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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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  • Acoustic Amplification Introduce Classic Series Bass Combos, Cabinet

    Acoustic Amplification Introduce Classic Series Bass Combos, Cabinet

    Acoustic Amplifiers has introduced the Classic Series of bass combos, which the company says combines “vintage vibe with modern features.” The lineup includes three models: the B25C, the B50C, and the B100C. Common features on the units are a tilt-back cabinet design, a re-engineered EQ section, a blendable overdrive, a 1/8-inch headphone output, and a... »

  • Victor Wooten Announces New Trio Tour Dates

    Victor Wooten Announces New Trio Tour Dates

    Victor Wooten is one busy man. After wrapping up the Fun & Funk Xplosion Tour with Sinbad earlier this year, he’s currently on the road with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones as part of their 30th Anniversary tour. Now he’s announced a new round of touring behind his latest album, Trypnotyx, with his trio featuring... »

  • Phil Jones Bass Announces the BP-800 Bass Amp

    Phil Jones Bass Announces the BP-800 Bass Amp

    In addition to previewing the new Cab 27, Phil Jones Bass has unveiled a compact bass amp called the PJB BP-800. The miniature unit weighs just six pounds while pumping out up to 800 watts. It has a Class A preamp and plenty of features including a five-band EQ, a mute/passive/active switch, a headphone output,... »

  • Jeroen Paul Thesseling Working On Second Salazh Trio Album

    Jeroen Paul Thesseling Working On Second Salazh Trio Album

    The Salazh Trio is working on their second album called Saturations, according to bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling. The Dutch-Cuban jazz fusion group, which also features pianist Hans Grotenbreg and drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, is expanding on their material from their first release. “After our debut release, we wanted to continue writing material to extend... »

  • Wolfgang Van Halen Completes Solo Debut Album

    Wolfgang Van Halen Completes Solo Debut Album

    Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen has wrapped up his upcoming debut solo album. After teasing the work beginning in 2015, he posted on his Instagram that it’s one step closer to being done. “I just tracked the last vocal on my project which means recording is officially complete,” he wrote. “It’s a good day.... »

  • New York City To Honor Walter Becker With Street Name

    New York City To Honor Walter Becker With Street Name

    The world lost a musical icon in September 2017 with the passing of Walter Becker. A founder of Steely Dan, Becker played bass on much of the band’s work including the songs “Reelin’ In The Years,” “Dirty Work,” “My Old School,” “Deacon Blues,” and more. His musical legacy is cemented, but now his legacy will... »

  • Where We Stand: An Interview with Adi Meyerson

    Where We Stand: An Interview with Adi Meyerson

    Bassist/composer Adi Meyerson has taken the opportunity of her debut album to take a musical snapshot of her life. Where We Stand is a testament to her time as a working bassist in New York City as well as our times. “Music is a way of telling one’s life story and that’s what I try... »

  • Andrew Seward Rejoins Against Me!

    Andrew Seward Rejoins Against Me!

    Five years after leaving Against Me!, bassist Andrew Seward is taking up his place in the band again. Inge Johansson, who has been the bassist since Seward’s departure, will step down. The news was broken by vocalist Laura Jane Grace on Instagram. “As some people may have noticed there’s been some change happening within Against... »

  • Zorg Effects Announces the Small Basstar Overdrive Pedal

    Zorg Effects Announces the Small Basstar Overdrive Pedal

    France’s Zorg Effects has introduced a simplified version of their flagship Glorious Basstar pedal called the Small Basstar. Designed for bass and guitar, the multi-band overdrive splits your signal into bass and treble bands with a three-way switch to the frequency that separates them. Zorg says on bass it offers “precision, gnarl, huge gain, big... »

  • In Memoriam: Garry Lowe

    In Memoriam: Garry Lowe

    Bassist Garry Lowe, who played in Canada’s rock/reggae band Big Sugar, has passed way after a two year battle with cancer. He was 65 years old. The new was shared by Gordie and Alex Johnson on the Big Sugar Facebook page. “We lost our dear brother and sweet friend Garry this morning,” they wrote. “He... »