Contrabass Conversations - double bass life on the low end of the spectrum
Summary: Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the double bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With 2 million downloads and counting, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!
The Johann Matthias Sperger Competition is being held from 22 to 29 July 2018 in Ludwigslust / Germany. This competition is open to all double bass players with an age limit of 35. Applications are required to submit audio links.
We talk about how he got into the luthier trade, his time spent working at David Gage’s Shop and the Bass Violin Shop, how he ended up as a luthier in the Bay Area, thoughts on set-up, and much more!
Charley Sabatino is on a mission to re-vamp the way people teach music theory. He’s a man in constant motion: composing new music, teaching clinics on improvisation, and working with the next generation of players on the art, science, and business of music. We dig into all kinds of topics today, like Charley’s first trip to the NAMM show (and the unexpected cosplay happening in the halls!), the “tune/tone/time” pyramid, the ups and downs of a living as a creative artist, and much more.
Ole Wilson is the CEO of Wilson Pickup Systems, which have been making the signature Wilson Pickup for double bass for over 34 years. Wilson provided the first commercially available piezo pickup systems for the double bass back in the 1980s, and it has been used by artists like George Mraz, Gary Peacock, and John Patitucci. We dig into the history of the pickup, how the company has branded out into other string instruments, how the pickup is installed, and more in this special gear-centric episode!
Yoshi Horiguchi is a Baltimore -based double bassist and educator as well as a faculty member of Maryland’s thriving Bass Works program. In the fall of 2017, Yoshi got in touch with me about putting his analysis of George Vance’s Progressive Repertoire Book 1 online. We got it up on the blog, and it has proven to be a popular resource for bassists worldwide.
As the son of Dominic Duval Sr. (Cecil Taylor’s bassist for a decade), Dominic Duval Jr. grew up immersed in the world of avant-garde jazz. Dominic attended the Eastman School of Music, working with James VanDemark and Jeff Campbell. He has performed at venues like Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, and many New York jazz clubs.
It was a pleasure to connect with Cielito de Jesus and chat about the vibrant double bass educational scene she has built in Southern California! As the founder of the Rabbath Institute Los Angeles, Cielito has dedicated her career to teaching Vance-Rabbath pedagogy to middle and high school students throughout the Los Angeles area. She works with over 60 bassists each week. Be sure to check out the Rabbath Institute Los Angeles for more information about this great event!
Christian just won his sixth Grammy for the Christian McBride Big Band’s new album Bringin' It, and he has a course available titled Fundamentals of Jazz Bass and Beyond. We dig into all kinds of topics (including many suggestions from podcast listeners!), like: • the story behind his Benedict Puglisi bass • what Christian looks for in a bass setup • hearing Ray Brown play live for the first time • Christian’s heartwarming story about James Brown
Former Guildhall Strings solo double bassist Chris West has built a tremendous resource for learning thumb position, and he’s finally unleashed it upon the world. Titled Reaching the Heights - Thumb Position on the Double Bass, it’s chock full of useful exercises and pieces that will have you navigating the upper reaches fo the fingerboard in no time.
Danny Ziemann and Geoff Chalmers of Discover Double Bass chat about Danny's new course on playing in a jazz trio
Dan Carson is the latest member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s bass section. Dan attended Indiana University and won principal bass of the Alabama Symphony during his junior year. After a few years, he decided to return to Indiana University to finish his undergraduate degree. He opted to not return to the Alabama Symphony and headed to the University of Southern California to study with David Allen Moore. Five months into his studies at USC, Dan won a position with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Dr. Jacqueline Pickett has built a remarkable career as a double bass performer, educator, and community activist. From managing nonprofits to launching programs in the public schools, Jacqueline has been a major force for good in the double bass world
Oregon Symphony and Grant Park Orchestra principal bassist Colin Corner performs "Romanze" by Richard Strauss , Anderson Sonata No. 2, the Weinberg Sonata, and "Chorale" by Nicholas Walker
Today’s episode is a deep-dive into double bass strings. We take a look at D’Addario’s Kaplan, Zyex, and Helicore strings and learn more about how these strings play, feel, and sound. You’ll hear perspectives from the following D’Addario Orchestral Artists: Alexis Cuadrado - New York-based jazz bassist, composer, and educator Andres Martin - Mexico-based soloist and composer Barry Green - Inner Game of Music author Daniel Kimbro - Grammy-nominated bassist for Jerry Douglas Band and m
I’ve known Dan Chmielinski for over a decade, and it has been a real pleasure watching his career unfold. Dan grew up in metro Chicago, and I had the privilege of being his bass teacher through middle and high school. Dan has toured the world, performing with artists such as Joey Alexander, Wynton Marsalis, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Jeff "Tain" Watts. His main project right now is Four by Four. Here’s a link to their trailer on YouTube.