Category Archives: Jazz

Christian McBride: Your sound is your signature

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Jazz Skateboards

      More sports in 2016? Here you go: get a skateboard from manufacturer Western Union featuring Jazz heroes like Miles Davis, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker … Western Union also offers boards for double bassists, featuring pictures of Richard Davis, … Continue reading

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Bassist of the Day: Scott LaFaro

Today would be the 78th birthday of the great Scott LaFaro, who died in a car accident in 1961. LaFaro is best known as the bassist in Bill Evans’ groundbreaking trio, and also worked with Chet Baker, Ornette Coleman, Sonny … Continue reading

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Video of the day: Adam Ben Ezra

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New practising materials is a new website by Geoff Chalmers, providing freely available video lessons for double bass in HD quality. Geoff covers topics like standing posture, sitting position and good posture, scales and arpeggios, cycles of 5ths, right hand exercises, accurate … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Charlie and Paul!

Today, it’s the birthday of two great Jazz double bassists: Charlie Mingus was born on April, 22 in 1922, and Paul Chamber was born the same day in 1935. So it seems that July (April minus 9 months) is a … Continue reading

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Dennis’ Bass

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John Clayton’s Bass Tips

Bassist John Clayton has published a couple of instructional videos on Youtube. He covers basic topics like how to tune the bass and how to hold the instrument, but also left hand technique and how to use and play tenths. … Continue reading

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How bass Solos Ruined Jazz

Bass solos suck. Let’s face it, the ponderous, unwieldy bottom feeder is the least interesting jazz instrument, lacking even the visual appeal of drum solos. … says Alan Kurtz at In his opinion, one man changed it all: Scott LaFaro. … Continue reading

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Ray Brown about playing without amplification

In talking about Blanton before you were mentioning the difficulties bassists had in big bands because of the lack of amplification. Now, you had to play very fast with Dizzy Gillespie. Did you have amplification by that time? How did … Continue reading

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