid, The Rippingtons, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Scott, Timothy Schmit, Pat Sajak Show house band, Stephen Stills, Trio Mopmu Discography / Recording Richard Carpenter, Time Harry Chapin, The Last Protest Singer Pat Coil, Steps Madonna, Love Makes the World Go 'Round (demo) The Rippingtons, Moonlighting The Rippingtons, Kilimanjaro Gerry Schubert, Life in the Moment Various Artists, Best Smooth Jazz Ever Tim Weisberg, Time Traveler Trio Mopmu, Torta Bulgarska Mark Winkler, Hottest Night of the Year Hundreds of radio and TV commercials DVD / Video Madonna Virgin Tour (electric bass and keyboard bass) Live Aid (keyboard bass) Slap Bass Program, Video Progressions (electric bass and keyboard, opening cut) Web Interviews Madonna Tribe Madonna Memories Everybody Fan Club Radio Interviews KBSC, Seattle, WA KUSP, Santa Cruz, CA Instruction Musicians Institute, Hollywood Los Angeles Music Academy Private lessons Books Bulgarian & Macedonian Instrumentals, Volume 1 (2002) Bulgarian & Macedonian Instrumentals, Volume 1.5 (2005) Bulgarian & Macedonian Instrumentals & Vocals (2009) Endorsements Gallien-Krueger amps GHS strings Achievement "You sound like a Bulgarian Paul Chambers!" Multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy, with Bela Fleck, Kenny Loggins, and Paul Simon. "The World's Greatest Backwards Singer." Radio personality Dr. Demento, in reference to Bill Lanphier's backwards vocal and arrangement on "New York, New York." Visit Online: www.lanphier.net
Nicole is a music photographer based in Ohio. Her music preference is eclectic, ranging from The Grass Roots to Ramstein, with much in between. So long as it is not country or top 40 (very few exceptions). If it has a prominent bass line and lyrics that resonate with her on some level, she will probably like it. Nicole got into photography as a fluke back in her high school days, while trying to fluff up class schedules with time filler electives. To her surprise she ended up liking it, and it stuck. For over 12 years she has been a hobbyist photographer. For the last five years, she has been doing weddings & portraits professionally. Until this year, at a concert she went to back home in the D.C area, with her Dad, she had never even known about the world of music & concert photography existed. At that show (Foo Fighters) she realized that concert and music photography was a thing, and returned to home on a mission to pursue it. Along the way, figuring this new world out, Nicole also found she likes to do write-up's about some the shows she photographs. Concerts are more than people that know how to put on a good show. There is so much that goes into them, even the most impromptu of gigs, and Nicole loves to capture those split second, moments of vulnerability, where you can see the real person shining through, despite it all. Visit online at columbusshutterbug.com
Born and raised in the city of Chicago, he honed his musical skills as an freelance guitarist and bassist on the city's music scene. From nightclubs to theaters to studio sessions and tours, while performing in various styles of music, Classical to Jazz, Funk to Progressive Rock and World Music, he quickly earned the reputation as one of the best in his field. He has shared the stage with great artists such as: Tower of Power, Wynton Marsalis, BeBe Winans and The Winans Family, Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Horn, Bucky Pizzarelli, Stanley Jordan, Wynton Marsalis and members of the Miles Davis Band. As a recording artist, his music and impeccable technique are consistently described as a "soulful, organic experience". He as written and produced 3 disc. "BLUE" and "TWO" featuring his outstanding guitar work which has been compared to the likes of John Scofield and Carlos Santana. And a solo bass CD titled "Short Stories" which listeners have compared his performance to such bass greats as Marcus Miller, Gary Willis and Jaco Pastorius. As an author he has written 2 instruction books for bass and is currently on staff with online magazines Mel Bay Bass Sessions and Bass Musician Magazine. Visit Online www.kennsmith.com www.myspace.com/kennsmith
Having Turkish-Egyptian family roots and raised in Dubai at the Arabian-Persian Gulf then moving to Cairo at the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, provided a saturation and familiarity with varied cultures. By travelling the world Ahmad has performed more than 5000 concerts, TV shows and workshops in 30 countries and is currently living between Turkey and the U.K.
Thomas Wictor worked as a stevedore, library archivist, conversational English teacher, editor of the world's first online newspaper, voiceover actor, delivery driver, process server, field representative for a document-retrieval service, and music journalist. A former Contributing Editor at Bass Player, he was also a semi-professional bass guitarist in Tokyo. Thomas is the author of five books including, In Cold Sweat: Interviews with Really Scary Musicians (Limelight Editions, 2004).