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Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Managing Editor

Kevin joined No Treble in 2009 as a contributor and later became the Managing Editor. 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. He’s also a freelance bassist and teacher 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.

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In Memoriam: Tony Lewis
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Tony Lewis

Tony Lewis of British pop rockers The Outfield has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was 62 years old. The new was reported from his social media pages.

Leland Sklar and The Immediate Family Release “Slippin’ and Slidin’”
New Albums

Leland Sklar and The Immediate Family Release “Slippin’ and Slidin’”

The Immediate Family’s long-awaited album, “Slippin’ and Slidin’”, is finally here. The EP is the first U.S. release from the band, which is made up of session legends Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, Russ Kunkel, Steve Postell, and Leland Sklar.

Steve Bailey, John Patitucci, and Victor Wooten Host “Pick Bass and Beyond” Webinar
Events

Steve Bailey, John Patitucci, and Victor Wooten Host “Pick Bass and Beyond” Webinar

Steve Bailey, John Patitucci, and Victor Wooten are continuing their weekly bass webinar this Thursday. The “Pick Bass and Beyond” roundtable discussion is slated to include some of the most prominent pick players of our instrument.

Bass of the Week: Wreck Guitars Hope 6
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Wreck Guitars Hope 6

Today we’re featuring a gorgeous bass sent in by its owner, Apok Folken. His Wreck Guitars Hope 6 is the second instrument he got from the builder.

The Budos Band Releases “Long In The Tooth”
New Albums

The Budos Band Releases “Long In The Tooth”

Fifteen years since their debut album, afro-psych soul outfit The Budos Band has returned with Long In The Tooth. The horn-heavy record is full of unshakeable grooves.

Fuzzrocious Pedals Unveils 420 Fuzz v2 Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Fuzzrocious Pedals Unveils 420 Fuzz v2 Pedal

Fuzzrocious Pedals is about to light it up again with the 420 Fuzz v2. The new version of the pedal, which was previously built in limited batches, is now a permanent part of the company’s effect lineup.

Matt Brewer and Orlando le Fleming Announce Online Masterclass
Events

Matt Brewer and Orlando le Fleming Announce Online Masterclass

Bassists and renowned teachers Matt Brewer and Orlando le Fleming are teaming up for a special bass masterclass on Monday. The hour-long session will focus on jazz bass topics as well as what it takes to be a sideman in New York City.

Sunnaudio Introduces Nucleus NU-1 Dual Boost Distortion Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Sunnaudio Introduces Nucleus NU-1 Dual Boost Distortion Pedal

Sunnaudio has introduced the Nucleus NU-1 Dual Boost Distortion, an analog preamp designed for both bass and guitar. The pedal features a dual boost with high to low gain to go from a clean signal to full distortion.

Snark Tuners Introduces Silver Snark Clip-On Tuner
Accessories & Strings

Snark Tuners Introduces Silver Snark Clip-On Tuner

Snark has unveiled the Silver Snark, which marks the latest in their line of LCD clip-on tuners. The new model has three new improvements as well as new tuning software that the company says can suit all instruments.

Fender Announces American Professional II Series Basses
Basses

Fender Announces American Professional II Series Basses

After replacing the American Standard Series with the American Professional Series in 2016, Fender has unveiled its next generation of instruments. The American Professional II Series builds upon the range through several years of player input.

In Memoriam: Paul Matters
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Paul Matters

Early AC/DC bassist Paul Matters has passed away from undisclosed causes. The news was shared by longtime friend Rod Wescombe.

Johnnie Gilmore Returns With “When You Come Home” Solo Bass EP
New Albums

Johnnie Gilmore Returns With “When You Come Home” Solo Bass EP

Johnnie Gilmore has just released a gorgeous new EP. The five-song “When You Come Home” features the bassist in a totally solo setting in which he fills out the melody, harmony, and percussion with just his bass.