Bass Musician Contributors
Since 2007, Bass Musician Magazine has been a free online bass magazine and social media outreach offering readers a way to get their daily bass fix on the go.
Editor, Raul Amador
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.
Valery serves as Bass Musician Magazine's Publisher and News Editor, and is the Co-founder of www.viethrive.com, an online publishing company.
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.
Damian hones his chops with some of the best jazz and latin musicians the West coast has to offer.
Jake has performed on 100 of CD's and has written, arranged, and produced two solo CD's featuring such world class players as Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthall and Dave Derge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Randall Kertz
Randall Kertz is a chiropractic physician, acupuncturist, educator, author, and bass player in private practice in suburban Chicago, IL.
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 has been known to play the bass, a lot, and sometimes does other stuff too... sometimes.
Andrea is an Italian virtuoso 7-string bass player, double bass player and a fine composer.
Steve is an in-demand bassist, producer, music director, and instructor living in Virginia. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.
Picking up the bass at 22, Igor started an impressive and completely autodidact and self-taught learning style.
Mark has completed a bachelor of music at Newcastle University. He endorses FENDER basses and VINCI strings.
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.
Music Mechanics shares 40 years of professional experience to bring you the nuts and bolts of music theory and improvisation, highlighted by interviews with industry experts.
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.
Josh wrote the unique bass instruction book manual, "Getting Around The Bass", a staple text book of his own students and many others.
David C Gross
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
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.
Vuyani is a South African bassist that is based in Chicago. He is the founder of the Chicago jazz band Vuyani Wakaba & Friends.
Josh received a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. He lives in Southern California and has established himself as a world-class bassist and composer.
Brad Houser is a founding member of Critters Buggin and New Bohemians (with Edie Brickell).
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”.
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.
Ray is the owner of vintagebassvault.com and has been at the forefront of the bass scene for many years. Countless recordings, live gigs and clinics keep Ray in high demand.
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
Tim Fletcher is a bassist, educator and writer, living in the UK. He once appeared in a film with Doctor Who.
David has worked in the guitar industry since 2005. He is now the founder and online marketing specialist at Web Marketing Matters.
Bassist James Rosocha is an educator, composer, and touring musician. He can be heard on the last nine albums by jazz fusion guitarist B.D. Lenz or on his debut CD “Avalon.”
Mark von Bergen
Mark von Bergen plays upright bass, bass guitar and Theramin with the jazz groove band, The Rhythm Dogs.
Adam Nitti has emerged as one of the cutting edge bassists and composers in the world of instrumental jazz and rock.
Doug’s raw presence, energy, and all-around crowd-wowing prowess can be heard on numerous recordings and stages.
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.
David is a Berklee College of Music and is able to absorb an array of musical flavors as well as perform in diverse musical situations.
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.
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.
In his short time in the Industry, Carl has developed himself into one of the country's most exciting and all rounded musicians.
Alex is a graduate from Hollywood's Musicians Institute and plays both electric and upright bass.
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
Rob Collier teaches courses in music theory and popular music at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He maintains a busy schedule playing bass in rock and alt-country bands.
Tim has played bass for over twenty years and had toured and recorded with hard rock band Anthrophobia.
Al is a Clinician, Performer, Engineer, Producer, Musician, Hillbilly and Cultural Nomad.
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".
Frate, who majored in film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, specializes in electric bass, music theory and ensembles.
Russell taps, slaps and shreds his four-string bass, sounding more like a six string guitar.
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.
Alex Lofoco is a native Itailan musician based in the UK. He works as a session player for many bands in live, studio and in theatre.
Having participated on well over 1,000 albums, Dennis Moody has established himself at the top of his field.
BehindtheNotes.com is a web site that features video documentaries of some of the worlds most respected and renowned musicians.
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.
Franz is a bass player, music teacher, and digital marketing, social media and all other 2.0 thingies expert.
Justin Emord is the bassist for the rock band Love and a .38. In their short existence they have been tirelessly D.I.Y. in all aspects of their career.
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.
Maureen Pandos is a luthier in Portland, Oregon where she owns and operates MDP Bass Works: A violin shop specializing in the Double Bass.
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.
At the age of 6 years he began playing the Cello; he put the Cello aside and picked up the electric Bass.
Mikel is a versatile acoustic and electric bassist currently living and working in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico Bentura is a self taught musician. He is also a professional ballroom dancer by day and runs his YouTube channel @digitalbirdabq1 on his spare time.
Marco thinks about music, writes about music and sometimes even plays music. One of the most bass-savvy guitar players around, Marco also loves fine cigars and 70's muscle cars.
Owner of Immediate Family Records and Immediate Family Marketing in New York City, Chris is also a bass player who came up in the underground rock and punk scene in New York.
A guitarist, bandleader, and former architect, Harvey Citron has been building guitars, basses, and pickups since 1974.
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.
PW is a solo artist, session musician, producer/composer and teacher. He is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts.
Bob Considine began playing bass in high school and then went to one of the greatest jazz colleges in the country...to study journalism.
Anna is a Rockstar Physiotherapist, owner of holistic practice Performing Arts Medicine CMT, NCMT therapist, GYROKINESIS trainer, educator and bassist. Professional performing artist since 1996, choreographer, physical dancer and trainer. Artistic director of freelance Rock Dance Theatre rock and metal hybrid Rebel Crush collaborating internationally. A poli-ameri-Swedish coffeeholic. Specializes in chronic pain, injury management and prevention in music, dance and sports injuries fit for the XXIInd century artist especially debunking medical myths. VISIT: https://linktr.ee/annaachimowicz
Hailed by many as the world's leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what is possible on bass.
Ivan is a freelance musician born in Lima, Peru. He is also the bass player and composer for the Reggae band “Blazin’ Vibez”.
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.
Vail Johnson is a solo artist and bassist most well know for his work with Kenny G since 1986.
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.
Chris comes 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.
The world knows Oteil Burbridge as the Allman Bros.' bassist and as a founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit.
Laura is a bassist from Ottawa, Canada and plays for internationally touring blues act JW-Jones.
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.
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.
W. Hochberg, Esq.
William Hochberg is a music and media attorney with 25 years of transactional and litigation experience.
Samantha Leigha-Shiff is a South Florida based reporter and photographer who specializes in music industry projects.
Life has afforded me opportunities to do lots of different things. That for which I am most grateful is being a storyteller.
Don Campbell is a Northwest blues musician, songwriter, producer and complete knucklehead.
Former A&R Rep and Booking Agent in LA and Journalist/Editorial Administrator for the Santa Monica Observer, Selina started playing the bass seriously in 2012.
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.
As a recording artist, his music and impeccable technique are consistently described as a "soulful, organic experience".
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.
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.
Austrian Ariane Cap is a multi instrumentalist, educator, author, writer and composer. Visit online at arisbassblog.com and arianecap.com
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.
Steve has over 20 years of experience as a professional bassist and has served as a faculty member for The National Guitar Summer Workshop.
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.
Jon von Boehm
Jon von Boehm is a bass player from Nashville TN. He maintains a busy schedule working with artists both locally and abroad. You can also hear him on his own albums that he has produced as a leader.
Ric has performed, recorded and run the gamut for artists like Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl and Euge Groove and has composed music for numerous film and television projects.
Hailing from New Orleans, George Gekas lays down the groove for The Revivalists, a very active seven-piece band.
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.
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.