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  • Reader Spotlight: Jill Avilez

    Reader Spotlight: Jill Avilez

    Meet Jill Avilez, a.k.a. Mizz Absurd, a bassist from Las Vegas who found her style after ditching the guitar and focusing on combining bass and singing in what she describes as “Soul Scat Slap Solo Bass.” Jill is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s her story… Bio: Mizz Absurd writes Jazz Philosophy,... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Dale Raszewski

    Reader Spotlight: Dale Raszewski

    Meet Dale Raszewski, a bassist of 42 years who has done quite a bit over the years, and is still going strong. Dale is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!) Here’s his story… Bio: I started playing at age 13. I saw KISS perform on the Paul Lynde Halloween... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Lucas Fernandes

    Reader Spotlight: Lucas Fernandes

    Meet Lucas Fernandes, a bassist from Brazil who first picked up the bass in school and said it was “love at the first low note.” Lucas is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I have studied bass with some great names of the local scene, like Oswaldo Amorim, Hamilton... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Hernan Gordon

    Reader Spotlight: Hernan Gordon

    Meet Hernan Gordon, a bassist living in Argentina who first caught the bug thanks to Sid Vicious, and later started following the work of Jaco Pastorius. Hernan not only plays, he also teaches and even builds basses. Hernan is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I was born in... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Michael Hamer

    Reader Spotlight: Michael Hamer

    Michael Hamer grew up in a house full of music. That, plus the fact that his parents bought him a bass and amp for Christmas when he was 14 set him off on a life-long musical journey. Nearly five decades later, Michael is still at it, performing regularly with two groups. Michael is this week’s... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Mark Hopkins

    Reader Spotlight: Mark Hopkins

    Meet Mark Hopkins, who started out on guitar in 1978. In 2012, he saw the light, switched to bass, and wondered what he’d been doing all those years. He’s collected quite a bit of gear since then! Mark is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: Born in 1963 in... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Jonathan Alvear

    Reader Spotlight: Jonathan Alvear

    Meet Jonathan Alvear, a student of bass who also spends his time outside of school as a studio and solo bassist. Jonathan is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I’m currently a bachelor bass performance student at Musicians Institute. I play mostly 6 string bass. My specialty is playing... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Roey Haviv

    Reader Spotlight: Roey Haviv

    Meet Roey Haviv, who keeps busy teaching and playing in Charlotte, NC. Roey has quite the collection of gear, including some basses with both interesting stories and unique features. He’s also a pedal nerd. Roey is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I was born in Israel and moved... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Justin Almquist

    Reader Spotlight: Justin Almquist

    Justin Almquist got a later start on the bass, but he’s a quick learner. He continued his work through college and got into the gear side of things by working at Mackie. Justin is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I had a lot of interest in music growing... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Steve Burke

    Reader Spotlight: Steve Burke

    Meet Steve Burke, who grew up around lots of musical instruments, taking him on the path from drums to guitar to bass. It was in high school when he started focusing more on bass, which eventually took him to Berklee. Steve is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: Through... »