From The Bottom: The Top 5 Fictional Characters That Play Bass

I’m changing things up. In this episode, I break down my top five characters from television and movies that play bass: From the Muppet Show to Peanuts to the Monkees to Spinal Tap.

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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  1. John Michlik

    I enjoy your site, so keep up the good work. I would’ve included T.B. Player in MY list of fictional bassists. He was marvelous in Tom Hanks’ “That Thing You Do”.