From the Bottom: The Top 10 Greatest TV Theme Bass Lines

Join me as I lay down my (extremely subjective) list of my top 10 favorite bass lines (plus three honorable mentions) from iconic television shows from the 1970s-2000s!

These theme songs showcase the amazing bass playing of Abe Laboriel, Carol Kaye, Chuck Rainey, Chuck Berghofer, and many more!

Did your favorite make the list?

Paul Thompson has been playing bass professionally for over 30 years, including recording and touring stints with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recent playing credits include Bob Reynolds, John Pizzarelli, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and Bob James, among others. Currently, he can be seen playing in and around the Pittsburgh, PA area with the THOTH Trio, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and many other musicians in the city's rich Jazz community. An educator of over 25 years, Paul currently teaches Jazz Bass at Duquesne University, West Virginia University, and his alma mater, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Performing Arts School.

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