Groove – Episode #4: Gary Willis

Gary Willis

Photo by Alfons Trigas

From a commercial standpoint, Gary Willis is mostly known as the co-founder of Tribal Tech (the jazz fusion band that includes Scott Henderson). The life of a jazz musician is never easy… no matter how much hype and excitement there is surrounding your band (and, Gary had plenty of that with Tribal Tech).

Like most bass players, Gary has paid his dues over the years working with everyone from Allan Holdsworth and Wayne Shorter to Simon Phillips and Robben Ford. This includes a solo career and teaching (which is still an important pant of his life).

A Barcelona resident (but a Texas native), Gary looks back on his career as one of the most original bass players in the world, and what it takes to be creative in a world where jazz music continues to evolves and adapt.

Welcome to episode #4 of Groove – The No Treble Podcast. Enjoy the conversation…

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  1. Mike Matthews

    Gary’s comments on not caring about the gig once he hears the ‘downbeat’ is great. I dig his perception of/on music and playing live. Great job NT! Hope to hear/read something on the site soon about Kevin Vecchione of MARAGOLD with Greg Howe (& the drop dead Megan Kruass). He’s an AWESOME bassist. Please make some time to check Maragold & Kevin out. You want be sorry : ) Again GREAT job NT!