Bass Musician Contributors
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.
In Nashville since 1997, Ty 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.
By day, Jon's the Assistant Manager of Social Media and Marketing at GHS Strings. By night, he is the first call bassist in SW Michigan for theatre productions, doubling on electric and upright basses, as well as ukulele.
Jaime David Vazquez was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and is a multi-instrumentalist, clinician, composer, arranger, transcriber, studio musician, music educator, freelance and solo artist.
Kilian Duarte is a professional bassist and graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He is the bassist for international touring progressive rock acts Felix Martin, Scale The Summit and many others.
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.
Steve serves as the bass player and assistant band director for the Highlands Fellowship praise band. He also enjoys playing for a wide variety of musical opportunities, in both live and studio settings.
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.
David C. Gross has been the bassist for a lot of folks. He has written 14 bass books, 3 instructional videos, and hosts “The Notes From An Artist Radio Show”. Visit online at www.thebassguitarchannel.com
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.
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica Donald is the owner and founder of Airplai® Productions, offering album production, song writing, composing/arranging, video editing, film scoring, and jingles.
Freekbass is the bass player and vocalist, who hails from Cincinnati, OH. Known for his energetic live show and ignited low-end, Freekbass brings danceable tunes with hints of Prince, David Bowie, Talking Heads, and Parliament Funkadelic. He’s a staple on the festival and touring circuit, performing live with his group, “The Bump Assembly”.
Kevin studied piano and trombone in New York as a boy and began playing bass guitar as a teenager. In 1992 he began studies in jazz expression with David Bloom at the Bloom School Of Jazz in Chicago where he eventually taught classes for 17 years. He currently plays with Chicago Soul Revue and does various casual gigs in the Chicago area.
Holly is a musician, blogger, and music lover who loves to teach others about essential music theory, techniques and motivation and to help them improve as a musician and as an individual. Visit online at hollyfranklinbasschick.com
Jason Heath is the host of contrabassconversations.com, a podcast devoted to exploring music and ideas associated with the double bass. His blog and podcast are highly regarded in the music world and have been featured as top offerings in the world of arts and culture for the past decade.
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.
Paul is currently a student at Seton Hall University studying audio engineering and sound production and also plays in a heavy metal band called Levitated (FB @LevitatedBand). Paul first picked up the bass at the age of 12 and is still an active player, covering styles from classical to metal and everything in between.
Vaughn Skow is a Nashville music guy, wearing the hats of producer, engineer, studio owner, college professor, writer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. Vaughn has all kinds of cute statuettes and plaques to brag about ... but he tries not to do that too much. Vaughn also manufactures the pickups and amplifiers that bear his name.
Alexx Calise is an accomplished singer, guitarist and songwriter. Perhaps best known for her hit song, "Cry", which became a staple on the show "Dance Moms" and boasts millions of hits on Youtube, Calise's raw emotion, heart-and soul-lyrics and unmistakable vibrato have impacted thousands of young girls all over the world. @alexxcalise
Paul 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.
Ian Stewart is a bassist, clinician and author, currently residing in New York City. His playing, teaching and writing focus on various styles of world music, predominately from Latin America. Visit online at www.ianstewartbass.com.
Keiko left a successful corporate IT career to focus on her passion for music. She is the Bass player for the Toronto band paintband.com and has a radio show called "Out of the Bassment".
Collins practices the art of music in his ten-piece Salsa band, a Steely Dan cover band, jazz gospel and charity gigs in Vancouver, WA, USA. Collins and his wife Cindy keep live music going hosting rehearsals and parties in "the nightclub" in their home.
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.
Freddy is a freelance journalist and professional bassist who has played with Quiet Riot, Widowmaker, Outliers and others. He's currently promoting his own band American Mafia: americanmafiaband.com.
William Ellis is a U.K.-based music photographer specialising in Jazz. His contribution to the culture was recognised by the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City when he was invited to produce the Inaugural International Exhibition in 2005, and where he returned in 2008 to present his work in the 'Jazz in Black and White: Bebop and Beyond' exhibit. His work has been exhibited at international festivals and galleries in the U.K. and throughout the world including The Royal Academy of Arts London and is held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
A bass player who loves to play the Blues, he likes to listen to, play, read about, write about, talk about, and photograph music. His words have appeared in Relix, Goldmine, The Los Angeles Beat and many other outlets.
Jayme has been working for years as a sideman, an artist and a small business-owner residing in Northern LA. He is a national touring bassist and studio musician, a record producer, author and music educator.
Cole Davis is a rising star in the upright bass world. In 2017, he won the Ron Carter Bass Competition at only 20 years old. In 2018, he was named a “Future Jazz Master” by the National Endowment of the Arts. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2019, Cole was awarded the rare honor of being accepted to the Juilliard Artist Diploma and Graduate Degree Program concurrently and is a busy sideman in New York City and abroad.
Having Turkish-Egyptian family roots and raised in Dubai, Ahmad has traveled the world performing more than 5000 concerts, TV shows and workshops in 30 countries. He currently lives between Turkey and the U.K.
Tom worked as a stevedore, library archivist, conversational English teacher, editor of the first online newspaper, voiceover actor, delivery driver, process server, document-retrieval service, and music journalist.