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Kevin JohnsonNo Treble managing editor Kevin Johnson got his start on bass in middle school playing double bass in the orchestra, eventually picking up an electric bass in high school to form a metal band with his best friend. Kevin was introduced to Jazz in college at Shenandoah University, where he graduated with a major in Music Production and Recording Technology.

Since then, he has been a freelance bassist throughout Virginia and has had the pleasure of playing workshops with artists such as clarinetist Eddie Daniels and drummer Ignacio Berroa. He also plays bass for the Ambrose Band.

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.

Kevin is a true bass enthusiast and activist. In addition to writing for No Treble, he is a board member 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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  • Providence, LTD Announces Anadime Bass Chorus Pedal

    Providence, LTD Announces Anadime Bass Chorus Pedal

    Providence, LTD has introduced the Anadime Bass Chorus pedal. Based around a bucket brigade device analog delay line, the pedal has depth and speed knobs as well as a three-position DEEP switch to dial in your tone. It also has a high-pass filter knob that controls the amount of chorus in the lower register. Other... »

  • Grip Studios Introduces Zombie Grip Wall Hanger

    Grip Studios Introduces Zombie Grip Wall Hanger

    Grip Studios has expanded their Axcent Hand Grip series with the Zombie Grip. The hand-shaped wall hanger can support basses, guitars, and other stringed instruments. Made in Detroit, the Zombie Grip is made from a durable resin with felt on the wrist area to protect your wall. TAH3 cushioned inserts in the hand protect your... »

  • Mike Frost Band: Come Together/Kashmir

    Mike Frost Band: Come Together/Kashmir

    Mike Frost sent in this awesome video of his band mixing two great classic rock songs with a funky attitude. Frost kicks off “Come Together” with a modified slap version of Paul McCartney’s iconic bass line before the band comes in. The jam evolves into a wild bass solo that Frost then uses to segue... »

  • ZZ Top Postpones Tour for Dusty Hill Surgery

    ZZ Top Postpones Tour for Dusty Hill Surgery

    ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill has been sidelined after suffering from kidney stones. The bearded four-stringer will need surgery to remove them, which will force the band to postpone the launch of their summer tour. “ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is slated to undergo surgery to remove two kidney stones this week, necessitating a delay... »

  • Amanda Ruzza and Mauricio Zottarelli: No Glasses, Part 2

    Amanda Ruzza and Mauricio Zottarelli: No Glasses, Part 2

    Amanda Ruzza has teamed up with drummer Mauricio Zottarelli for a cool new project aptly called Ruzza/Zottarelli. The duo is releasing Glasses, No Glasses in September. The album also features keyboardist Leo Genovese, who has worked with Esperanza Spalding. All of the tracks were improvised on the spot. “Everything was live, with no overdubs. Only... »

  • Bass of the Week: Lowe Custom Guitars Chromasonic

    Bass of the Week: Lowe Custom Guitars Chromasonic

    Luthier Brad Lowe launched his custom instrument business in 2009 in order to combine his lifelong interests of the musical, visual, and industrial arts. His flagship bass model called the Chromasonic is proof that he’s on the right track. Available in 4- and 5-string versions, the bass is designed with a unique body shape that... »

  • TC Electronic Announces Limited Edition Ditto Looper Gold

    TC Electronic Announces Limited Edition Ditto Looper Gold

    TC Electronic is re-issuing the original Ditto Looper with a limited edition gold-colored run of the compact looping pedal. Limited to 5,000 units, the pedal will retain the same features as its predecessor including its true-bypass, analog dry-through design. The Ditto Looper simplifies the concept of a looping pedal with a single footswitch for starting... »

  • Jimmy Blanton: Bass Solo on “Sepia Panorama”

    Jimmy Blanton: Bass Solo on “Sepia Panorama”

    Even in the few years he was able to make a name for himself, Jimmy Blanton helped change the face of jazz bass. Blanton, who was cited as an influence by the likes of Ray Brown and Charles Mingus, drove the bass into the spotlight as a viable solo instrument by playing horn-like melodies, but... »

  • OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

    OZZtosh Introduces LUMA Aluminum Body Bass

    OZZtosh unveiled their latest creation, the LUMA Bass, at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee last week. The bass follows suit with the rest of their LUMA series and is CNC machined from a 6061 solid aluminum billet. The instrument is then hand polished and assembled in the U.S. Weighing in at 8.7 pounds,... »

  • PreSonus Introduces Capture for iPad and Capture Duo

    PreSonus Introduces Capture for iPad and Capture Duo

    PreSonus has ported their Capture audio-recording software to the iPad with two new apps: and . Capture for iPad allows for recording up to 32 tracks simultaneously with 24-bit, 96 kHz fidelity, while Capture Duo is a free version that lets you record and play two stereo tracks. Both apps focus on recording but come... »