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NOTES FROM AN ARTIST with David C. Gross and Tom Semioli What happens when two road warrior musicians walk into a studio with a renowned peer? Or a legend, or two, or three? Tune in as bassist, author, and educator David C. Gross (http://www.thebassguitarchannel.com/) and bassist, journalist Tom Semioli (http://www.knowyourbassplayer.com/) host Notes From An Artist. Insightful, intriguing, and informative, Notes From An Artist brings you behind the scenes with individuals who forged a timele ...
 
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"We are an artist driven label which refuses to be labeled!" The role of the indie record company imprint in popular music cannot be understated. From garage rock to modern jazz - independent labels have nurtured artists who continue to make a tremendous impact on the masses. Enter Tor Hansen and Glenn Dicker; founders of Yep Roc. Among the giants …
 
Art has to always be indefinable!” Artist, Author, Educator Gene Wisniewski discusses topics from his book “The Art of Looking at Art” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) with hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli. Gene, David, and Tom note the distinct similarities between musicians and fine artists. "Anything can be art, and then you manifest it!" T…
 
Composer, Educator, Champan Stick / Warr Guitarist, recording artist, producer, and entrepreneur, Trey Gunn is known to the masses for his tenure in King Crimson from 1994 through 2003. However there’s more to Trey than his work with Robert Fripp: Gunn has authored three score books, and helms a media company in Seattle: 7d among other endeavors. T…
 
“The plan was…I had no plan!” Photographer / author Bob Gruen’s images have forged an indelible mark on the artform of rock and roll. Spanning such artists as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Clash, Ike & Tina Turner, New York Dolls, Rolling Stones, Kiss, and Led Zeppelin to cite a select few, Gruen takes us behind -the- scenes on a rollercoaster ride o…
 
“The plan was…I had no plan!” Photographer / author Bob Gruen’s images have forged an indelible mark on the artform of rock and roll. Spanning such artists as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Clash, Ike & Tina Turner, New York Dolls, Rolling Stones, Kiss, and Led Zeppelin to cite a select few, Gruen takes us behind -the- scenes on a rollercoaster ride o…
 
Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli ruminate o’er The Beatles GET BACK documentary. and discuss the upcoming NOTES FROM AN ARTIST TEEN CANCER ‘GET BACK NYC’ concert on 6 December at (tickets) www.TheCuttingRoomNYC.com wherein New York City’s most eclectic musical artists band together to render songs from The Beatles’ GET BACK Documentary to help …
 
Among the elite drummers on stage and in the recording studio, Chris Parker reflects on a career that spans jazz, rock, funk, folk, blues, and permutations thereof. Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli delve deep into Chris’ work with Stuff, and how that ensemble came to define the sound of 1970s New York City. And Chris continues to make history o…
 
Among the elite drummers on stage and in the recording studio, Chris Parker reflects on a career that spans jazz, rock, funk, folk, blues, and permutations thereof. Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli delve deep into Chris’ work with Stuff, and how that ensemble came to define the sound of 1970s New York City. And Chris continues to make history o…
 
She is the voice of the “orchestral” rock collective Renaissance which came to great prominence in the 1970s along with such progressive ensembles including Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, The Strawbs and Gentle Giant. A spirited conversationalist, Annie shares tales of her career as a fashion designer on Saville Row; studies with opera si…
 
What do Canned Heat, Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, Heart, Chris Hillman, Firefall, Dan Fogelberg, Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Kelly Willis, Alejandro Escovdeo, and Ian McLagan have in common? Bassist Mark Andes! From his Texas home, Mark affords NOTES FROM AN ARTIST a candid interview on his career including his thoughts on; Led Zeppelin’s “appropriation” of a…
 
Few classical bassists have forged a career comparable to Gary Karr. A virtuoso, recording artist, and educator – Karr founded the International Society of Bassists in 1967. His groundbreaking performances as a solo bassist have inspired generations of players spanning rock, jazz, classical and experimental, to cite a few. An artist who incorporate…
 
Few classical bassists have forged a career comparable to Gary Karr. A virtuoso, recording artist, and educator – Karr founded the International Society of Bassists in 1967. His groundbreaking performances as a solo bassist have inspired generations of players spanning rock, jazz, classical and experimental, to cite a few. An artist who incorporate…
 
Among the most iconic and recognizable voices in the history of popular music, Zombies lead singer and recording artist Colin Blunstone discusses the band’s sixty-year legacy along with their future plans. From his London home, Colin shares anecdotes from recording sessions past, the good fortune he’s enjoyed throughout his career, and enthuses ove…
 
Bassist, Author, Clinician, Podcast Host, Composer, Conductor, Blogger, Vlogger, Video Personality …those are just a scant few of Jason Heath’s titles. A master player, you’d be hard-pressed to encounter an individual who exudes more enthusiasm for the instrument and what Notes From An Artist refers to as “the big M” – i.e., music! Heath’s humor an…
 
Self-taught and greatly inspired by Charles Mingus and British and American rhythm and blues, Percy Jones plies his craft with a repertoire of glissandos, harmonics, and three-finger riffage, among other techniques, in his work as a jazz-fusion prog-rock master. A composer, arranger, sideman, collaborator, multi-instrumentalist, and solo recording …
 
“New York City Rocker Laureate” (Huffington Post) Edward Rogers discusses his latest release Catch A Cloud (2021/Zip Records) which features an all-star cast comprised of Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks, Cracker, Lisa Burns, The Runaways, Kim Fowley), Don Piper, Konrad Meissner (Tracy Bonham, Mary Lee’s Corvette), James Mastro (Ian Hunter, The Bongos…
 
“I've travelled around the world and when you say you're from Southern California everybody knows what you're supposed to sound like...and I think that's a good thing….” SoCal punk legend Greg Antista discusses his latest album “Under The Neon Heat” with his band The Lonely Streets, and reflects on this rich history of indie and alternative rock in…
 
Why are older music fans (and musicians) having a hard time grasping contemporary music? Among the many topics trumpeter / composer / recording artist / educator / producer / journalist Ben Neill discusses with hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli include the emerging role (and popularity) of timbre in modern pop compositions and recordings in comp…
 
Why are older music fans (and musicians) having a hard time grasping contemporary music? Among the many topics trumpeter / composer / recording artist / educator / producer / journalist Ben Neill discusses with hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli include the emerging role (and popularity) of timbre in modern pop compositions and recordings in comp…
 
"I was really aiming high right out of the gate…” Bassist, recording artist, composer, baseball devotee Greg Chaisson reflects on his career as a hard rock bassist with Badlands, Steeler, to cite a few, and his current band Atomic Kings (formerly Kings of Dust). Chaisson came to the instrument purely by chance. “I’d listen to Mel Schacher and I’d l…
 
Bass guitarist and bona fide Beatle-ologist John Montagna brings us a Tips From The Top episode which delves deep into Sir Paul McCartney’s groundbreaking passage to George Harrison’s “Something” from the final slab waxed, though not the last released, by the Fab Four in their lifetime – Abbey Road. With hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli, the th…
 
Vinyl aficionados rejoice! Authors Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks) and acclaimed veteran rock scribe and former major label executive Mitchell Cohen discuss their new book THE WHITE LABEL PROMO PRESERVATION SOCIETY: 100 FLOP ALBUMS YOU OUGHT TO KNOW (HoZac Books 2021) with host David C. Gross and Tom Semioli. A collection of essays by Maida, Cohen, …
 
Vinyl aficionados rejoice! Authors Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks) and acclaimed veteran rock scribe and former major label executive Mitchell Cohen discuss their new book THE WHITE LABEL PROMO PRESERVATION SOCIETY: 100 FLOP ALBUMS YOU OUGHT TO KNOW (HoZac Books 2021) with host David C. Gross and Tom Semioli. A collection of essays by Maida, Cohen, …
 
