the online magazine for bass players

Search Menu

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!

Kevin Johnson on the Web:

Articles by Kevin Johnson:

  • In Memoriam: Greg Lake

    In Memoriam: Greg Lake

    More sad news to report today: bass and prog-rock legend Greg Lake has died after a long bout with cancer. The King Crimson and ELP founder was 69 years old. Lake was born in the town of Poole in England in 1947 and picked up the guitar at 12. During their school years, he became... »

  • Radial Engineering Announces the 4-Play Direct Box

    Radial Engineering Announces the 4-Play Direct Box

    Radial Engineering has announced the 4-Play Direct Box. Aimed at multi-instrumentalists, the DI works well for bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and more. It has a 1/4-inch input for your instrument with four selectable XLR outputs. You can switch instruments by hitting the mute footswitch, plugging in the right instrument, and then using the second... »

  • OnkartGromt Unveils Grombass V2 Overdrive Pedal

    OnkartGromt Unveils Grombass V2 Overdrive Pedal

    Norway’s OnkartGromt has released the Grombass V2, an overdrive/distortion pedal made for bass. The innovative pedal has an analog circuit with a microcontroller inside that controls the gain stages. The microcontroller is Arduino compatible with open code that can be modified by the user via USB cable. The Grombass V2 has three distortion modes: Germanium,... »

  • Von Thord: Nya Mäster

    Von Thord: Nya Mäster

    Bass and cello duo Von Thord have returned with a set of new videos, including this performance of the song “Nya Mäster”. Bassist David Werthén sets up a beautiful groove for John Bergion’s melancholy melody before things get heated up with unison and octave lines. Their technical prowess and innate musicality make this a video... »

  • Dead & Company Announce Summer 2017 Tour

    Dead & Company Announce Summer 2017 Tour

    In case you missed them this year, Dead & Company have announced a new tour for 2017. “The Music Never Stops” tour will be a cross-country trek that kicks off May 27th in Las Vegas. The band, which is anchored by bass guru Oteil Burbridge, was formed by Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bob Weir,... »

  • Aidan Hampson Releases Steely Dan Transcription Book

    Aidan Hampson Releases Steely Dan Transcription Book

    Steely Dan fans will want to check out Aidan Hampson’s latest transcription book, which documents the bass lines from the band’s biggest hits. The 13-song collection covers their most prolific period from 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill to 1980’s Gaucho. Featuring hits like “Reelin’ In The Years”, “My Old School”, “Peg”, and more, the book... »

  • Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

    Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

    I love it when luthiers think outside the box with the woods they use for their instruments. A recent trend has been to recycle old skateboards to create instant mojo, and Brazilian bass builder Antonio Cesar Scopel nailed it with his P-Board bass. Inspired by the Fender Precisions from 1951 to 1957, the P-Board’s body... »

  • America Paz and Eduardo Sitja: Street Jam

    America Paz and Eduardo Sitja: Street Jam

    We love seeing bass playing buskers, and this video is a good example of why. America Paz and Eduardo Sitja took to the streets of Santiago, Chile to play some bass and melt some faces. The duo trades slap lines back and forth, building on each other’s ideas for a fun jam session. »

  • Emma Electronic Announces New Octave/Fuzz Pedal

    Emma Electronic Announces New Octave/Fuzz Pedal

    Ten years after their last release, Emma Electronic has unveiled the ON-1 Okto-Nøjs. The octave/fuzz pedal features an all-analog circuit that works well on both bass and guitar. It has separate footswitches for the octave and fuzz effects for flexibility. Controls include Dry, Okto, and Tone for the octave section with Gain, Tone, Color, and... »

  • Ernie Ball Music Man Teases 30th Anniversary StingRay5 Bass

    Ernie Ball Music Man Teases 30th Anniversary StingRay5 Bass

    Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled their 2017 Spring Collection, including a 30th Anniversary StingRay5 model. The 5-string version of their flagship bass was first introduced in 1986 and the company is celebrating gorgeous limited edition version. The bass is built with an ash body covered in a transparent buttercream finish that’s accented with a... »