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Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

No Treble managing editor Kevin Johnson is a freelance bassist in the Northern Virginia area. Though his performances revolve around jazz, Kevin appreciates all genres of music, from R&B to metal and everything in between. A trip to Mali sparked his interest in world music, especially African artists including Toumani Diabate, the Four Brothers, and bassist Bakithi Kumalo.

He regularly performs with the Caleb Nei Jazz Trio and singer-songwriter Kipyn Martin. He has also had the pleasure of playing workshops with artists such as clarinetist Eddie Daniels and drummer Ignacio Berroa.

Kevin is a true bass enthusiast and activist. In addition to writing for No Treble, he is Jazz Division Head for the Bass Coalition, which seeks to foster community and education through promoting local bass events including workshops, performances, and other events.

Kevin is always happy to hear from No Treble readers. Feel free to contact him with news, events, or just to say hi!

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  • Sly and the Family Stone: “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and “I Want To Take You Higher”

    Sly and the Family Stone: “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and “I Want To Take You Higher”

    “Hot Fun in the Summertime” is the perfect song for the season, and “I Want To Take You Higher” is a bass masterpiece. Larry Graham throws it down in this medley of the two songs. The mix on this clip is a little wonky, but luckily the bass is turned up nice and high. »

  • Bass of the Week: Nichols Guitar Company Seas of Cheese Bass

    Bass of the Week: Nichols Guitar Company Seas of Cheese Bass

    Just like with music, great bass designs often come from the inspiration of other basses. That’s the case with our featured bass this week: the Nichols Guitar Company’s Seas of Cheese Bass. As the name suggests, the model is inspired by the famous Carl Thompson basses used by Primus’s Les Claypool. “The design was inspired... »

  • Levy’s Leathers Introduces Ryder Strap

    Levy’s Leathers Introduces Ryder Strap

    Levy’s Leathers had introduced the Ryder Strap, which they call an old classic reborn. The design is known for its use by rockabilly artists. Its 1-inch wide strap is fitted with an adjustable pad for comfort. The strap is made entirely from veg-tan leathers with two contrasting colors and orange saddle stitching for visual appeal.... »

  • Spector Adds Walnut Stain Model to Legend Neck-Thru Series

    Spector Adds Walnut Stain Model to Legend Neck-Thru Series

    Spector has expanded their Legend series of instruments with the Legend Neck-Thru Walnut Stain bass. Available in four- and five-string versions, the model features the company’s flagship NS body design built with a figured maple top and carved maple body finished in a rich walnut stain. The bass is fitted with a pair of passive... »

  • Megadeth Announces Tour with Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok

    Megadeth Announces Tour with Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok

    Megadeth have announced a new 18-date tour for September and October, and the billing is insane. The iconic metal group will be joined by Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok. If you’re a metal bass fan, that means you get to see David Ellefson, Ted Lundström, Ra Diaz, Steve Unger, and Nick Schendzielos... »

  • LedBelli Bass Guitars Unveils Majestic Model

    LedBelli Bass Guitars Unveils Majestic Model

    Luthier Cleve Johnson of LeBelli Basses has unveiled a new flagship model called the Majestic. The bass, which is the company’s seventh model, sets itself apart in shape as well as construction. “The Majestic is a departure from the rest of the LedBelli line in that it is the only LedBelli model that does not... »

  • Bass of the Week: Maurizio Ūber Basses Ūber-Groove 4 Single Cut

    Bass of the Week: Maurizio Ūber Basses Ūber-Groove 4 Single Cut

    This week we’re checking out an Ūber-Groove 4 Single Cut by Maurizio Ūber Basses called The Promise. The bass features a stunning Monkeypod top over an Asian mahogany body. “The Promise was built for a client who, among other gigs, plays regularly at church,” MūB explains. “Being a religious man, he wanted his bass to... »

  • Wood Brothers Add Fall Leg to 2016 U.S. Tour

    Wood Brothers Add Fall Leg to 2016 U.S. Tour

    The Wood Brothers, anchored by bassist extraordinaire Chris Wood, have announced Fall tour dates to fill out their 2016 tour. The three-piece, Nashville-based band are continuing their trek in support of their latest album, Paradise. Starting in Birmingham, Alabama on October 6th, the newly revealed performances will focus on the Southeast and Midwest. November will... »

  • Stonefield Musical Instruments Introduces Freekbass Signature Model

    Stonefield Musical Instruments Introduces Freekbass Signature Model

    New Zealand’s Stonefield Musical Instruments has teamed up with Freekbass to produce a signature model. Based on the company’s Model 1-4C, the bass has special tweaks to fit the funk bassist’s style. “Using the dense and somewhat brittle African wenge for the top wood and Solomon Island ebony for the fingerboard adds a bite to... »

  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Breath of a Salesman

    The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Breath of a Salesman

    Les Claypool’s latest project with Sean Lennon, aptly named The Claypool Lennon Delirium, is everything you’d imagine it would be. Built upon the bassist’s unmistakeable style, the band has a mind-altering style of rock and psychedelia. Check out this clip of “Breath of a Salesman” taken from The Late Late Show with James Corden. The... »