You judge a musician by the company he keeps! A New York City sax colossus, Arno Hecht is a founding member of the iconic Uptown Horns (with Larry Etkin, Bob Funk, Paul Litteral, and Crispin Cioe), the go-to section for artists spanning The Rolling Stones, Joan Jett, Late Night with David Letterman, Iggy Pop, David Johansen, Ronnie Spector, J. Geil…
 
John Altman: Not to be confused with the British actor, this Londoner is among the most prolific and accomplished composers, arrangers, and producers in the history of recorded music. And when he’s not scoring films (James Bond), or making hits with George Michael, Monty Python (“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”), Rod Stewart, Tina Turner an…
 
John Altman: Not to be confused with the British actor, this Londoner is among the most prolific and accomplished composers, arrangers, and producers in the history of recorded music. And when he’s not scoring films (James Bond), or making hits with George Michael, Monty Python (“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”), Rod Stewart, Tina Turner an…
 
Michael League: The Snarkiest Puppy Perseveres! He is a bassist, producer, collaborator, entrepreneur, label owner, recording artist, musical director, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and… light-bulb changer! As the founder and bandleader of Snarky Puppy, Michael League has carried the torch of world music – jazz fusion maestros such as Joe Zawinu…
 
Dave Swift (Later…with Jools Holland NOTES FROM AN ARTIST WITH DAVE SWIFT: He is the UK’s most recognized bass player by way of his tenure on the BBC's “Later…with Jools Holland” television program for over two decades which features legendary and undiscovered artists for live studio performances, interviews and musical magic. Dave is also a devout…
 
“Let me call Paul and see what he has to say about it…” Drummer, producer, recording artist, bandleader, session ace Denny Seiwell reflects on his work with Paul McCartney on the recording of RAM in New York City in 1971 and his role as the drummer and co-producer of RAM ON: A 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF PAUL AND LINDA MCCARTNEY’S RAM out now o…
 
“Jeff is the best bass player on the planet!” proclaimed Geddy Lee! “Jeff the best bass player I’ve ever heard” noted Jack Bruce. In fact, Jeff Berlin is not only a master bassist, recording artist, music journalist, podcast host, and composer – he is an acclaimed and controversial educator whose books, lectures and videos are essential for serious…
 
Though he never achieved the commercial success of his contemporaries Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page – the late Irish blues master Rory Gallagher was among the most lyrical guitarists of his era. The bassist for Rory’s entire recorded solo canon was John Gerrard “Gerry” McAvoy. Unlike traditional blues rock players, McAvoy…
 
To rock bass players who came of age in the late 1970s and early 1980s Bruce Thomas was the main Attraction! He is among the outstanding bass players of Britain’s golden era of singer-songwriter “pub rockers” – which somehow got categorized as “punk.” Akin to Norman Watt-Roy (Ian Dury & The Blockheads), Graham Maby (Joe Jackson Band) and Andrew Bod…
 
“I always try to play with feel…” You’ve heard him on the radio…you’ve heard him on the juke box on the song “Juke Box Hero” among many others….and you’ve likely seen him on the concert stage. Rick Wills commenced his remarkable chart-topping career as a bassist with British blues rockers Jokers Wild in 1965 – which also featured future Pink Floyd …
 
To paraphrase Dr. Winston O’Boogie (John Lennon speaking of Chuck Berry and the art of rock and roll) – if you want to call solo bass by another name…call it… Michael Manring! A fretless virtuoso, Manring brings the instrument to places hitherto unknown, unexplored, and untried – until now. Working his virtuosity on the fretless with a myriad of to…
 
Sideman, bandmember, producer, composer, arranger, vocalist, recording artist, and bassist, among other titles, if we were to list John Regan’s entire curricula vitae we may break the internet. A master pocket and melodic player, among John’s credits include his extensive tenure with Peter Frampton, along with his work on stage and/or in the studio…
 
