LEARN! ABSORB! PLAY BETTER! SOUND BETTER!
Saturday 10:30-11:30 AM
Room A: Rhonda Smith (sponsored by PRS)
Room B: Wojtek Pilichowski
Saturday 12:30-1:30 PM
Room A: Steve Bailey Education Panel with Alphonso Johnson, Jerry Watts, Norm Stockton, Janek Gwizdala, Roy Vogt, and Danny Morris
Room B: Oskar Cartaya Latin Bass Roundtable with Carlitos DelPuerto, and John Pena
Saturday 2:30-3:30 PM
Room A: Abraham Laboriel, Bakithi Kumalo (sponsored by Kala)
Room B: Legends of New York Bass: Chuck Rainey, and Jerry Jemmott
Saturday 4:30-5:30 PM
Room A: Henrik Linder
Room B: TV Bass Roundtable with Mike Merritt, Jimmy Earl, Alex Al and John B. Williams
Room B: Shavo (sponsored by Ashdown)
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Sunday 11:00 AM-12 Noon
Room A: dUg Pinnick
Room B: Bass Set-Up Panel with Roger Sadowsky and Mike Tobias
Sunday 12:45-1:45 PM
Room A: Rickey Minor
Room B: Rudy Sarzo and Brian Bromberg
Sunday 2:15-3:15 PM
Room A: Gary Willis (sponsored by Ibanez, Aguilar, and D'Addario)
Room B Multi-String Metal Mash-Up with Jeff Hughell and Nick Schendzielos
Sunday 4:00-5:00 PM
Room A: Tim Lefebvre
Room B: Robert "Bubby" Lewis
Tal Wilkenfeld (solo artist, Jeff Beck)
Lee Sklar (session legend, Phil Collins)
Ready Freddy Washington (session legend, Steely Dan)
Sean Hurley (L.A. session ace, John Mayer)
Bob Glaub (session legend, Jackson Browne)
Phil Chen (Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck)
Kaveh Rastegar (Kneebody, John Legend)
Igor Saavedra (solo artist, 8-string pioneer)
Miles Mosley (solo artist, Chris Cornell)
Bobby Vega (Sly Stone, Mickey Hart)
Jon Reshard (solo artist, Greg Howe)
Steve Jenkins (solo artist, Vernon Reid)
Paul D’Amour (Lesser Key, Tool)
Vince Dennis (Ice T’s Body Count)
Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford)
Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies)
Brandino (Robby Kreiger, Aretha Franklin)
Divinity Roxx (solo artist, Beyonce)
Peter Charell (Trapt)
Gustavo Aued (Powerman 5000)
Scott Reader (Kyuss, the Obessesed)
Andy Irvine (solo artist, Neil Zaza)
Andy Calder (Willie Waldman, One Ton Pig)
Reggie Hamilton (L.A. session ace, Seal)
BASS PLAYER LIVE! 2014 BIOS
The 2014 Bass Player Live! Award Winners
One of the most recorded and revered studio musicians in pop music history, Bass Player LIVE! Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Abraham Laboriel is also an innovator who has brought new techniques and global grooves to the bass lexicon via the thousands of albums he has played on. His wide-ranging credits run the gamut from Quincy Jones, George Benson, Miles Davis and Paul Simon to Michael Jackson, Madonna, Lionel Richie, Barbra Streisand and Dolly Parton.
Young Gun Award-winner Henrik Linder was a student at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm when Dirty Loops first rose to prominence as accidental internet sensations with their fusion covers of pop megahits, starting with Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance.” What’s happened since is no accident, as Dirty Loops’ debut Loopified (Verve) showcases a trio as adept at creating inventive, infectious pop originals as creatively reimagining global hits. Linder’s virtuoso slap, pluck and chordal style on 5- and 6-string bass is both anchor and color for the Swedish group’s unique sound.
Alex Al: A key member of the late Michael Jackson’s final band, L.A. session ace Alex Al was most recently seen nightly throwing down with his Jazz Bass and keyboard bass on the Arsenio Hall Show. Ever-versatile, he can be heard on brand new sides from Mariah Carey, Jackson Browne and Brian Culbertson.
The grand master of the fretless 6-string and veteran solo artist and sideman has settled in nicely as Chairman of the Bass Department at Berklee, while still finding time to tour with Victor Wooten in Bass Extremes, and record, produce and perform in various side projects.
The Puerto Rican-born, Bronx-seasoned bassist, producer, composer has toured and recorded with everyone from Spyro Gyra and Herb Alpert to J-Lo and Willie Colón, Since moving to L.A., he has added film scoring to his career file.
Carlos Del Puerto, Jr.
“Carlitos,” the son of Cuban bass legend Carlos Del Puerto, Sr. (Irakare) has been the hottest doubler on the planet, hopping from gigs with Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Chris Botti, Chick Corea, David Sanborn & Bob James and the Gipsy Kings. He can be heard on Billy Childs’ excellent new album, Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro.
Best known for his versatile, lockdown role on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Earl’s rich history includes stops with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Robben Ford, as well as his most recent solo album, Renewing Disguises.
