Participating in the first International Jazz Day festivities at the United Nations in New York City on April 30, 2012 was a marvelous and unique experience. This photo of yours truly was taken by bandmate, saxophonist and friend Peter Brainin at sound-check the day before. We both played in Bobby Sanabria‘s Quarteto Aché for the “Latin Jazz” segment of the evening. Candido Camero and Shiela E were featured artists with the quartet. The video of the entire show is quite inspirational.
- Acoustic Bass
- Bass Violin
- Bull Fiddle
- Standup Bass
- Upright Bass
Jam session bassist
Observes fourteen soloists
Say, do you guys know
“Wedding Song” by Kenny G?
Buy the damn record
- Won't steal your gig
- He looks and smells good.
- He has nice instruments and amps.
- Owns a car.
- “You know… bass players… Sometimes they got to go gardening. You know… root, root, root.”
- “Darling, you're Marble-less.”
A C, E-flat, and a G go into a bar. The bartender says: “Sorry, but we don’t serve minors.” So the E-flat leaves, and the C and the G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished and the G is out flat. An F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough.
Continue reading “Notes from the Bar”
It was a balmy night out and I was feeling thelonious. I hadn’t had any tatum in so long I could have bixed a choir girl.
But I wouldn’t have to. The moment I entered the Luboff Lounge, the babe with the giant eubies fixed me with a “come duke me’ look. She uncrossed her legs and I could see almost all the way to birdland. I felt a tingle in my tito puente, and with a smile, I had her.
Continue reading “Jazzed”
In the beginning there was a bass. It was a Fender. Probably a Precision, but it could have been a Jazz… nobody knows for sure. Anyway, it was very old… definitely pre-C.B.S.
And God looked down upon it and saw that it was good. He saw that it was very good and could not be improved upon although men would later try.
Continue reading “The Curse of the Bass Player (A Cautionary Tale)”
- Never recommend anyone who plays better than you.
- Always suck up (leaders, bartenders, bride and/or groom, management, etc.)
- If you don't know it, play harmony.
- Double book, then choose.
- Always assume the leader knows nothing.
- Always degrade types of music you can't play or know nothing about.
- Always bring your own cards, and solicit during breaks.
- Notes they cannot cash.
- Bars they can't lean on.
- Scales that weigh nothing.
- Flats they can't live in.
- They are not policemen, yet they have their beats.