Nathan Vencil got his start in the bass playing world at the age of 8. He started out on a ¼ size double bass rental from Germany. After he had his bass, bow, and a parent to lug around his instrument (he was too small to carry it by himself until he was about 11), he took a dive right into classical music and stayed there for close to 7 years. He then found his desire and passion for Jazz music, and said farewell to the orchestra he performed in and his teacher, the only reasons being that the cost was large and the family schedule was completely filled up, he began to study on his own. Bands came and went, but the bass stayed as Nathan’s primary interest in the world of music.
He currently is in possession of a Carvin B-4 Fretless Kit bass, a 1975 Jazz Bass Japanese Reissue, and a ½ size Romanian made double bass. He sights Jaco Pastorius, Paul McCartney, P-Nut, Traa Daniels, and John Coltrane as his primary influences.
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Articles by Nathan Vencil:
Black Sabbath, featuring bassist Geezer Butler, front-man Ozzy Osbourne, drummer Bill Ward and guitarist Tony Iommi, will release their best of album on June 15th. This band is unquestionably one of the most influential Hard Rock bands to date. VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock ranked them second to only Led Zeppelin. They have...continue reading »
Jill Hennessy will release her highly anticipated debut album, Ghost In My Head, on June 16th, 2009. Among the numerous guest musicians that perform with Jill is R.E.M. bassist, Mike Mills. Track list: 1. 10,000 Miles 2. 4 Small Hands 3. Ghost In My Head 4. Oh Mother 5. Erin 6. Save Me 7. Falling...continue reading »
In celebration of their newest album, Uplifter, 311 will tour once again. The tour dates are as follows: 6/3: Majestic Fox Theatre, Bakersfield, CA 6/4: Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood, CA 6/5: Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA 6/6: Live 105 BFD Radio Festival, San Francisco, CA 6/7: Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR 6/8: WaMu Theatre, Seattle,...continue reading »
Incubus is releasing Monuments and Memories, a collection of the band’s hits, unreleased recordings and new tunes. This album also includes access to 500+ unreleased videos, MP3s and photos. This collection goes on sale June 16th, and is the most recent activity from the band since their album, Light Grenades. The track lists are as...continue reading »
Dream Theater will release their latest work of art on June 23rd, 2009. The album will once again feature the expertise of drummer Mike Portnoy, guitarist John Patrucci, keyboard player Jordan Rudess, vocalist James LaBrie, and, let’s not forget, bassist John Myung. This album marks their 10th studio album, and it is available for pre-order....continue reading »
For someone who merely tolerates bands akin to Lynyrd Skynyrd, I was pleasantly surprised when I turned on Last Time by Evanscapps. My first impression was something reminiscent to the grunge bands, Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam. This impression lasted for the first three tracks (Hell if I Know, Dead is Rising, and Innocence), and...continue reading »
The legendary album by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Out, will be re-released in celebration of its 50th anniversary, on May 26th, 2009. This album features the bass talents of Eugene Wright who in addition to Brubeck, performed with jazz legends Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and Carmen McRae. His solid rhythm compliments the drumming of...continue reading »
311 will release their latest album, Uplifter, on June 2nd. This highly anticipated album is a follow up to 2005’s Don’t Tread On Me. (Has it been that long since we’ve heard P-Nut?) This album, now available for pre-order, features the single, “Hey You”, that hit the airwaves on April 7th, 2009. Tracks: 1. Hey...continue reading »
Next month, Stu Hamm will be conducting a series of clinics with Shadows Fall drummer, Jason Bittner. This unlikely duo will be starting these clinics during the first week of June, and the dates are as follows June 3 at the Washington Music Center in Wheaton, MD June 4 at Sam Ash Music Store in...continue reading »
Wayman Tisdale passed away at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 15th, 2009, after a two year battle with bone cancer. He was 44. Tisdale will be remembered by many as an award-winning bassist, he will also be remembered by many as a nationally acclaimed college basketball and NBA player, who is...continue reading »