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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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  • Darkglass Electronics Launches Microtubes 900 Bass Amp

    Darkglass Electronics Launches Microtubes 900 Bass Amp

    After showing a prototype at the NAMM Show this year, Darkglass Electronics is now shipping their first bass amplifier. The Microtubes 900 offers several upgrades from the prototype including extra power and an intuitive footswitch. Its design includes an all-analog preamplifier matched to a Class D Power module that dishes out 900 watts. Darkglass explains... »

  • Fender Introduces T-Bucket 300E Bass

    Fender Introduces T-Bucket 300E Bass

    Fender has revamped their T-Bucket series for 2016, including the introduction of the 300E Bass. The medium-scale, acoustic-electric bass is fitted with a Fishman Isys III pickup system. It comes complete with an active preamp and built-in tuner as well as volume and tone controls. The T-Bucket 300E Bass is constructed with mahogany back and... »

  • Cliff Williams Officially Retires from AC/DC

    Cliff Williams Officially Retires from AC/DC

    After announcing it earlier this year, Cliff Williams has officially retired from AC/DC after a nearly 40 year run. The bassist joined the band in 1977, just two years after their debut album, and played on every subsequent release. “I’m just ready to get off the road,” Williams stated in a video interview. “[I need]... »

  • Peter Hook and the Light Embark on North American “Substance” Tour

    Peter Hook and the Light Embark on North American “Substance” Tour

    Peter Hook and the Light are returning to North America this Fall to perform the works of Joy Division and New Order. The trek will have the bassist revisit his former bands by performing Joy Division and New Order’s compilation albums Substance live, sequentially and in their entireties. “Released in August 1987, New Order’s Substance... »

  • Jens Ritter Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Coffee Table Book

    Jens Ritter Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Coffee Table Book

    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Jens Ritter Instruments, and the bass maker is celebrating with a commemorative book of his work. “I started my career as an instrument maker in 1996. Now in September 2016 I am celebrating my 20th anniversary with a coffee table book with pictures of my favorite instruments from... »

  • Alex Bershadsky, Oz Noy, Nathaniel Townsley & Kama Kamila: POP-001

    Alex Bershadsky, Oz Noy, Nathaniel Townsley & Kama Kamila: POP-001

    Alex Bershadsky has teased his upcoming album with a new video for the song, “POP-001”. Besides the bassist’s incredible strumming and slap playing, the tune features heavyweight musicians with guitarist Oz Noy, drummer Nathaniel Townsley, and vocalist Kama Kamila. If this is any indicator of its direction, we’re really looking forward to the new album! »

  • Ibanez Unveils Limited Edition SR Premium Bass

    Ibanez Unveils Limited Edition SR Premium Bass

    Ibanez is making a special run of heir SR Premium bass for 2016. The SR5SMLTD Premium is a five-string model that will sport a spalted maple top, birdseye maple fingerboard, and birdseye maple pickup covers to exude what the company calls a rare exotic charm. As a member of the Premium line, the bass carries... »

  • Bass of the Week: Pachyderm Basses Blonde Bass

    Bass of the Week: Pachyderm Basses Blonde Bass

    Les Claypool has always played distinct basses, and this week we’re checking out one of those basses he helped design: The Pachyderm Basses Blonde Bass. Claypool worked with luthier and longtime friend Dan Maloney to form the company and create his idea of the ultimate bass. “My idea was to incorporate the traits of the... »

  • Storksky & Fortheloveofbass: Fracas Maracas

    Storksky & Fortheloveofbass: Fracas Maracas

    Ivo Schot, aka Fortheloveofbass, is back again with a new collaboration. In his fourth bass and vocal song, he teams up with the Dutch artist Storksky for a version of the song “Fracas Maracas.” “[It’s] a rock tune with a lot of grit,” Schot shares. “The song features a 1956 Danelectro Longhorn bass, which is... »

  • Cort Announces AB850F Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Cort Announces AB850F Acoustic Bass Guitar

    Cort Guitars has expanded their bass lineup with the AB850F, an acoustic bass guitar featuring a full-size, jumbo body that the company says produces plenty of volume. The bass, which comes in natural and black finishes, is constructed with a dovetail neck joint and venetian cutaway for better access to the upper register. Its body... »