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Bass Lessons Melbourne 'Player Profile' Podcast
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Scottish bass player living and working in Melbourne Australia. I teach and play professionally and love all things bass. This ...


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November 24, 2016 01:00 PM PST

Jimmy Haslip is one of the modern masters of electric bass, coming to prominence in 1980 as founding member of The Yellowjackets, Jimmy has since gone on to play with Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Bruce Hornsby, Rita Coolidge, Gino Vannelli, Kiss, Tommy Bolin, Allan Holdsworth, Marilyn Scott, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Donald Fagen, and Anita Baker. It was an absolute pleasure to speak with Jimmy about his amazing career as a bass player and producer, as well as discuss his approach to improvising and his journey with the 6 string electric bass. Check out the video interview here: https://youtu.be/Xsw2r3BWwAM

November 10, 2016 08:43 PM PST

Known for his chart topping smooth jazz CD's and his recently relaunched line of high end, high powered bass amplification, Wayne Jones knows what it takes to make great sounding, bass-led music both live and in the studio.
Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, Wayne is originally from Wales. When he was 11 years old, his family immigrated to Australia. He started playing drums when he was 13, but at age 17, he suffered an industrial accident, which caused the loss of the use of his left thumb. At this point, he took up the electric bass, and he has never looked back. In addition to designing and producing some fantastic bass cabs, Wayne is primarily a solo bass player, writer and producer, and has his own record label. Wayne has CD’s out and on radio in the smooth / contemporary Jazz markets in USA, Europe & more. They feature top USA players Rick Braun, Philippe Saisse and Mike MacArthur. Joining Wayne for the Australian contingent is Fallon Williams and Ron Peers. Prior to this, for over forty years, he was a sideman in the Australian music scene, touring, sessions, etc. Wayne provided master classes and taught at various colleges.

October 27, 2016 04:06 PM PDT

Tim Lefebvre is quickly carving out a bold and progressive vision of what a contemporary bassist can and should be. Fashioning a leadership role in avant-garde jazz and funk circles, Tim is also a capable and reliable sideman routinely called upon by today’s leading innovators from across the musical spectrum including: Tedeschi Trucks Band (his full-time gig), Bryan Adams, Chris Botti, Toto, Sting, Uri Caine, Dave Binney, Donny McCaslin, Mark Giuliana and Donald Fagen. Tim (along with Donny McCaslin, Mark Guiliana, Jason Lindner and Ben Monder) is also the last bassist to record with David Bowie. His bass work is featured on "Blackstar", Mr. Bowie's powerful final recording. In addition, "Let Me Get By" by Tedeschi Trucks band is his first recording with that band. J

October 16, 2016 09:26 PM PDT

As a NYC based multi-instrumentalist , Lavondo has solidly rooted himself as a new breed of in demand performer. Having studied privately with Felix Pastorius , Dr. Mark Morton ( Principle Bassist of Columbus Symphony ) , Douglas Richeson ( Tony Bennett unplugged , Phil Collins ) , and Janek Gwizdala , he feels just as comfortable on acoustic bass as he does on his electric . He has performed for audiences around the world ; 30 plus countries from Europe , Asia , and all throughout North America with such artists as world reknowned recording artist Daisy Jopling, fresh offa six week / 23 city tour of China, and performing in Europe at the world famous musikverein hall in Vienna . Also performing on her new album set for release in 2016 . Upcoming North American summer tour with the great , award winning guitarist Ana Popovic . Broadway and Tv's "survivor" stars Josh Canfield and Reed Kelly, Mitch Jarvis, Eddie Holman ( Hey There Lonely Girl ), violinist Christian Howes, Umar Bin Hassan and The Last Poets, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Shine and the Moonbeams , along with other artists across a wide genre busting palette. Recently signing to Ropeadope Records with his band The Flowdown , he also served as Assistant musical director for Echoes of Etta ( 2014 MAC Award for Show of the Year ) , Asst. Music Director for vocalist William Blake ( New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist ) , member of Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution ( 2011 independent music award best live performance ) and bassist for 50 Shades! The Musical.

