Roy Vogt took up the instrument in Texas at 14, inspired by Jack Bruce, Jack Cassidy, Chris Hillman and Noel Redding. His first mentor, Dallas bassist Ed Garcia, turned him onto the playing of Ray Brown and Stanley Clarke and detoured the young bassist into jazz and fusion. Roy worked in a variety of Rock, Funk and Country bands in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area until he joined the Texas fusion band Aurora.
This led to gigs opening for Larry Coryell and the LA Express and allowed Roy to meet and learn from Stanley Clarke, Miroslav Vitous, and Max Bennett. The music of the Dixie Dregs, Mark Egan with Pat Metheny, and Jaco Pastorius led Roy to the University of Miami Jazz program, where he received the first Masters in Electric Bass Performance awarded in the US in 1980.
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Jeff Berlin is a legend of the electric bass. Simply put, he is considered by many to be the finest electric bass player in the world. Surprisingly, he is a pioneer of slap bass when he brought this new percussive-style bass playing in 1979 to the second Bill Bruford album, “One of a Kind”, on the tune called 5G. Jeff also pioneered two handed tapping when he performed this style on Motherlode from his 1985 release of his first solo album called “Champion”.
Jeff is also the founder of The Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida, Jeff has also been at the front of music education for almost 30 years.
Jeff's numerous recording credits include albums with Bill Bruford, Yes, Allan Holdsworth, Kazumi Watanabe, and George Benson. Jeff has released six highly acclaimed solo records, Champion, Pump It!, Taking Notes, In Harmony's Way, Lumpy Jazz and Aneurythms. Jeff tours with his band that has featured Danny Gottlieb, Paul Wertico,Othello Molineaux, Randy Brecker and Richard Drexler. He also tours with BX3, a bass conglomeration that includes the great bass players Stuart Hamm and Billy Sheehan. Jeff has also been working 24/7 on his solo projects. Jeff's latest CD is called 'Aneurythms'.... To hear clips of my friend Jeff Berlin Solo CD's click on link..................
Producer/engineer Bob Bullock began his lifelong career in the music business while still a senior in high school. Living in the Los Angeles area, he made his way up the ranks as a studio engineer, training under such greats as Humberto Gatica, Reggie Dozier, Barney Perkins, Roy Haley and Roger Nichols. He quickly became a top engineer himself and worked with a variety of acts, including The Tubes, Art Garfunkel, Seals and Crofts, Chic Corea and REO Speedwagon.
Bob Bullock's engineering credits while living in Nashville include over fifty gold and platinum albums, including Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Billy Dean, John Anderson, Hank Williams Jr., Jimmy Buffet and Suzy Boggus.
Bob Bullock is currently mixing projects for Bill Labounty with Larry Carlton and Danny Parks, and for new artist, Pete Stringfellow.
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Nathan East's breakthrough came while he was a member of a band named Power. They were hired as the road band for a Stax revue. The recognition brought the attention of Barry White, who hired the band for a national tour. Still a teenager, Nathan East became a member of the Love Unlimited Orchestra ("Love's Theme") playing Madison Square Garden, the Apollo Theater, and other major venues. Nathan East earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from University of California at San Diego. He was starting to work on a master's degree when instructor Bertram Turetzky suggested that he already had enough education and that it was time for him to go to Los Angeles to try and start a lucrative music career.
Nathan East's reputation grew on the L.A. session scene, so did his job calls. From that point on, East worked consistently. He did sessions for Lionel Richie ("Endless Love," Kenny Rogers' "Lady") and Kenny Loggins ("Vox Humana," "Footloose"). He toured with Loggins (appearing with the singer on a late-'90s Live By Request installment on the A&E network) and with keyboardist Greg Phillinganes and drummer Steve Ferrone as part of Eric Clapton's late-'80s band.
In 1990, while recording Bob James' Grand Piano Canyon album, the keyboardist asked East, Lee Ritenour, and Harvey Mason if they'd be interested in forming a group where each member would be an equal partner and could contribute songs. James, who worked for Warner Bros.' jazz A&R department, got them a deal with the label; a couple of months later, the group now known as Fourplay began recording their debut album. Their first record, 1991's Fourplay, sold half a million copies and it remained at number one on Billboard's contemporary jazz charts for 33 weeks. Their next LP, 1993's Between the Sheets, reached number one, went gold, and received a Grammy nomination. In 1995, their third gold album, Elixir, inherited the number one position from Kenny G's Breathless and held on to the top spot for a record 92 weeks. Fourplay's 4 album entered the jazz charts at number one.
Ritenour, whose guitar work in tandem with James’ keyboards served as the cornerstone of the early Fourplay sound, left the lineup in the mid-1990s and was replaced by Larry Carlton (The Crusaders, Joni Mitchell, Quincy Jones). Fourplay recent members are: Nathan East, Bob James,Larry Carlton and Harvey Mason.
