John Goldsby

John Goldsby is solo bassist with the Grammy Award-winning WDR Big Band, Cologne.

Swim for Your Life, the new piano-bass duo EP with Billy Test is now out! Other recent releases as bandleader include The Baden Baden Suite, Speak with a Purpose, 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 five online bass courses are available from Discover Double Bass. Just released: Team Player—Artistry in the Ensemble


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.

New Release

As next in their series of duo EPs, pianist Billy Test and bassist John Goldsby announce the release of their fourth duo album, Swim for Your Life.

Building on the success of their previous three EPs, The Baden Baden Suite, I’ll Be Around and Speak with a Purpose, the recording showcases the duo’s versatility as they explore the jazz tradition, playing straight-ahead swing, hard bop, funky grooves, and gorgeous ballads. This album features four compositions by Goldsby, plus a slow and sexy rendition of the Harold Arlen classic, “Ill Wind.”

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 five 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. Just released: Team Player—Artistry in the Ensemble