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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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  • Chowny Introduces NT-J and NT-B Basses

    Chowny Introduces NT-J and NT-B Basses

    Chowny Basses have expanded their lineup with the NT-J and NT-B models. The neck-through basses each feature a maple and rosewood neck matched to a chambered Red Cedar body with a Rosewood top. The models are set apart by their pickup configuration, with the NT-J sporting a pair of soapbar jazz pickups and the NT-B... »

  • Mitchell Electric Guitars Launches Bass Lineup

    Mitchell Electric Guitars Launches Bass Lineup

    Mitchell Electric Guitars has debuted a new line of electric guitars and basses, including four bass models over three series: the FB Series, the TB Series, and the MB Series. The company calls the FB line their flagship model while the TB and MB basses are configured more traditionally. The FB700 is available in four-,... »

  • Maddie Jay & the pH Collective Release Debut Album

    Maddie Jay & the pH Collective Release Debut Album

    If you’ve been following No Treble for the past year, you’ve seen the rise of Maddie Jay & the pH Collective. Starting with their first original, “Throw Away Your Hate,” the bassist-led band has been wowing readers with deep grooves and lush arrangements. Now the band has released their first EP, entitled Meanwhile… The 8-song... »

  • Rex Brown Announces Solo Album

    Rex Brown Announces Solo Album

    After years of holding down the low end for the world’s biggest metal bands, Rex Brown has announced that he’s working on his debut solo album. The former Pantera and Down bassist revealed the news to Metal Hammer, saying it has inspired him to play again after burning out from touring. “I went to Nashville... »

  • Fender Introduces 800-Watt Bassman Head

    Fender Introduces 800-Watt Bassman Head

    Fender’s Bassman series of bass amplifiers has gotten bigger with the introduction of the Bassman 800 Head. The 800-watt, dual channel amp features a hybrid design with a tube preamp matched to a Class D power section. It weighs 17 pounds. Its two-channel tube preamp has Vintage and Overdrive voicings. The Vintage channel provides a... »

  • Cog Effects Expands Octave Pedal Series

    Cog Effects Expands Octave Pedal Series

    Cog Effects has expanded their analog octave pedal lineup with two new pedals – the T-47 and T-70 – and an update to the T-65 model. “I wanted to make a range of octave pedals that provide valid solutions to guitarists and particularly bassists who are being more and more innovative with the pedals that... »

  • Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

    Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

    Ida Nielsen has gone by several names, including Ida Funkhouser and Bassida, but one thing has always stayed consistent: her rock solid funk style. The Danish bassist was building her own artistic empire with her band and a pair of solo albums when Prince handpicked her to be his bassist. Starting in 2010, Nielsen toured... »

  • MakeMusic Launches Finale v.25

    MakeMusic Launches Finale v.25

    MakeMusic has released version 25 of their popular music notation software, Finale. The new update carries several improvements including the transition to being a 64-bit application, making it more efficient and capable of handling 64-bit sound libraries. It also includes improved workflow and program support. “Features added in this release include transposed note entry, large... »

  • Bass of the Week: 39 Custom Guitars CK Canorous

    Bass of the Week: 39 Custom Guitars CK Canorous

    Chris Kollias wrote in to share his new bass from 39 Custom Guitars, and it’s a beauty. The CK Canorous is a 5-string that the bassist wanted to cover a wide tonal palette. “The main purpose of this instrument is to cover a wide variety of sounds according to the demanding needs,” Kollias said. “The... »

  • Evan Brewer: Entheos “New Light” Playthrough

    Evan Brewer: Entheos “New Light” Playthrough

    Bass monster Evan Brewer shows his awe-inspiring bass line for Entheos’s “New Light” in this bass-centric playthrough. If you know Evan, you know this one is going to be a wild ride. He varies between several advanced techniques, including the heaviest slap line you’ve ever heard and a harmonically rich two-handed tapping section, to create... »