Welcome

There’s a lot going on these days.

  • Do you live in the Cologne area? Be sure to visit Steinway & Sons Koeln for our “Jazz & Talk” series. I’m hosting a regular series of duo concerts and more with some incredible musicians.

 

  • Here’s a nice interview with Red Mitchell from 1983. Red asked me to play a gig—with him on piano—at the Village West club in New York. Needless to say, I was thrilled to accompany one of my bass heroes. This interview by John Wilson of the New York Times gives an insight into Red’s thinking about life and music at the time. Thanks, Red, for the huge impact you made on my life and career.

 

  • Check out the audio for “Embraceable Red,” an etude based on the style of bassist Red Mitchell, whom I’ve profiled in recent Bass Player Magazine articles.

 

  • Big news! My new video bass course is out now at truefire.com. “The Upright Bass Handbook” is geared towards beginning double bassists, electric bassists who want to add the acoustic bass to their arsenal, and other instrumentalists who are looking for an overview of bass technique and basic jazz bass line construction.

 

  • Check out my recent articles about a couple of bass masters that not too many folks talk about these days—even though we all know their bass lines! Ben Tucker and Leroy Vinnegar are spotlighted here.

 

  • Marshall Gilkes’s album “Köln” was nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Marshall wrote a nice bass feature for the album, the title of which alludes to my vegan tendencies: “Plant Bassed.”

 

  • 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.

 

 

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