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  • Groove – Episode #48: Tim Starace

    Groove – Episode #48: Tim Starace

    It used to be that cover bands were just that: a pale comparison to the original thing. Bands we’d see playing the local club scene, as a way to make some coin and to get by as musicians. We’ve come a long way. Some cover bands are so good, that they can fill an arena.... »

  • Groove – Episode #47: Janek Gwizdala

    Groove – Episode #47: Janek Gwizdala

    When I started preparing for my conversation with Janek Gwizdala, it became abundantly clear why he is such a popular bass player, teacher, and YouTuber. I found myself completely immersed in a fifteen minute long YouTube video about why he has his action so high on the bass. And, yes, it really was captivating. Janek... »

  • Groove – Episode #46: Damian Erskine

    Groove – Episode #46: Damian Erskine

    A fellow No Treble contributor! We’re super excited to bring you this conversation with our own Damian Erskine. He’s not just a regular contributor to No Treble, but he’s been here the longest. Longevity is a theme for this monster of a player. Damian is known for his ability to fit into any musical situation,... »

  • Groove – Episode #45: Ian Hill

    Groove – Episode #45: Ian Hill

    Judas Priest ruined me. While I had been exposed to a myriad of musical genres over my young life, nothing has impacted me more than the infamous US Festival in 1983. Their “Heavy Metal Day” on Sunday, May 29th featured Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Triumph, Scorpions, Van Halen and the now-legendary Judas Priest.... »

  • Groove – Episode #44: Bridget Kearney

    Groove – Episode #44: Bridget Kearney

    Bridget Kearney doesn’t talk much about the electric bass (mostly because that’s not her instrument of choice). The musician and composer is a double bass player that graduated with a dual degree from Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music. She started playing the bass when she was nine years old and fell madly,... »

  • Groove – Episode #43: Marco Mendoza

    Groove – Episode #43: Marco Mendoza

    The first time I saw Marco Mendoza play bass live was with Whitesnake. Whatever you think about Whitesnake’s music (personally, I am a child of the 80s and a lover of that genre), they are a force of hard, heavy and blues power that is not to be reckoned with (if you can get past... »

  • Groove – Episode #42: Mai Leisz

    Groove – Episode #42: Mai Leisz

    She just turned thirty, but she is an old soul. It’s for this reason that she has fit in performing with artists like David Crosby, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Seal and others. Mai Leisz (formerly Mai Agan) is a curious and engaging bass player. The Estonian born composer started on classical violin and piano. At... »

  • Groove – Episode #41: Evan Marien

    Groove – Episode #41: Evan Marien

    Simply put, Evan Marien is a very exciting bass player. The composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist grew up in Illinois, but Brooklyn is now his home. And yes, he’s super active on YouTube and pushing his own projects, but you may not know that Evan was also the last bassist to work with the legendary guitarist,... »

  • Groove – Episode #40: Chris Wood

    Groove – Episode #40: Chris Wood

    Wikipedia can be funny sometimes. When you look for Chris Wood, he is listed as a “jazz musician” (this happens when there are multiple people with the same name). I wonder if Wood considers himself a jazz musician? Most know him as a founder, experimental player and musician visionary within the band Medeski Martin &... »

  • Groove – Episode #39: David Pastorius

    Groove – Episode #39: David Pastorius

    What are the odds? What are the odds that you start playing the electric bass, and it’s not because your uncle is Jaco Pastorius? It’s not because David Pastorius never met his uncle. It’s not that the family wasn’t close. All of this strangeness happened because David was not introduced to the instrument by his... »