Meet Steve Harris, a bassist from Long Beach, California, and our bassist in the spotlight for November 9, 2010.
A former bar band road dog, I came to L.A. to be a rock star. I did the strip big hair band thing. When grunge hit, I went back to my first love – playing jazz. I now have my own jazz quartet and perform in the L.A./long beach area.
Long Beach, California, USA
40 years or so….
Bands & Gigs:
I have my own jazz quartet – a collective of very fine musicians. Clubs/gallerys/street faires – we’ll play anywhere. We just love to make music!
- 76 P-Bass w/birdseye charvel neck – p/j pickups – badass bridge
- 2 Lakland Skyline 44-01s
- 1988 (pre-Fender) Kubicki Factor bass
- White Kramer Ferrington, complete with pointy headstock
- SWR Redhead (pre-Fender)
- Genz Benz 3.0 shuttle
Why I play the bass:
My two older brothers quit guitar after a few lessons. My parents wouldn’t shell out the money for mine (“you’ll never stick with it”), so in junior high I joined the beginner orchestra to learn how to play bass.
My bass superpower/claim to fame
I did a 6 month tour with The Grassroots (“Live for Today”, “Wait a Million Years”, “Temptation Eyes”) in the late 70’s. Of course by then, there were no original members left, just the second drummer. Still, a cool gig at the time.
The usual – Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Rocco Prestia, Chris Squire… Listened to a lot of Ron Carter when I first started. Current guys: Victor Wooten, Adam Nitti, Richard Bona…