“With great powers come great responsibilities!” Benny Rietveld is the longest tenured bassist in the matchless history of Santana. He followed the footprints (Miles pun intended) of Michael Henderson, Dave Holland, Darryl Jones, Marcus Miller, Harvey Brooks, Foley, and an electrified Ron Carter, among others as the voltage enhanced anchor of the M…
 
Among the most prolific, versatile and accomplished bassists on stage and on record, Rodolfo Maximiliano Sarzo Lavieille Grande Ruiz Payret y Chaumont aka Rudy Sarzo has anchored some of hard rock’s most groundbreaking and influential artists: Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteem, and Tony MacAlpine, to cite a select few. Al…
 
Sit back and enjoy this conversation with legendary bassist Leo Lyons of Ten Years After with host David C. Gross and Know Your Bass Player “honcho” Tom Semioli. Leo discusses his influences, memorable gigs, Woodstock, his "Ian Hunter" bass, his signature Bass Centre instrument, and reflections on his career and where the art of rock and roll is he…
 
“Jim Fielder is one of the pioneers of the Fender Bass. His lines were as important and recognizable to listeners as the melodies and words.” Ron McClure (Charles Lloyd Quartet, Joe Henderson, Blood Sweat & Tears). With host David C. Gross and Know Your Bass Player “honcho” Tom Semioli, bassist Jim Fielder recalls his early years, influences, and e…
 
FREEBO INTERVIEW: One name, one groovin’ cat! A master of blues, folk, roots music, and a longtime associate of Bonnie Raitt (he anchored her stage and studio band from 1971-79), Freebo was an early proponent of the fretless in a pop context. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording artist, singer, and producer, Freebo has waxed sides and share…
 
“It’s nice to talk with like-minded people…” From the City University of New York, Queens College, session bassist and producer Harvey Brooks was the go-to player on the New York City studio scene in the 1960s and 1970s and helped to establish the electric bass in modern popular music and jazz. Brooks brought his understanding of blues, pop, soul, …
 
“At some point, rock and roll became more intelligent…” Richard Thompson joins hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli to discuss his new autobiography BEESWING: LOSING MY WAY AND FINDING MY VOICE 1967-1975 – available now on Algonquin Books. Richard Thompson's widely beloved early work within the band Fairport Convention revived British folk traditio…
 
An icon of the instrument, a jazz giant, and an insightful educator – Ron Carter discusses his latest book aptly entitled CHARTOGRAPHY (www.RonCarterBooks.com) which transcribes five performances of “Autumn Leaves” as played by Miles Davis' Second Quartet circa 1963-1967. Says Ron: "A single, one-chorus transcription of a bass line you admire canno…
 
You’ve heard him on “Right Place, Wrong Time,” “Cissy Strut” “Lady Marmalade,” to cite a select few. If you build a Mt. Rushmore of bass players, get to work on George Porter Jr.’s profile! From a February 2021 interview hosted by David C. Gross with Know Your Bass Player “honcho” Tom Semioli, this icon of the electric bass talks about his life, ca…
 
“Once you can play your instrument, the next question is ‘are you listening to what is going on around you...” From THE BASS GUITAR CHANNEL RADIO SHOW broadcast in February 2021 host David C. Gross and Know Your Bass Player“honcho” Tom Semioli talk with bassist Larry Grenadier. Larry talks about the merits of streaming and the traditional album for…
 
Among the most in-demand, versatile session cats since the late 1970’s, Carmine Rojas’ credits on stage and on record span David Bowie, Tina Turner, Joe Bonamassa, Carlos Santana, Nona Hendryx, Ian Neville, Allen Toussaint, Paul Rogers, Rod Stewart, John Waite, Carly Simon, and Herbie Hancock to cite a very, very select few. A composer, producer, m…
 
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