John Goldsby is solo bassist with the Grammy Award-winning WDR Big Band, Cologne.
Speak with a Purpose, the new piano-bass duo EP with Billy Test drops on June 16th—stay tuned! Other recent releases as bandleader include I’ll Be Around, Segment, The Innkeeper’s Gun and Space for the Bass.
Goldsby has authored The Jazz Bass Book, Bass Notes, and Jazz Bowing Techniques, and contributes regularly to Bass Magazine. His four online bass courses are available from Discover Double Bass.
Since 1994, John Goldsby has been a member of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Big Band (also known as the WDR Big Band or the Cologne Radio Big Band). From 1980 to 1994, Goldsby lived in New York City and was a fixture on the jazz scene there. He continues to contribute to the art form as a bassist, bandleader, composer, teacher, clinician and author.
As next in their series of duo EPs, Pianist Billy Test and bassist John Goldsby are proud to present their second duo album Speak with a Purpose.
Building on the success of their previous EP, I’ll Be Around, the recording showcases the duo’s versatility as they explore the jazz tradition, playing straight-ahead swing, hard bop, free jazz, and beyond. With a mix of original compositions from Billy Test and Billy Strayhorn, the duo celebrates the lush heritage of the piano/bass duo format with their unique and individual style.
Test and Goldsby have been making music together for over five years, exploring a wide range of genres and styles as members of the renowned Grammy Award-winning WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany.
Online Bass Instruction
John Goldsby has filmed four superb courses at Discover Double Bass covering all the essential learning for any jazz bassist looking to improve bass lines, solos, ensemble playing, and technique.