Reader Spotlight: Jenny Giammanco
Meet Jenny Giammanco, a bassist from Brooklyn who got her start playing percussion. Ten years ago, she made the switch and as she says, “the rest is history!”
Jenny is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next). Here’s her story…
I am a freelance bassist based out of Brooklyn, New York and currently playing for the 2021/2022 US National Tour of “An Officer and a Gentleman.” I love performing on bass, feeling the low end frequencies, and being the bridge between rhythm and melody. I am happiest on stage rocking out and sharing my energy with the audience, but I’m also very grateful for studio sessions and the ability to creatively collaborate with other artists in NYC.
Why I play the bass:
I always loved the lower frequencies in music and played percussion in middle and high school. One day I picked up a bass and began to figure it out by ear and touch – the rest is history!
I have three basses – a Fender Jazz, Japanese-made Marcus Miller (built the same year I was born!), a Sire 5-string Marcus Miller, and I’m currently performing with my Fender Precision. I also love my Sans Amp, Ibanez chorus, and Boss Synth pedals!
I am forever grateful and inspired by the grooves of Pino Palladino, Frances “Rocco” Prestia, Jone Paul Jones, James Jamerson, Paul Chambers, and Anthony Jackson.
My bass superpower/claim to fame:
I am known to be unable to stand still while performing! I love to dance!! I can’t help but let my body move while I play and I find the audience can really tap in to my authentic energy when I allow myself to move freely. The plus of being the bassist is you can really feel it in your body! I love being a musician for those moments.
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