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Kevin Johnson

No Treble managing editor Kevin Johnson is a freelance bassist in the Northern Virginia area. Though his performances revolve around jazz, Kevin appreciates all genres of music, from R&B to metal and everything in between. A trip to Mali sparked his interest in world music, especially African artists including Toumani Diabate, the Four Brothers, and bassist Bakithi Kumalo.

He regularly performs with the Caleb Nei Jazz Trio and singer-songwriter Kipyn Martin. He has also had the pleasure of playing workshops with artists such as clarinetist Eddie Daniels and drummer Ignacio Berroa.

Kevin is a true bass enthusiast and activist. In addition to writing for No Treble, he is Jazz Division Head for the Bass Coalition, which seeks to foster community and education through promoting local bass events including workshops, performances, and other events.

Kevin is always happy to hear from No Treble readers. Feel free to contact him with news, events, or just to say hi!

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  • Idiotbox Effects Releases the Blackout Fuzz Pedal

    Idiotbox Effects Releases the Blackout Fuzz Pedal

    Idiotbox Effects has launched the Blackout, a pedal that contains two muff circuits mixed parallel. Each has its own Fuzz, Tone, and Output controls while having different tone voicings. The top circuit has a traditional muff tone control; the bottom is more of a mid boost/scoop control. “This thing is a sonic beast and capable... »

  • Cheikh Ndoye: “Giant Steps” on Bass Xalam

    Cheikh Ndoye: “Giant Steps” on Bass Xalam

    We’ve featured Cheikh Ndoye on traditional African bass instruments before, but his latest video is amazing. He performs the infamous John Coltrane song “Giant Steps” on the Bass Xalam. He plays through the melody and walks two choruses of the song that would be difficult on an electric bass. »

  • Sam Bevan Releases “Emergence”

    Sam Bevan Releases “Emergence”

    Bassist Sam Bevan has released Emergence, an album of original modern jazz that draws from his time in the San Francisco Bay area. Bevan is based in New York City but spent 16 years in the Bay and used some of his friends from the area on the record. “Drawing from jazz, gospel, Afro-Cuban and... »

  • Primus Adds to Final 2018 Tour Dates

    Primus Adds to Final 2018 Tour Dates

    After announcing the final batch of tour dates in support of their latest album, The Desaturating Seven, Primus has listened to the fans and added a handful more dates for the rest of the year. The band has been performing the album, which is based on a trippy goblin-themed children’s book, in full during their... »

  • Wide Awake: An Interview with Sean Yeaton

    Wide Awake: An Interview with Sean Yeaton

    The new Parquet Courts album, Wide Awake!, is an amazing listen that displays the band’s continued growth and evolution. That’s especially true for bassist Sean Yeaton, whose hooky bass lines serve as a melodic focal point in the music. Like many of us, Yeaton started as a guitarist. He switched to bass specifically for Parquet... »

  • King Crimson Releases “Elements Tour Box Set 2018”

    King Crimson Releases “Elements Tour Box Set 2018”

    Each year since 2014, King Crimson releases a box set of live and rare recordings from the band’s history. The Elements Tour Box 2018 follows suit with tracks taken from rehearsals, live performances, studio recordings, alternate takes, and more with several clips that have never been released. The two-disc set features music from the band’s... »

  • Keeley Electronics Introduces the Aria Compressor and Overdrive Pedal

    Keeley Electronics Introduces the Aria Compressor and Overdrive Pedal

    Keeley Electronics has expanded their pedal lineup with the Aria Compressor and Overdrive, a pedal that brings together their Keeley Compressor with their classic Red Dirt Overdrive pedals. Each side of the pedal allows for flexible routing and different setup situations. A switch allows for changing the order of the effects in the pedal’s signal... »

  • Brian Bromberg Releases “Thicker Than Water”

    Brian Bromberg Releases “Thicker Than Water”

    Brian Bromberg is back with a new solo album called Thicker Than Water, which features the bassist on eleven different electric and upright basses. As such, the record is a display of his insane talents on both instruments. “Thicker Than Water is a record I’ve been wanting to make for a very long time,” Bromberg... »

  • Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams Releases “Vanished Gardens”

    Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams Releases “Vanished Gardens”

    Saxophonist Charles Lloyd and songwriter Lucinda Williams have teamed up to release Vanished Gardens, an album that blends American music genres of jazz, blues, Americana, country, and rock to create a new sound. Each musician contributed songs to the album with “Dust”, “Ventura”, and “Unsuffer Me” by Williams and “Defiant”, “Vanished Gardens”, and “Blues for... »

  • D’Addario Expands Alchemy Gothic Strap Line

    D’Addario Expands Alchemy Gothic Strap Line

    D’Addario has introduced the Alchemy Gothic Strap series with four new models that include their Planet Lock system, which is a built-in locking mechanism. It fits most strap pins and stays locked until you release the side pin. “Since 1977 Alchemy Gothic has been the leader in gothic jewelry, art and lifestyle products,” D’Addario writes.... »