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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

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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Latest from Paul:

From the Bottom: Someday We’ll All Be Free
From the Bottom

From the Bottom: Someday We’ll All Be Free

In this new episode of “From the Bottom,” Paul Thompson breaks down Donny Hathaway’s greatest song. Paul digs in on why it sounds so amazing, and, of course, checking out that amazing bass fill by Willie Weeks before the end!

From the Bottom: Jaco Pastorius “Solo” on “Midwestern Nights Dream”
From the Bottom

From the Bottom: Jaco Pastorius “Solo” on “Midwestern Nights Dream”

In this episode of “From the Bottom,” Paul Thompson digs into one of his favorite and lesser-known Jaco Pastorius solos. This one focuses on “Midwestern Nights Dream” from Pat Metheny’s 1975 album, “Bright Size Life.”

From the Bottom: Wilton Felder – The Greatest Bass Doubler (You Probably Don’t Know)
From the Bottom

From the Bottom: Wilton Felder – The Greatest Bass Doubler (You Probably Don’t Know)

Paul Thompson is kicking off a new series today on No Treble. “From the Bottom” explores the work of the great bassists in history. This one kicks off with Wilton Felder.