The U.K.-born jazz bass guitar phenom is a multi-media force, with tours, recordings (including his most recent, Theatre by the Sea), books, his interactive website and an upcoming app. Janek was most recently in the studio in Brooklyn recording his next album with Gary Husband and Nir Felder.
7-string metal bass force Jeff Hughell anchors Six Feet Under and Reciprocal. He has also been performing in support of his second solo album, Chaos Labyrinth.
The recipient of Bass Player’s 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award, session giant Jerry Jemmott left immortal fingerprints on seminal ’60s sides with Aretha Franklin, B.B. King and King Curtis. More recently he has anchored Gregg Allman’s band, and since relocating to L.A. in 2012, he has formed the Kingpins with Guitar Shorty and drummer Steve Ferrone.
Bass Player’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Alphonso Johnson most recently provided bass for the new Sergio Mendes album, Magic. He also serves as an Instructor of Jazz Studies and Popular Music at USC’s Thornton School of Music.
The legendary South African bassist is best known for his immortal fretless sides with Paul Simon. He has also forged a multi-album solo career and sideman recordings with and the Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock and the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Featured on Bass Player’s November ’14 cover, Tim Lefebvre continues to be all over the musical map, performing and/or recording with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mark Giuliana, Donny McCaslin, Wayne Krantz, Toto, Louis Cole and Mark de Clive Lowe.
Robert "Bubby" Lewis
A much in-demand sideman with such artists as Lupe Fiasco, Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Kim Burrel and Tha Game, 6-string ace Bubby Lewis is about to turn heads with his dynamic debut solo album, Gold Rush.
The son of jazz bassist Jymie Merritt, Mike has anchored Conan since its inception. He has also recorded with Shemekia and Johnny Copeland, Levon Helm, Phoebe Snow, and his sister Mharlyn on their 2005 release, Alone Together.
The hardest working man in showbiz is returning for another season as musical director/bassist of American Idol, while also immersed various other music and TV projects at his new Red Lotus Studios—including Dave Koz’s all-star Christmas duets album, The 25th of December.
Known for his muted timbre and warm personality, “D Mo” has been teaching bass students at Berklee for the past 27 years. He has authored courses for the Bass, Ensemble and Liberal Arts departments, as well as Berklee’s global-reaching online school.
Shavo Odajian: System of a Down bass force Shavo is the steely backbone of the band’s five albums, which have collectively sold over 40 million copies, worldwide. A multi-instrumentalist, he has also recorded with George Clinton, RZA and Brooklyn Zoo, and he is making his Bass Player LIVE! debut.
Veteran L.A. session ace John Peña has recorded with everyone from Tania Maria and Larry Carlton to Diana Ross and Barry Manilow. His excellent 2012 solo album is Call It Grace.
The Polish-born bass guitar virtuoso last appeared at Bass Player LIVE! in New York City, in 2005. Wojtek’s return coincides with the release of his new fusion-funk-electronica album (and 12th solo effort), Intro.
King’s X rock bass and vocal master dUg Pinnick appeared in last year’s Bass Player LIVE! concert tribute to Geezer Butler. His latest album is Pinnick Gales Pridgen: PGP 2, with guitarist Eric Gales and drummer Thomas Pridgen.
The N.Y. and L.A. session bass legend (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Quincy Jones) received his Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award back in 1999, and marks his return and clinic debut this year. Chuck has been hitting the road of late, with Marlena Shaw and in support of his latest album, Interpretations of a Groove.
Saavy rock veteran Rudy Sarzo has appeared on seminal recordings and tours with Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio, and Blue Oyster Cult. He shares his insight on those experiences via an in-depth feature in the December issue of Bass Player.
5-string metal bass monster Nick Schendzielos anchors Job for a Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage. His stormin’ style can be heard on Cowboy’s just-released Sun Eater.
From her longtime role as Prince’s bassist to her two fine solo CDs (Intellipop and RS2), Rhonda Smith has had a dynamic career. Her current role in Jeff Beck’s band continues on tour opposite ZZ Top, while she works to complete her next solo album.
Top bassist and noted educator Norm Stockton has been balancing gigs with Bobby Kimball and Bill Champlin with his innstructional website, www.artofgroove.com. His latest book is The Worship Bass Book: Bass, Espresso & The Art Of Groove.
Nashville mainstay Roy Vogt has made his mark on the musical and educational side of bass, including co-writing with Victor Wooten, creating the Teach Me Bass Guitar program, and releasing his most recent album, Urban Legend.
In addition to his role as Bass Department Chair at LACM (Los Angeles College of Music), Watts has recorded with Andy Summers, Flora Purim and Peter Cetera. He also hosted one of the most memorable Bass Player LIVE! clinics, in 2012, featuring the 18-piece John Daversa Progressive Big Band.
John B. Williams
A jazz mainstay with everyone from Nancy Wilson to the late Horace Silver, John B. is best known for his TV stays on the Tonight Show in N.Y., with Johnny Carson, and as a member of the Arsenio Hall Show’s Posse.
The iconic fretless master, who has had a major impact on the musical and technical side of bass, makes his Bass Player LIVE! clinic and performance debut (with Henrik Linder, Scott Kinsey and Kirk Covington). Best know as the co-leader of Tribal Tech and various jazz-electronica collabs, Gary’s latest album is the trio date, Retro.