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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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  • Steve Lawson: Looping Improv

    Steve Lawson: Looping Improv

    Steve Lawson is a master of looping and effects to create enormous soundscapes. He recently sent us this great clip of an improv session that turned out very musical. “[It] started out as a video test and ended up featuring some rather nice music, sort of by accident,” Lawson shares. “It starts out with an... »

  • Mike Gordon Announces Interactive Tour

    Mike Gordon Announces Interactive Tour

    Mike Gordon has announced he’ll be be hitting the road in June in support of his latest album, Overstep. Starting in Charleston, South Carolina, the tour will focus on the East Coast and Midwest with 16 dates. It wraps up June 28th at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. Gordon will be joined by guitarist Scott Murawski, percussionist... »

  • BadBadNotGood: Kaleidoscope

    BadBadNotGood: Kaleidoscope

    If you like jazz, hip hop, and a little bit of punk, this video is for you. BadBadNotGood’s genre bending style ranges from intimate to epic, and it’s all showcased in this clip of their song “Kaleidoscope” from a performance at the Moran Plant in Burlington, Vermont. Bassist Chester Hansen lays it down with innovative... »

  • Artisan Bass Works Announces Fidelity Bass Series

    Artisan Bass Works Announces Fidelity Bass Series

    Artisan Bass Works has introduced the Fidelity Series of basses, which they describe as the pinnacle of five years of development and testing. Featuring their ANSIR angled neck technology, the Fidelity series is available in several configurations with the main version being the Fidelity Maple. The Fidelity Maple comes with a figured maple bookmatched top... »

  • Richard Bona and MonoNeon: Engingilaye

    Richard Bona and MonoNeon: Engingilaye

    One of the best parts about social media is the spread of great art and inspiration. Bassist Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas has a knack for harnessing that inspiration into new creations by taking existing videos and adding his own bass line to them to put a new spin or idea on the original. Here’s a great... »

  • Hartke Introduces 210 HyDrive Cab

    Hartke Introduces 210 HyDrive Cab

    Hartke has expanded their HyDrive series of bass cabinets with a 2×10″ model. The 210 HyDrive Cab is fitted with a pair of the company’s 10-inch HyDrive paper/aluminum hybrid cone drivers with neodymium magnets as well as a 1-inch tweeter. Built with solid plywood construction, the new cab weighs in under 40 pounds and is... »

  • Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Berghofer

    Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Berghofer

    As a member of the Wrecking Crew, Chuck Berghofer helped change the sound of popular music. His big, warm bass sound has laid the foundation for artists from A to Z with recordings by Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Christina Aguilera, Frank Zappa, The Beach Boys, Diana Krall, Robbie Williams, and more. It has also set... »

  • Esperanza Spalding Announces New Project, Tour Dates

    Esperanza Spalding Announces New Project, Tour Dates

    After wrapping up her successful Radio Music Society tour cycle, Esperanza Spalding has announced she’ll be hitting the road this Spring and Summer in support of a new project. Emily’s D+Evolution is described as rekindling the bassist’s childhood interest in theater, poetry and movement to expand her performances. “Emily is my middle name, and I’m... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bilodeau Basses #010

    Bass of the Week: Bilodeau Basses #010

    Bass #010 is a landmark instrument for Bilodeau Basses. Completed in 2011, the intricately designed bass was the culmination of years of work and the last before luthier Mathieu Bilodeau took a break from building to focus on his family. “I managed to complete his instrument in fall 2011 which represent the last bass before... »

  • Hiatus Kaiyote: Nakamarra

    Hiatus Kaiyote: Nakamarra

    A friend of mine recently turned me on to Hiatus Kaiyote, and I’m glad she did. The Australian neo-soul quartet has a buttery sound that’s fronted by singer/guitarist Nai Palm and supported by the fresh grooves of bassist Paul Bender. Here’s a great clip of the band playing through their song “Nakamarra” live on WNYC’s... »