There’s a lot going on these days.
Questions, Answers, and more stuff you might not need to know — the new blog post is here.
Aebersold Summer Jazz Campers: The supporting materials for my practicing master class on here on my blog page.
The nice folks at multicoolty.com did an interview with me recently about my work with the WDR Big Band and life in Germany as an American ex-pat.
Here are the audio examples for my Bass Player Magazine, June 2014 Woodshed column, Skills That Pay Bills: Sight-Reading In The Studio, Part 2. Like it? Pass it on!
And here, you can still check out the examples from my Bass Player Magazine May, 2014 Woodshed column, Sight-Reading In The Studio, Part 1.
Sight-Reading In The Studio, Part 3 will be up shortly.
A Sound For Sore Ears! This is a fantastic tune from the pen of the great tenor saxophonist / composer Jimmy Heath. Check out my recent Bass Player Magazine article with analysis of this and other classic Heath lines.
Also check out some of my other video lessons for my recent Woodshed columns in Bass Player Magazine:
Peter Leitch is a brilliant jazz guitarist. Here’s a video from a concert we did way back in ’92.
Also take a look at our recent livestream with Marshall Gilkes from the WDR Funkhaus Saal 2. Marshall Gilkes makes an appearance with the band, this time as arranger and conductor. Marshall has resigned from his position as 2nd trombone to move back to NYC and pursue his freelance career. It was fantastic having him in the band for four years, and by the looks of it, he’ll be coming back on occasion to conduct and arrange. Yes—we already have a new 2nd trombonist, the fantastic Shannon Barnett.
Other news on the playing front, I’m working with Jacky Terrasson and the WDR Big Band this week for a a recording and concert at the KlavierFest Rhein/Ruhr. Also up on the WDR schedule — Michael Abene, and his farewell concert as our chief conductor. It’s been a fantastic run with Michael, who’s one of the greatest musicians I’ve known. He’ll be back with us in the future for many happy returns as a guest conductor.
Recently, we did a nice project with Bob Mintzer, and in between the big band rehearsals and recordings, we snuck in a quartet gig at the Altes Pfandhaus in Cologne with Mintzer, Hans Dekker and Martin Sasse.
Last month, the WDR Big Band played at JazzAhead! in Bremen to play with the legendary Palle Mikkelborg and Carsten Dahl, It was a treat playing the music of Palle and Carsten—what a sound. I’ve been a big fan of Palle’s since I heard his work on the Miles album “Aura” back in the ’80s.
In addition to the big band work, I’ve been playing a lot in small groups with Ludwig Nuss, Karolina Strassmayer, Martin Sasse, Thomas Rückert, Anne Hartkamp, and Marcus Bartelt—great players all.
In between the gigging, teaching and composing, I’m working on two educational projects: video iTunes lessons on a wide range of bass topics, and the Goldsby Bass Method. Does the world need another bass method? I don’t know, but I’ll tell you how to best tackle the intricacies of bass playing and become a better player.
In the meantime, check out some of my recent articles for Bass Player Magazine, including The Groove Factory, Parts 1, 2, and 3. Also, check out the demonstration videos where I play the examples.
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