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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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  • Bruno Tauzin: Funky Slap Bass Solo

    Bruno Tauzin: Funky Slap Bass Solo

    Bruno Tauzin is back with another short and sweet bass video. This time he lays down a thick slap groove filled out with some nice double stops. »

  • Ibanez Introduces the SRH Semi-Hollow Bass

    Ibanez Introduces the SRH Semi-Hollow Bass

    Besides celebrating the 30th anniversary of the SR this year, Ibanez also introduced a new semi-hollow body model called the SRH. The bass comes in four and five-string versions with the option of fretted or fretless fingerboards, all of which all built with a mahogany semi-hollow body and a spruce top. The body has a... »

  • Bass of the Week: Anaconda Basses Tribute J5E – Elite

    Bass of the Week: Anaconda Basses Tribute J5E – Elite

    This week we’re taking a look at a beautiful model by the UK’s Anaconda Basses. This particular Anaconda Tribute J5E Elite was built for Joe Sam, a pro bass player from London, with a special twist. “He’s an avid Prince fan and wanted a bass which had certain design cues to pay tribute to the... »

  • Eden Unveils Limited Edition P-Series Bass Cabinets

    Eden Unveils Limited Edition P-Series Bass Cabinets

    Eden Amplification has unveiled a special pair of models to their P-series cabinets. The Limited Edition P1515X and P1510X will be handmade in England and limited to 40 units of each. The P1515X features a pair of 15-inch XLT drivers plus an aluminum horn to dish out 800 watts of power. The horn has its... »

  • The Wood Brothers: I Got Loaded

    The Wood Brothers: I Got Loaded

    Ever since the Wood Brothers released their album Live at the Barn, I’ve been listening to them nonstop. One of my favorite songs on the album is “I Got Loaded,” which they also played in this awesome video. The trio, including double bassist Chris Wood, loaded themselves into a horse-drawn carriage and played the song... »

  • AC Guitars Introduces RetroB Bass

    AC Guitars Introduces RetroB Bass

    AC Guitars has unveiled the latest in their bass lineup with the RetroB. The retro-styled bass is a departure from luthier Alan Cringean’s typical designs. “Over the years I have been asked to build copies and have alway turned down the work because it was not something I was interested in, there are more than... »

  • Brad Russell: Steve Vai’s “The Attitude Song” on Bass

    Brad Russell: Steve Vai’s “The Attitude Song” on Bass

    Guitarist Steve Vai is known for his insane playing and fireworks on the instrument. Brad Russell decided to tackle Vai’s style by playing the guitar part to “The Attitude Song” on his four-string bass. From the pinch harmonics to the crazy whammy bar work, Russell brings the fire from the low end. »

  • D’Addario Announces Chromatic Pedal Tuner

    D’Addario Announces Chromatic Pedal Tuner

    String manufacturer D’Addario has released their first ever pedal tuner. The compact tuner runs on a 32-bit chip, which the company says has four times the processing power of a standard headstock tuner. Its face has colored LED lights to indicate whether you’re sharp, flat, or in tune. It also features true-bypass switching, so the... »

  • Thundercat: A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)

    Thundercat: A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)

    Thundercat’s latest album Drunk has been getting rave reviews and for good reason. The songs are hypnotic and the bass playing is on point. Here’s Thundercat performing the song “A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)”, live on The Current. The bassist slays on his 6-string hollow body for the song’s groove and his solo. »

  • Voodoo Lab Launches the Dingbat Pedalboard Series

    Voodoo Lab Launches the Dingbat Pedalboard Series

    Voodoo Lab has expanded their pedal-centric offerings with the new Dingbat series of pedalboards. Built in California, the boards come in three sizes and are built for lightweight durability. The series also includes the Dingbat PX, which adds an integrated PX-8 Plus true-bypass pedal switching system. The rig allows for 36 preset pedal combinations at... »