Crazy Stand Partners

Here’s a video about an, ahem, colorful stand partner that I had back in the day.  I wonder who I’m talking about…

CBC 209: Joe Conyers on Curtis, being yourself, and musical entrepreneurship 1

Philadelphia Orchestra assistant principal bassist Joe Conyers is featured on today's podcast

Philadelphia Orchestra assistant principal bassist Joe Conyers is featured on today’s podcast

I’m thrilled to bring you this episode featuring Joe Conyers.  Joe is the assistant principal bass for the Philadelphia Orchestra and is the founder of Project 440, a nonprofit organization that brings music to young people in Philadelphia.  We’re joined on this episode by John Grillo, my longtime podcast collaborator.

John and I talk with Joe about topics such as:

  • growing up in Savannah
  • studying with Hal Robinson at Curtis
  • the audition circuit
  • becoming comfortable with your own playing
  •  the mission of Project 440
  •  conducting Philadelphia’s All-City Orchestra


Would you like to write a guest post for the blog?

I realized the other day that I haven’t mentioned guest blogging since relaunching in 2015.

love having people write guest posts!  We had a bunch of guest contributors back in the day, and it’s great to get different voices and perspectives here on the blog.

Let me know if you might be interested in doing a guest post–just shoot me an email at and I’ll give you the details.

Leave a review for Contrabass Conversations on iTunes!

I have never really asked for reviews for Contrabass Conversations in the past, mainly because it bugs me when podcasts that I listen to barrage me with 10,000 requests every time I listen.

Having said that, I actually would love it if you could take 20 seconds to rate the podcast, or even leave a short review.  This helps with all sorts of behind-the-scenes things in the podcast world (search ranking, discoverability, etc).

Here’s the link for Contrabass Conversations in iTunes.  You’ll be my hero if you take a second and visit the page!

If iTunes isn’t your jam, you can also check out the podcast on Google Play Music, and you can check out our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle.