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  • Old School: John Worster / Arvell Shaw Bohemian Double Bass (Circa 1820)

    Old School: John Worster / Arvell Shaw Bohemian Double Bass (Circa 1820)

    A couple of weeks ago, Damian Erskine sent me an email filled with excitement. Here’s an excerpt: You know about my trip to pick up my dad’s bass in St Louis, right? Well, Jim Widner (who cared for it for the past 25 years) pointed out a name carved in the front. Faint but clear:... »

  • Louis Armstrong, Featuring Arvell Shaw: How High The Moon

    Louis Armstrong, Featuring Arvell Shaw: How High The Moon

    Here’s a fantastic video of Louis Armstrong handing the spotlight over to bassist Arvell Shaw for a bass feature on “How High the Moon,” from a 1963 performance in Sydney, Australia. Shaw pulls out all the stops during the nearly 7-minute romp. “Show business,” he says, just before breaking out his bow to play all... »