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Valery Amador

Valery Amador

Valery serves as Bass Musician Magazine's Publisher and News Editor, and is the Co-founder of www.viethrive.com, an online publishing company.

Raul Amador

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.

Bass Musician

Bass Musician

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.

Ty Campbell

Ty Campbell

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 Erskine

Damian Erskine

Damian hones his chops with some of the best jazz and latin musicians the West coast has to offer.  

Jake Kot

Jake Kot

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.

Dave Tuckman

Dave Tuckman

Dave is the former owner and founder of BassBooks.com, online since 1998.

Jonathan Moody

Jonathan Moody

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.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin is the owner of BassBooks.com, the Bass community's ultimate online resource for books, music and more.

Kilian Duarte

Kilian Duarte

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.

Jaime Vazquez

Jaime Vazquez

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.

Rick Suchow

Rick Suchow

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.

Andrea Fascetti

Andrea Fascetti

Andrea is an Italian virtuoso 7-string bass player, double bass player and a fine composer.

B.A. Johnson

B.A. Johnson

An in-demand session bassist and producer.

Dr. Randall Kertz

Dr. Randall Kertz

Randall Kertz is a chiropractic physician, acupuncturist, educator, author, and bass player in private practice in suburban Chicago, IL.

Steve Gregory

Steve Gregory

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.

Momo

Momo

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.

Jake Wolf

Jake Wolf

Jake is a professional bassist currently living in Asheville, NC.

A. Farmakalidis

A. Farmakalidis

Andreas Farmakalidis is a freelance acoustic & electric bass player based in CA.

Igor Saavedra

Igor Saavedra

Picking up the bass at 22, Igor started an impressive and completely autodidact and self-taught learning style.

Mark Marxon

Mark Marxon

Mark has completed a bachelor of music at Newcastle University. He endorses FENDER basses and VINCI strings.

Eric Parsons

Eric Parsons

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. 

Alberto Rigoni

Alberto Rigoni

Alberto is an Italian bass player and composer.

Lucas Pickford

Lucas Pickford

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.

Allee Futterer

Allee Futterer

Allee Futterer is a bassist from LA and graduate of the Berklee College of Music.

Josh Needleman

Josh Needleman

Josh wrote the unique bass instruction book manual, "Getting Around The Bass", a staple text book of his own students and many others.

Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson

R.I.P. Martin Simpson.

Steve Rosati

Steve Rosati

Steve has been known to play the bass, a lot, and sometimes does other stuff too... sometimes.

John Kuhlman

John Kuhlman

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.

Joshua Barnhart

Joshua Barnhart

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.

Willis

Willis

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.

Brad Houser

Brad Houser

Brad Houser is a founding member of Critters Buggin and New Bohemians (with Edie Brickell).

Vuyani Wakaba

Vuyani Wakaba

Vuyani is a South African bassist that is based in Chicago. He is the founder of the Chicago jazz band Vuyani Wakaba & Friends.

Jimi Durso

Jimi Durso

Jimi is a bassist and guitarist in the New York area.

Rajoe

Rajoe

Rajoe is a YouTube bassist from a little country called Hungary.

Ray Riendeau

Ray Riendeau

Ray has been at the forefront of the bass scene for many years. Countless recordings, live gigs and clinics keep Ray in high demand.

Mark von Bergen

Mark von Bergen

Mark von Bergen plays upright bass, bass guitar and Theramin with the jazz groove band, The Rhythm Dogs. 

Jason Heath

Jason Heath

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.

Doug Johns

Doug Johns

Doug’s raw presence, energy, and all-around crowd-wowing prowess can be heard on numerous recordings and stages.

Adam Nitti

Adam Nitti

Adam Nitti has emerged as one of the cutting edge bassists and composers in the world of instrumental jazz and rock.

Tim Seisser

Tim Seisser

Tim moved to Chicago in 2004 and began his career as a full time musician.

Bruno Tauzin

Bruno Tauzin

French bassist born in 1981, Bruno Tauzin is also a composer, percussionist, guitarist and pianist.

Biscuit

Biscuit

Self-taught bass guitarist - Spector basses exclusively!

Phil Baker

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.

Rhayn Jooste

Rhayn Jooste

Rhayn is a musician whose interest lies in musical spontaneity and improvisation.

Donald Waugh

Donald Waugh

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.

David Dyson

David Dyson

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.

Aidan Hampson

Aidan Hampson

Aidan Hampson is a bass player and teacher from Southampton, UK.

David Bell

David Bell

David has worked in the guitar industry since 2005. He is now the founder and online marketing specialist at Web Marketing Matters.

Alex Wilkerson

Alex Wilkerson

Alex is a graduate from Hollywood's Musicians Institute and plays both electric and upright bass. 

Bill Harrison

Bill Harrison

Bill is a graduate of DePaul University and is a performer, teacher and clinician.

Carl Dawkins

Carl Dawkins

In his short time in the Industry, Carl has developed himself into one of the country's most exciting and all rounded musicians.

Tim Risser

Tim Risser

Tim has played bass for over twenty years and had toured and recorded with hard rock band Anthrophobia.

Al Caldwell

Al Caldwell

Al is a Clinician, Performer, Engineer, Producer, Musician, Hillbilly and Cultural Nomad.

Rob Collier

Rob Collier

Rob Collier earned his DMA in Composition at the University of Maryland. He teaches music theory and composition at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, where he is also an active bass player and bandleader.

Yves Carbonne

Yves Carbonne

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". 

Kevin Freeby

Kevin Freeby

Kevin is a professional bassist living in Southern California.

