There’s a lot going on these days.
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.
Peter Leitch is a brilliant jazz guitarist. Here’s a video from a concert we did way back in ’92.
Want to see WDR Studio 4 in Cologne, Germany, where I spend quite a bit of time recording and rehearsing? Check out the archived version of our recent “Soul Christmas” live stream here.
Or you can see 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,we’re doing a series of school concerts this week, at Elisabeth-Selbert-Gesamtschule (Bonn), Rudolf-Steiner-Schule (Dortmund), Mädchengymnasium Essen-Borbeck, and Gymnasium an der Wolfskuhle (Essen).
We had a nice project in February with the WDR BB featuring Avishai Cohen (tpt), Eli Dejibri (sax), arranged by Mike Holober. In March, we did the WDR Jazz Prize project—congrats to Christina Fuchs, followed by a project with Toninho Horta, Ronnie Cuber and Michael Abene.
In November, we did a tour of Spain, Portugal, Leverkusen, and Oman with Vince Mendoza, Chano Dominguez, Blas Córdoba, the great flameco dancer Daniel Navarro, and the WDR Big Band. We were playing the music of Chano Dominquez, which is a true crossover form of flamenco and jazz, artfully arranged by Vince Mendoza. You can see a video of the Leverkusen concert here.
In addition to the big band work, I’ve been playing a lot in small groups with Karolina Strassmayer, Martin Sasse, Thomas Rückert, Anne Hartkamp, and Marcus Bartelt—great players all.
Other news on the writing front, I’ve got a couple of nice columns in Bass Player Magazine coming out soon: “Larks Tongues In Aspic,” exploring the minor-7th interval, and “Studio Parts,” which looks at a potpourri of bass lines that I’ve encountered in recent studio work. Sight reading, anyone?
Also check out some of my other video lessons for my recent Woodshed columns in Bass Player Magazine:
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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