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  • Reader Spotlight: Rachel Rhodes

    Reader Spotlight: Rachel Rhodes

    Meet Rachel Rhodes, a musician who started life in Austin, Texas and now lives in France playing music and working on mobile games. While she started on other instruments, she credits her dad with showing her the way, with plenty of James Jamerson, Chuck Rainey, David Hood, and others in rotation. Rachel is this week’s... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Adam Duym

    Reader Spotlight: Adam Duym

    Meet Adam Duym, a trumpeter-turned-bassist who now teaches music for a living, as well as actively gigs in a band and as a sub. Adam is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!) Here’s his story… Bio: I was your quintessential “band nerd” in high school, playing trumpet in the... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Dave Siff

    Reader Spotlight: Dave Siff

    Meet Dave Siff, a bassist and dad who takes playing bass and gigging seriously while also having a lot of fun. And he gets the role of bassist. Dave is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!) Here’s his story… Bio: I’m pretty much your run-of-the-mill suburban dad who refuses... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Roy Eraca

    Reader Spotlight: Roy Eraca

    Meet Roy Eraca, who got his start on bass after making a promise to improve his grades (he did, and his reward was a new bass guitar). Since then, Roy has gone from being a “closet player” to a gigging one. Roy is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!)... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: 30 Years Later

    Jaco Pastorius: 30 Years Later

    Today marks 30 years since Jaco Pastorius passed away. Though three decades have come and gone, his approach to the bass and singular voice on the instrument is still strongly felt. We remember him today with a collection of reader favorite videos and transcriptions from our archives »

  • Reader Spotlight: Nick Castledine

    Reader Spotlight: Nick Castledine

    Nick Castledine lives an interesting life, working as a mechanical engineer (and on his Ph.D. in robotics) while balancing a healthy gigging schedule. He started on saxophone until an opportunity in a metal band came up, which is when he made the switch to bass. Nick is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight... »

  • Off Beat: An Interview with Katie Thiroux

    Off Beat: An Interview with Katie Thiroux

    Bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux is having a good year, to put it mildly. She just spent the summer in residence at Quincy Jones’s new jazz club in Dubai, and her sophomore album, , was released in August. Now she’s supporting the album with a U.S. trek followed by a tour of Denmark. Produced by... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Zach Fowler

    Reader Spotlight: Zach Fowler

    Meet Zach Fowler, a bassist living and working in Nashville. Zach got his start on bass thanks to his parents, who bought him a bass for Christmas as a kid, and decided since they spent the money, he should probably give it a shot. The rest is history. Zach is this week’s No Treble reader... »

  • In Memoriam: Holger Czukay

    In Memoriam: Holger Czukay

    Holger Czukay, who co-founded and played bass in the experimental rock band Can, has died from unknown causes. He was 79 years old. Czukay was born in what is now GdaƄsk, Poland in 1938. He worked at a radio repair shop where he became interested in electrical engineering and the sound of radio broadcasts. This... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Colin Nee

    Reader Spotlight: Colin Nee

    Meet Colin Nee, a bassist who works by day in a job he says is “not rock & roll,” but manages to make time for music on nights and weekends. Among his musical life, Colin performs in a Johnny Cash tribute band, who regularly plays in a former prison. How cool is that? Colin is... »