Holly Franklin

Holly Franklin

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.

Alain Caron

Alain Caron

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.

Dennis Moody

Dennis Moody

Having participated on well over 1,000 albums, Dennis Moody has established himself at the top of his field.

Alex Lofoco

Alex Lofoco

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.

Darren Frate

Darren Frate

Frate, who majored in film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, specializes in electric bass, music theory and ensembles.

Brad Russell

Brad Russell

Russell taps, slaps and shreds his four-string bass, sounding more like a six string guitar.

Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson

Todd is recognized as a pioneer of the six-string bass.

Michael Lazarus

Michael Lazarus

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.

Justin Emord

Justin Emord

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.

Franz Vitulli

Franz Vitulli

Franz is a bass player, music teacher, and digital marketing, social media and all other 2.0 thingies expert.

Paul McBride

Paul McBride

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.

Joe Darcy

Joe Darcy

BehindtheNotes.com is a web site that features video documentaries of some of the worlds most respected and renowned musicians.

James Rosocha

James Rosocha

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.”

Mike Pope

Mike Pope

Pope has become a fixture on the New York jazz scene.

Maureen Pandos

Maureen Pandos

Maureen Pandos is a luthier in Portland, Oregon where she owns and operates MDP Bass Works: A violin shop specializing in the Double Bass.

Marco Passarelli

Marco Passarelli

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.

Chance Walte

Chance Walte

Chance is the owner of Fearless Guitars in Portland, OR.

Michael Manring

Michael Manring

Hailed by many as the world's leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what is possible on bass.

Mikel Combs

Mikel Combs

Mikel is a versatile acoustic and electric bassist currently living and working in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. 

Mark Wright

Mark Wright

Mark Wright is the manager and designer of AccuGroove Speaker Cabinets & Amps.

Simon Zauels

Simon Zauels

At the age of 6 years he began playing the Cello; he put the Cello aside and picked up the electric Bass.

PW Farrell

PW Farrell

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.

Ivan Carranza

Ivan Carranza

Ivan is a freelance musician born in Lima, Peru. He is also the bass player and composer for the Reggae band “Blazin’ Vibez”.

Harvey Citron

Harvey Citron

A guitarist, bandleader, and former architect, Harvey Citron has been building guitars, basses, and pickups since 1974.

Bentura Madrid

Bentura Madrid

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.

Steve Adelson

Steve Adelson

Steve is one of the premier Chapman Stick players in the world.

Vail Johnson

Vail Johnson

Vail Johnson is a solo artist and bassist most well know for his work with Kenny G since 1986.

Manuel Pino

Manuel Pino

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.

Bill Dickens

Bill Dickens

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.

Oteil Burbridge

Oteil Burbridge

The world knows Oteil Burbridge as the Allman Bros.' bassist and as a founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit.

Chris Metaxas

Chris Metaxas

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.  

Keiko Gutierrez

Keiko Gutierrez

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".

Bob Considine

Bob Considine

Bob Considine began playing bass in high school and then went to one of the greatest jazz colleges in the country...to study journalism.

Selina Metoxen

Selina Metoxen

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.

Steve Araujo

Steve Araujo

Steve has over 20 years of experience as a professional bassist and has served as a faculty member for The National Guitar Summer Workshop.

Latest from Steve Araujo
Ariane Cap

Ariane Cap

Austrian Ariane Cap is a multi instrumentalist, educator, author, writer and composer. Visit online at arisbassblog.com and arianecap.com

Reggie Washington

Reggie Washington

Reggie has recorded 4 albums under his name since 2005 on Jammin’colorS label.

W. Hochberg, Esq.

W. Hochberg, Esq.

William Hochberg is a music and media attorney with 25 years of transactional and litigation experience.

Marcos Alto

Marcos Alto

Marcos Alto is a bass player, Producer and Journalist living in Spain.

Latest from Marcos Alto
Joe Fazio

Joe Fazio

Joe is a New Jersey bass player, performer, writer and clinician.

Yiorgos Fakanas

Yiorgos Fakanas

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 Villano

Freddy Villano

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.

Ric Fierabracci

Ric Fierabracci

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.

Ivor Levene

Ivor Levene

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.

Latest from Ivor Levene
Derek Jones

Derek Jones

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.

Bill Bartolini

Bill Bartolini

Bill was the owner of Bartolini Pickups and Electronics.

Latest from Bill Bartolini
S. Leigha-Shiff

S. Leigha-Shiff

Samantha Leigha-Shiff is a South Florida based reporter and photographer who specializes in music industry projects.

Latest from S. Leigha-Shiff
Ed Lucie

Ed Lucie

Ed is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music.

Jayme Lewis

Jayme Lewis

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.

Vaughn Skow

Vaughn Skow

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.

Latest from Vaughn Skow
Kenny Butcher

Kenny Butcher

Kenny is a musician, blogger and grace case from Ontairo, Canada!

Nicole Callis

Nicole Callis

Nicole is a music photographer based in Ohio.

Kenn Smith

Kenn Smith

As a recording artist, his music and impeccable technique are consistently described as a "soulful, organic experience".

Latest from Kenn Smith
Ahmad Hani

Ahmad Hani

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 Wictor

Tom Wictor

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.

Laura Greenberg

Laura Greenberg

Laura is a bassist from Ottawa, Canada and plays for internationally touring blues act JW-Jones.

Don Campbell

Don Campbell

Don Campbell is a Northwest blues musician, songwriter, producer and complete knucklehead.

Todd Urban

Todd Urban

Todd works as a freelance bassist, therapist, and educator in the New York City area.

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