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In Memoriam: Larry Taylor
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Larry Taylor

Sad news to share: Larry Taylor has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 77 years old. Nicknamed “The Mole,” Taylor was the founding bassist for Canned Heat and played with the band from 1967 to 1970.

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Reader Spotlight: Ronnie Brannan
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Ronnie Brannan

Meet Ronnie Brannan, who started out on tuba before spotting a bass in his school’s jazz band. “I was drawn to everything about it as soon as it came into my consciousness,” he said. Since then, he’s been doing his thing on the bass. Here’s his story...

In Memoriam: Frank de la Rosa
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Frank de la Rosa

Bassist Frank de la Rosa, who played with a who’s who of jazz artists, has passed away. He was 85 years old.

Reader Spotlight: Dave Turner
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Dave Turner

Meet Dave Turner, a bassist and educator who has an impressive resume in both arenas. Here’s his story…

Himalayas: An Interview with Scott Mulvahill
Interviews

Himalayas: An Interview with Scott Mulvahill

Scott Mulvahill is not your average bassist. He’s also not your average singer-songwriter. His latest album, “Himalayas,” is proof of that. We caught up with Mulvahill to learn about his background, lessons learned on the road, and songwriting.

Reader Spotlight: Drue Williams, Jr.
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Drue Williams, Jr.

Meet Drue Williams, Jr., a bassist who got his start thanks to his dad, who was a great Gospel singer and inspired him to take up the instrument. Drue not only performs, but he also started his own bass cabinet company. Here’s his story...

Reader Spotlight: Arnaud Court
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Arnaud Court

Meet Arnaud Court, a bassist from France who got his start thanks to the inspiration of Steve Harris and Cliff Burton. He later expanded his list to Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, and many others. Here’s his story…

Down to the River: An Interview with Berry Duane Oakley
Interviews

Down to the River: An Interview with Berry Duane Oakley

The Allman Betts Band has just released their debut album, “Down To The River.” As you might expect, the group is tied to the Allman Brothers, with Berry Duane Oakley, son of Berry Oakley, on bass. We caught up with Berry Jr. to get the scoop.

Reader Spotlight: Brian Haringa
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Brian Haringa

READER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Brian Haringa, a bassist from California who got his start on bass thanks to demand, and now relies on his 1969 Fender Jazz (for 20 years and counting). Here’s his story...

Reader Spotlight: Tom Martin
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Tom Martin

Meet Tom Martin, a bassist from California who had some great answers to our “Why I Play the Bass” and “Superpower/claim to fame” questions. Here’s his story...