John Goldsby

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

I’ll Be Around, the new piano-bass duo EP with Billy Test drops on April 28th—stay tuned! Other recent releases as bandleader include 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.

New Release

Pianist Billy Test and bassist John Goldsby are proud to present I’ll Be Around,  their first album as a duo, which features six enduring songs by some of the most influential composers of the past 100 years.

I’ll Be Around celebrates the transparent beauty of piano and bass duo music and spans a century of the popular music tradition—with “Rockin’ Chair” penned in 1929 and “my future” composed in 2020. 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.