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Legendary Bassist Leland Sklar has contributed to over 2,000 albums! Legendary Bassist Leland Sklar studied at California State University, Northridge. It was during that time he met James Taylor, who invited him to play bass. Taylor's career took off with his first hit records, and Legendary Bassist Leland Sklar came into the limelight. His very recognizable bass playing style has been heard on hits by Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, and George Strait, to name just a few. For more on the Legendary Bassist Leland Sklar and the artist's he has recorded with click on link....
Abraham Laboriel, Sr. has played on over 4,000 recordings and soundtracks. Guitar Player Magazine described him as: "the most widely used session bassist of our time".
Originally a classically trained guitarist, he switched to bass guitar while studying at the Berklee School of Music. Henry Mancini encouraged Laboriel to move to Los Angeles, California and pursue a recording career. Since then, Abraham Laboriel has worked with artists as diverse as Donald Fagen, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Dave Grusin, Andy Pratt, Stevie Wonder, Hanson. Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Billy Cobham, Dolly Parton, Elton John, Ray Charles, Madonna, Paul Simon, Keith Green, Alvaro Lopez and Res-Q Band, Lisa Loeb, Quincy Jones, Russ Taff, Engelbert Humperdinck, Umberto Tozzi,Ron Kenoly, Rabito, Mylène Farmer, Crystal Lewis, Chris Isaak, Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Landau and Michael Jackson.
For more on Legendary bassist Abraham Laboriel, clips of CD's and Video's.
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Grammy-nominated bass guitar player Anthony Jackson initially invented what has now caught on as the “six-string bass,” - a bass guitar tuned B-E-A-D-G-C. His idea, which he called the contrabass guitar, precedes any modern standard six string bass by at least twenty years. Jackson said that the idea for adding more strings to what was previously the “Fender bass” came from a limited range and frustration with the decreased sonority and loss of upper range of de-tuned strings.
Though Anthony Jackson came up with the idea some years previously, and first approached various luthiers about the construction of his idea in about 1974, he began playing the six string bass exclusively in 1981. Carl Thompson built the first 6-string for Jackson in 1975. But he later switched to basses built by Vinnie Fodera and Joey Lauricella.
Anthony Jackson has worked with : Michel Camilo,Chick Corea,Billy Cobham,Steely Dan,
Al Di Meola,Donald Fagen,Roberta Flack,Steve Gadd,Chaka Khan,Steve Khan,Wayne Krantz,
Bireli Lagrene,Bireli Lagrene,Pat Metheny,Bireli Lagrene,Michel Petrucciani,Simon Phillip,
Lee Ritenour,Alejandro Sanz,Paul Simon,Mike Stern,Hiromi,Michael Urbaniak,Dave Weckl and others.
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Jaco Pastorius (December 1, 1951–September 21, 1987) widely acknowledged for his skills as an electric bass player, as well as his command of varied musical styles including jazz, jazz fusion, funk, and jazz-funk. He is also regarded as one of the most skilled and influential bass players of all time. Jaco's playing style was noteworthy for containing intricate solos in the higher register. His innovations also included the use of harmonics and the "singing" quality of his melodies on fretless bass. Jaco was also known for using Chord Melody on the bass.
Jaco had two Grammy Award nominations for his self-titled debut album. Jaco was inducted into Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988, one of only four bassists to be so honored (the others being Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton, and Ray Brown), and the only electric bassist to receive this distinction.
Recordings of Jaco Pastorius include: Jaco Pastorius, Word of Mouth, Invitation, Pat Metheny Bright size life. DVD's Include: Modern Electric Bass, Jaco Pastorius, Live and Outrageous.
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Here is a cool link to my good friend and Bass player Crystal Fawn. Crystal has done interviews on some of the top bass players in todays music. Crystal Fawn site rocks! check it out.Click on link for more.........
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Nov 21, 2019
If I had to take one effect with me it would be the Eventide PitchFactor Pedal. I have had the PitchFactor since it came out. Eventide always listen to players ...
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By NY Times: Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments
"A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars."
— NY Times
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What can I say about Jay Graydon. He has done so much for me, Thanks aren't enough.
Between the late 60s and the late 70s Jay played on practically every "A" list session in Los Angeles, acquiring a glowing reputation as an ace studio guitarist/ solo specialist on numerous albums with Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, The Jackson Five, Cheap Trick, Christopher Cross, Ray Charles, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Olivia Newton-John, and Albert King just to name a few.
you will find everything about this twice Grammy awarded (Best R&B songs) and 12 times Grammy nominated (among the top 5 finalists) Los Angeles top songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, producer, engineer, and more. To check out Jay's killer gear, studio, CD's and happening projects.
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