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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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  • Fret Zealot for Bass Guitar Available for Preorder

    Fret Zealot for Bass Guitar Available for Preorder

    If you or someone you know is learning the bass, then you’ll want to check out the Fret Zealot for bass. The Fret Zealot is a paper-thin LED strip that installs onto a four-string bass and lights up your frets to teach you single notes all the way up to full songs. It can even... »

  • Live Ted Nash Quintet Album Features Rufus Reid

    Live Ted Nash Quintet Album Features Rufus Reid

    Saxophonist Ted Nash has released Live At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, which marks his first live album in 25 years. Wielding the sax, clarinet, flute, and piccolo, the jazz composer gets to show off his improv chops in a smaller ensemble (opposed to his big band charts) with his close musical friends. Legendary bassist Rufus Reid... »

  • Jonathan Davis Solo Album Features Miles Mosley

    Jonathan Davis Solo Album Features Miles Mosley

    Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has just dropped a new solo album called Black Labyrinth. It’s his first solo record, and while elements of his main gig are prevalent, there’s plenty of music you wouldn’t expect from the vocalist. That’s thanks in part to his collaboration with Miles Mosley of the West Coast Get Down. The... »

  • ZVEX Effects Introduces the Vibrophase Pedal

    ZVEX Effects Introduces the Vibrophase Pedal

    Several years ago, ZVEX Effects created a sort of steampunk effect with the Candela Vibrophase. The candle-powered unit was a vibrato/phaser machined from solid brass and glass. Now they’ve released the effect in a more manageable stompbox format. “The Vibrophase [is] a five-knob four-stage phaser that creates phase and vibrato nuances never heard before,” the... »

  • Hopla Loon: Jurjuna Minor

    Hopla Loon: Jurjuna Minor

    Every time I get an email from Pangiotis Andreou, I know I’m about to hear some amazing music. He’s a master of so many styles and has the kind of control that lets him speak through his bass. Andreou shared a video his latest project, Hopla Loon, which features cool instrumentation: bass, piano, drums, electric... »

  • Pink Floyd’s “Pulse” Gets Box Set Reissue

    Pink Floyd’s “Pulse” Gets Box Set Reissue

    Pink Floyd’s live album Pulse has been re-released in a remastered 4-LP box set. The album, originally released in 1995, was recorded during their 1994 tour in support of The Division Bell that featured original members David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright. The band was joined by bassist Guy Pratt. The set will include... »

  • The Wood Brothers: When I Was Young

    The Wood Brothers: When I Was Young

    Chris Wood has a way of playing funky lines on the upright bass. Case in point: this performance of “When I Was Young” from Music City Roots Live From The Factory in 2016. The bassist kicks the song off with a spirited, syncopated line before his brother Oliver and percussionist Jano Rix jump in on... »

  • RockBoard Introduces Effects Pedal Bags

    RockBoard Introduces Effects Pedal Bags

    After releasing a new set of pedalboards this year, Warwick’s RockBoard has now introduced a line of effects pedal bags aimed at protecting larger floor units. “There are lots of multi-effects pedals, amp modelers, loopers, switchers and vocal effects in floor format on the market, from a variety of well-known manufacturers,” the company writes. “However,... »

  • Quiet Theory Releases the Prelude Reverb/Delay Pedal

    Quiet Theory Releases the Prelude Reverb/Delay Pedal

    Quiet Theory has unveiled a new reverb and delay pedal called the Prelude. Both of the effects have their own separate EQ tone switches, which the company says allows for “subtle ambience and washed out atmosphere.” They add that the Prelude sounds good on bass, synths, and acoustic instruments in addition to guitar. Quiet Theory... »

  • Joe Bonamassa Releases “British Blues Explosion Live”

    Joe Bonamassa Releases “British Blues Explosion Live”

    Joe Bonamassa pays tribute to his British guitar heroes in a new DVD and album called British Blues Explosion Live. The guitarist taps into the work of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page with a five-piece band filled out by keyboardist Reese Wynans, rhythm guitarist Russ Irwin, drummer Anton Fig, and bassist Michael Rhodes.... »