The Real World: June 2013

Home base Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Sam Warshaw

Home base Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Occupation Professional bassist and arranger
Gigs Headline entertainer in the cruise industry and session player
Basses Fender American Jazz Bass and 4-string Marcus Miller Jazz Bass Rig Gallien-Krueger 4x10 and 1x15
Strings, etc. D’Addarios, .040–.105
Heroes & inspiration Victor Wooten, Regi Wooten, Larry Graham, Prince, Michael Jackson, Sting, Marcus Miller, Patti LaBelle, Rickey Minor, Tina Turner, and David Foster, to name a few

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How did you come to play bass?

I started by accident when I was about 11 years old. I was in band playing French horn, and the director needed a bass player for jazz band, so I took the opportunity!

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?

Music is a journey that never ends, especially as a career. It’s great to make goals for yourself, but you have to be willing to take the journey and see where it takes you.

What are your musical goals?

My dream gig is to hold a spot on a late-night show like Leno or Letterman, but right now, my goal is to continue growing my entertainment company, which produces acts in the cruise industry.

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