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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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  • Whose Hat Is This? Releases “Everything’s OK”

    Whose Hat Is This? Releases “Everything’s OK”

    Whose Hat Is This? has just released their second album, Everything’s OK, on Ropeadope Records. The band’s completely improvised style has gotten even stronger than their self-titled debut, which was also their first ever show. Everything’s OK is also a live recording, this time from their performance at The 8×10 in Baltimore, Maryland during their... »

  • Mike Gordon Announces Solo Band Tour Dates

    Mike Gordon Announces Solo Band Tour Dates

    Phish bassist Mike Gordon is taking his solo band back out on the road for a spring 2019 tour. His group will once again include guitarist Scott Murawski, keyboardist Robert Walter, drummer John Kimock, and percussionist Craig Myers. Gordon’s touring repertoire as of late has included songs from his latest album, OGOGO, as well as... »

  • Opeth Releases Live DVD and Album

    Opeth Releases Live DVD and Album

    Opeth was founded nearly 30 years ago, and they’re still going strong. The Swedish metal band has just released their fourth live album, Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which was captured at the famed Denver venue in May 2017. Beginning with the title track from their latest album, Sorceress, the group... »

  • Sire Guitars Unveils 2nd Generation Marcus Miller Basses

    Sire Guitars Unveils 2nd Generation Marcus Miller Basses

    Sire Guitars has announced several major upgrades to their Marcus Miller line of bass guitars ranging from the pickups to the serial number system. Nearly every bass they make has been upgraded in some way. The biggest change is in the second generation pickups, which applies to the V7, V7 Vintage, V9, P7, M7, and... »

  • The Beatles Celebrate “The White Album” with Deluxe Packages

    The Beatles Celebrate “The White Album” with Deluxe Packages

    It’s been fifty years since the release of the Beatles’ self-titled album, better known as The White Album, and now it is being celebrated with special anniversary versions. The album’s thirty tracks have been remixed and remastered by producer Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio. It will also include 27... »

  • Fender Introduces Limited Edition Midnight Hour Precision Bass

    Fender Introduces Limited Edition Midnight Hour Precision Bass

    Fender recently produced a short film called “Artform” with producers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, also known as The Midnight Hour. The mini-doc highlights the duo’s musical journey through the lens of hip-hop. To celebrate the collaboration, Fender also released the Limited Edition Midnight Hour Precision Bass. The new bass takes its cues from... »

  • Al Turner Releases “This Is”

    Al Turner Releases “This Is”

    Al “The Burner” Turner has released his fifth solo album, entitled This Is. The new album is described as full of “upbeat, joyful and melodic tunes” while being centered on the groove. That’s because Turner, who has worked with artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Ron Isley, taps into his influences for the eight-song album.... »

  • Andrew Gouché Releases Book of 20 Groove Lessons

    Andrew Gouché Releases Book of 20 Groove Lessons

    Andrew Gouché’s online “Grooves From The Soul” bass lesson series is now available in a book format. The Andrew Gouché Bass Method compiles 20 grooves ranging from ’90s R&B to a Sade-inspired jam in standard music notation plus tab. Just as important as the physical book is the access it gives to online content including... »

  • Bass of the Week: DTC Bass Guitars 5-String Multiscale Singlecut

    Bass of the Week: DTC Bass Guitars 5-String Multiscale Singlecut

    This DTC Bass Guitars instrument caught my eye for its intense purple finish over the burl top, which looks like you’re staring into space. However, it’s got loads of other great features, too. Built with a mahogany body, the bass is a singlecut and multiscale design for a modern approach to bass playing. The stabilized... »

  • Iron Maiden Announces “Legacy of the Beast” North American Tour Dates

    Iron Maiden Announces “Legacy of the Beast” North American Tour Dates

    Up the irons! Iron Maiden has announced that their Legacy of the Beast tour will be coming to North America for 34 concerts next summer. The tour, which just wrapped up in Europe, features the metal legends playing songs spanning their entire catalog. Of course, that means loads of great bass lines. “We gave a... »