Lavondo is a Dunlop Artist and plays MXR bass pedals, Dunlop Marcus Miller Super Brights nickel wound strings, doesn't leave the house without his Will Lee Sadowsky , and makes a mean peanut butter & jelly sandwich.
Check out the video interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6jjJqzryfo

September 29, 2016 03:00 PM PDT

Not only is Mitch Cairns is a top class bass player, he's also an ARIA Award winning Producer, Mix Engineer and Writer.
Based in Melbourne Australia, Mitch works out of his private studio built within a spacious warehouse in Melbourne's western suburbs.
Mitch Produced the multi award winning albums Sharkmouth, Van Diemen’s Land and Red Dirt Red Heart for ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee and no. 1 selling artist Russell Morris.
His other work includes Grammy Winner Leo Sayer’s Restless Years, Glenn Shorrock, Joe Robinson, Renee Geyer, Chris Wilson, Brian Cadd, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Rick Springfield, Joe Camilleri, Vika and Linda Bull, Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Phil Manning (Chain), Troy Cassar-Daley, Kevin Borich, Diesel, Callee Mann, Mish Fornito, Grayson, Daryl Aberhart, Electric Mary, Electric Empire, Adam Miller and ABC Jazz Award winners Fumi Boca.
Watch the video interview here:
https://youtu.be/RlkM_N11wQ0

September 11, 2016 09:33 PM PDT

Watch the video interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RftlnYKWvGA&index=5&list=PLI3SNKfLTqrZskA2uuyjmPz5nmgjFJkfs In this episode we catch up with Melbourne bass legend Ben Cripps. Having been the bass player for Human Nature for over a decade, Ben is at the top of many artists list when looking for a pro player who can bring a little extra something to the table and always lay it down tight and phat. In this video we learn some valuable lessons about what it takes to be a working pro and also some great advice for getting gigs in the first place.

September 11, 2016 09:34 PM PDT

Watch the video interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmrZ_yVYY6A Joshua has established a professional music career on a thirst for performing as much as possible! As a proven sought after 'player-for-hire', Joshua has had the pleasure to perform in as many musical situations as Rock bands, large and small Jazz ensembles, Blues/Folk/Bluegrass and Country outfits, Rnb/Motown/Soul and Funk projects, Heavy & Progressive Metal Line-ups, theatre shows, corporate events, Classical brass ensembles, Filmclips and anything else you might think of! Whether it has been on the road touring or performing at events and festivals around Australia and globally to the USA and Europe, or in the recording studios, performing music has provided Joshua the opportunities to work with and amongst some of the best recording artists and musicians in their genres! A regular performer on the Electric Bass, Double Bass, Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, Joshua has gained his formal training and mentoring from teachers such as Craig Newman, Peter Dowdall, Bob Johnson and esteemed Australian drummer David Jones. This includes tertiary music studies from the Melbourne University's (VCA) Victoria College Of Arts and the Adelaide University's Elder School Of Music.

August 11, 2016 12:40 AM PDT

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As a sideman PW has toured internationally with artists such as country band Jetty Road (‘Golden Guitar’ winning Australian country music act), nationally with Aria award winning singer-songwriter Tyrone Noonan, appeared on national television with the likes of R&B star Jessica Mauboy (Australian Idol), performed musical theatre alongside Danielle Matthews and worked with cabaret & television personality Virginia Gay.
As a featured performer PW has toured and performed with some of Australia’s most exciting modern jazz & fusion talents at festivals such as the Indian International Guitar Festival, the Noosa Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival and the iconic Woodford Folk Festival.
In 2011 he released his critically acclaimed debut album ‘The Life Electric’ (available on iTunes) which he composed, produced and marketed independently. In 2013 PW became a contributing writer for Bass Musician Magazine, specialising in the broader subject of music as an evolutionary phenomenon.

July 28, 2016 09:43 PM PDT

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igk9ykgjYa8&list=PLI3SNKfLTqrZskA2uuyjmPz5nmgjFJkfs&index=7
Here at Bass Lessons Melbourne we were honoured to have Janek take some time out from his insanely busy schedule and be part of my Player Profile video series. In this interview he gives us the lowdown on his musical journey, what keeps him motivated, his views on the current music scene, his love of tennis and of course his beautiful Fodera instruments. Thanks for watching, and thanks Janek!
London born US based Bass player and record producer Janek Gwizdala has been on the international music scene for over a decade. He has been touring as a band leader and working as musical director or sideman with some of the most respected names in the industry. These include: Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Mike Stern, John Mayer, Airto Moreira, Chuck Loeb, Peter Erskine, Flora Purim, Pat Metheny, Billy Cobham, Bob James, John Patitucci, Bob Mintzer, Marcus Miller, Jojo Mayer, Paul Shafer, Dennis Chambers, Gary Novak and Wayne Krantz. As a recording artist and band leader Janek has released 8albums as a leader, as an author published two critically acclaimed books, and toured the world extensively, while also touring as a lecturer and clinician at the world's leading educational establishments.

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