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Since the beginning, one of our primary goals is featuring our readers. One way we do that is with our Reader Spotlight. We’d be thrilled if you shared your story with us.

Reader Spotlight: Jennifer (Geni) Alania

Reader Spotlight: Jennifer (Geni) Alania

Meet Jennifer Alania (aka Geni), a bassist from Oakland, Calfornia, by way of South Beach, Florida, and our player in the spotlight for February 22, 2011. We think Geni might have the coolest grandfather in our reader spotlight history too. Bio: My name is Jennifer (Geni) Alania and I reside in Oakland, California, but I was born and raised in...

Reader Spotlight: John “Yohan” Navarro

Reader Spotlight: John “Yohan” Navarro

Meet John Navarro, a bassist from Corvallis, Oregon and our player in the spotlight for February 15, 2011. Bio: The bass has always been with me through college, professional transitions and a growing family. I try to bring cohesiveness and acceptance with everything I do. I like to think that I’m just a filter through which my life experiences pass...

Reader Spotlight: Evan Mitchell

Reader Spotlight: Evan Mitchell

Meet Evan Mitchell, a bassist from Indianapolis, Indiana and our bassist in the spolight for February 8, 2011. Bio: When I was 12 years old my older brother bought a guitar and started learning songs to form a band. I started learning bass lines on his guitar and decided I needed to buy a real bass so that he and...

Reader Spotlight: Leslie Dirksen

Reader Spotlight: Leslie Dirksen

Meet Leslie Dirksen, a bassist from Plymouth, Massachusetts, and our player in the spotlight for February 1, 2011. Bio: I started playing bass at age 17, being snuck into bars for blues jams. I attended B.I.T. Summer Session and then enrolled at Berklee in Boston. I played bass for Boston’s all female heavy metal group “She’s So Loud” in the...

Reader Spotlight: Armando Flores

Reader Spotlight: Armando Flores

Meet Armando Flores, a bassist from California and our player in the spotlight for January 25, 2011. Bio: My earliest memories of music with my parents listening to 8 track tapes of Disco and Motown while driving along in our Mercury Montego. In the 5th grade I got the crazy notion that I could play the trumpet. This lasted about...

Reader Spotlight: Sebastian Casís

Reader Spotlight: Sebastian Casís

Meet Sebastian Casís, a bassist from Argentina and our player in the spotlight for January 11, 2011. Bio: I’m a bassist, composer, arranger and producer with international experience. Location: Santa Fe / SF / Argentina Day gig: Bass instructor and father of twins. Years experience: 25 years Bands & Gigs: My band is MO’BLUES (high energy latin blues/rock). We are...

Reader Spotlight: Leighton Allen

Reader Spotlight: Leighton Allen

Meet Leighton Allen, a bassist from the UK and our player in the spotlight for January 5, 2011. Bio: I’m a bass player from the south of England, currently writing/playing with Steve Byrd 80’s session musician and ex-guitarist with Kim Wilde and Ian Gillian, amongst many many others. I have played many of the UK top venues and festivals with...

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Reader Spotlight: Dave Tribe

Reader Spotlight: Dave Tribe

Meet Dave Tribe, a bassist from Brighton, UK and our player in the spotlight for December 28, 2010. Bio: I’ve recorded with and by Norman Cook, Russell Simins (Blues Explosion), Saul Davies (James), Jonny Milton (Dreadzone, Aswad), Goat, Byron Wallen, Carnival Collective, Sam Flynn, Tics etc. I’ve also gigged alongside The Smiths, Manic Street Preachers, Aztec Camera, The Go-Betweens, The...

Reader Spotlight: Charles “Chuck” Hoffman

Reader Spotlight: Charles “Chuck” Hoffman

Meet Chuck Hoffman, a bassist from Des Moines, Iowa and our player in the spotlight for December 21, 2010. Bio: I started out playing trumpet in elementary school in Waterloo, IA, got interested in indie rock, jazz, and 20th century music in high school. I went to college with the idea of becoming a composer, but took up playing bass...

Reader Spotlight: Brandon Puckett

Reader Spotlight: Brandon Puckett

Meet Brandon Puckett, a bassist from Linton, Indiana, and our player in the spotlight for December 14, 2010. Bio: I grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana, where at the age of 10 started playing bass. We didn’t have a lot to do living out in a rural area, so also having the luxury of a guitarist and...

Reader Spotlight: Keith “KDubbs” Williams

Reader Spotlight: Keith “KDubbs” Williams

Meet Keith “KDubbs” Williams, a bassist from San Jose, California and our player in the spotlight for December 7, 2010. Bio: I’m the former bass player for Maranatha Christian Center, San Jose, Ca. (1992-2002). I’ve worked with Ruff House/Columbia/Emi recording artist Keith Martin (toured with MC Hammer in the mid 90’s), and with the Black Panther of Hip Hop, Paris....

Reader Spotlight: Rick Reese

Reader Spotlight: Rick Reese

Meet Rick Reese, a bassist from Nashville, TN and our player in the spotlight for November 30, 2010. Bio: Born in Baltimore, MD in 1969, Rick has been playing bass for 27 years. His innovative style is a unique blend of jazz improvisation, funk punctuation with driving energy of rock and roll. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Rick...