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  • Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

    Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

    Ida Nielsen has gone by several names, including Ida Funkhouser and Bassida, but one thing has always stayed consistent: her rock solid funk style. The Danish bassist was building her own artistic empire with her band and a pair of solo albums when Prince handpicked her to be his bassist. Starting in 2010, Nielsen toured... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Phil Mann

    Reader Spotlight: Phil Mann

    Meet Phil Mann, a busy bassist, journalist and educator living in London. Just looking at Phil’s gig list is impressive enough, and we loved his answer to the “Day Gig” question. Phil is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I’m a graduate of the Players School Of Music in... »

  • In Memoriam: Preston Hubbard

    In Memoriam: Preston Hubbard

    Bassist Preston Hubbard, who held down the low end for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, has passed away. He was 63 years old. Hubbard was born in Providence, Rhode Island and picked up the bass at 14 years old. He joined Roomful of Blues as a young man, where he was part of the first backing band... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Marcin Sypniewski

    Reader Spotlight: Marcin Sypniewski

    Meet Marcin Sypniewski, a high school student in Poland who stays busy with school and fills every extra minute with his musical pursuit. Marcin got his start like many bassists – no one was playing the bass when he formed a band with friends – but he’s extremely happy with how that turned out. Marcin... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Dave Lowenthal

    Reader Spotlight: Dave Lowenthal

    Meet Dave Lowenthal, a bassist who spends his time gigging around NYC – primarily in a band known as Phantom Pop. Dave is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I studied music and recording in my home state of Massachusetts and then moved to NYC without my instrument to... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Antonis Mikelis

    Reader Spotlight: Antonis Mikelis

    Antonis Mikelis borrowed a bass while attending college, and the rest is history. Now he spends his time playing, teaching and running sound. Antonis is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: Born on the small but picturesque island of Milos in Greece, his first introduction to music was classical... »

  • Bass Tendencies: An Interview with Ra Diaz

    Bass Tendencies: An Interview with Ra Diaz

    Suicidal Tendencies has a legacy of great bassists. Louiche Mayorga, Tim “Rawbiz” Williams, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo have all held the throne, just to name a few. Earlier this year, bassist Ra Diaz stepped up to the plate to carry on the tradition. It’s been a bit of a dream come true... »

  • In Memoriam: Lewie Steinberg

    In Memoriam: Lewie Steinberg

    Original Booker T. & the M.G.’s bassist Lewie Steinberg has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 82 years old. Steinberg was born in 1933 in Memphis, Tennessee. While many people associate Donald “Duck” Dunn with the M.G.’s, Steinberg was the group’s first bassist and recorded on the first two albums: Green Onions... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Ben Titus

    Reader Spotlight: Ben Titus

    Meet Ben Titus, a multi-instrumentalist who calls himself a bassist first, and who keeps busy with a variety of music-related gigs. Ben in this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I’m a born and raised Virginia native who is a recent transplant to the Mid-West. Music has alternately been my... »

  • Oceans of Love: Chuck Rainey’s Life in Music

    Oceans of Love: Chuck Rainey’s Life in Music

    “I wouldn’t be the musician I am today without Chuck Rainey,” said Victor Wooten. “If there was a musical soundtrack put to my childhood, Chuck would have played bass on most of it.” We should have taken Wooten’s adulation as fact, but we weren’t sure. Was Rainey some sort of musical superhero? As bass players,... »