O Tannenbaum

Here’s a little holiday cheer from four members of the WDR Big Band, Koeln.

  • Ludwig Nuss – trombone
  • Karolina Strassmayer – alto saxophone
  • Hans Dekker – drums
  • John Goldsby – bass

“O Tannenbaum” (Traditional / arrangement John Goldsby)
ARD Morgen Magazin, Dec. 17 2013





“Clockwise” is from the album Space for the Bass, recorded on May 17, 2009 in Cologne, Germany at Topaz Studio.

John Goldsby (bass), Francesco Cafiso (alto), Martin Sasse (piano)

Interview: John Goldsby

Ligeti Split

‘Ligeti Split’ is from the album “The Innkeeper’s Gun” [Bass Lion, 2010] with Jacob Duncan (alto), John Goldsby (bass), and Jason Tiemann (drums). Recorded on Nov. 12, 2009 in the middle of their European tour, the Nachbar Trio (as they are also called), made a day trip to Topaz Studio, Cologne to work with engineer Reinhard Kobialka and document some of their original music. ‘Ligeti Split’ is a free-wheeling melody composed by Jacob Duncan.


Superbass: Two for the Blues (1997)



This is the “complete” version of the “Two for the Blues” performance, recorded live at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall in 1997. The group includes bassists Ray Brown, Christian McBride, John Clayton and John Goldsby, joined by John Riley, performing brushes on a phone book and Carmen Bradford on vocals.