Thanks for stopping in at the Bass Blog. This blog is designed as a resource for my Long & McQuade bass students as well as anyone interested in what is happening in my bass world. I’ll be posting bass and music links that you might find interesting as well as lesson content including hand outs I’ve given with video examples. Feel free to comment on posts and send questions my way.
I started out playing bass when a high school friend said he needed a bass player. Some of you are starting off the exact same way as I did. Soon after that I was in my first gigging band Section Eight. We actually did quite well culminating in a show presented at the El Mocambo by CFNY FM. Kevan and Gary from that band went on to play in a Juno nominated band King Cobb Steelie while I went to Humber College to study jazz performance. I would love to have been part of KCS but Humber played a huge part in making me the musician I am today. I certainly couldn’t do some of the gigs I do without the Humber background.
Shortly after graduating from Humber I started a second career at Young Drivers of Canada. Long story short I ran the Young Drivers of Canada franchise in London for 20 years, selling the business in December 2011. I actually did not play bass during the early years as a YD franchise owner but in the mid 2000s I picked up the basses again and since that time every year has gotten better and better. Here’s a list of groups and artists I’ve been lucky to play with. Check out the links to hear their music. Maybe you’ll buy a CD!
Aeolian Hall House Band
Antler River Project (JRMA Winner)
Alfredo Cajax Latin Ensemble (JRMA** Winner) Alfredo is Mr Sunfest!
Catherine McInnes Home County Folk Festival Music Director
Coco Love Alcorn (ECMA* Nominee)
Emm Gryner (3 Time Juno Nominee)
Gina Farrugia (JRMA Winner) – A Great vocal coach.
Karen Scheussler Singers (JRMA Winner)
Light of East Ensemble (JRMA Winner)
Marty Kolls (JRMA Nominee
Rant Maggie Rant
Twilight Hotel (2 Time Juno Nominee)
*East Coast Music Awards **Jack Richardson Music Awards
I’ve played everything from intimate club shows to large festivals and national live radio shows. I’ve played in theatre pit bands, jazz ensembles, with singer songwriters. I’ve played bass on the following recordings
Rant Maggie Rant – To be released September 2013
Marty Kolls – To be released 2013
Stringbone – To be released 2013
Beyond Our Shores – Light of East Ensemble – Released November 2009
Road To Freedom – Karen Schuessler Singers – Released March 2009
Sharon Beeler – In a Slow Groove – Released 2008
Simply Joy – Believe in a Better World – Released 2008
Leah Morise – Released 2006