CBC 232: Jory Herman on community engagement, balance, and resonant churches

San Diego Symphony bassist Jory Herman is today's guest!

San Diego Symphony bassist Jory Herman is today’s guest!

Today’s episode features Jory Herman, who is a member of the San Diego Symphony bass section and has just released his second solo album titled Life.  In addition to playing in the San Diego Symphony, Jory is actively involved in community engagement in the San Diego area.  He has recently become Director of Community Engagement with Art of Elan and is an active teacher and clinician.

We talk about his early years in music, studying bass with Paul Ellison at Rice University, and his time playing in the New World Symphony, where he got bitten by the community engagement bug.  We also discuss the recording of both his previous album of Bach Cello Suites and his most recent album, as well as what it’s like to continue to develop as a player and a person after landing an orchestra job.  Enjoy!

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Winning the Audition: Preparing for Audition Success

Winning the AuditionWelcome to Winning the Audition – a special series from Contrabass Conversations featuring advice from leaders in the field about preparing and executing auditions successfully.  This series is drawn from interviews conducted with dozens of bassists from orchestras like the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and Houston Symphony, plus some of the most influential pedagogues in the field.

Our sponsor for this episode is Discover Double Bass. This site is run by Geoff Chalmers and provides lessons and step-by-step courses on a variety of double bass areas of study. They’ve got free articles, string reviews and a show called Ask Geoff and Lauren where they answer questions from the double bass community. Geoff does great work and has built this into a tremendous resource for bassists everywhere. Check out over 70 free lessons and much more at discoverdoublebass.com!

About Winning the Audition

This series provides actionable advice that you can use to take your auditioning to the next level, and while we’re speaking with bassists for these episodes, the advice can certainly be applied to other instruments and disciplines as well.

This series is divided into four episodes: Preparing for Audition Success, Practicing Techniques for Peak Auditions, Preparation Routines That Work, and Sealing the Deal.  Special thanks goes to John Grillo, who was my co-host for many of these interviews.

Today’s episode includes advice from dozens of major figures in the bass world, including Lawrence Hurst, Michael Hovnanian, Ranaan Meyer, Ian Hallas, Brandon Mclean, Robin Kesselman, Ira Gold, Max Dimoff, Jack Budrow, Andrew Anderson, Rob Kassinger, Peter Tambroni, Greg Sarchet, Andrew Raciti, Marc Ramírez, Gaelen McCormick, Joseph Conyers, Colin Corner, Ju-Fang Liu, Jeffrey Turner, Owen Lee, Brad Opland, Alex Hanna,

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CBC 230: Taking the Podcast to the Next Level

Here are my “top secret” plans for the podcast!

Jason and Courtney

Here’s a little bit about what I’ve been working on since arriving here in San Francisco. I realized a few months back that I was sitting on this treasure trove of content from major figures in the music world. The back catalog for my podcast is about 8 or 9 solid days of listening. That’s fantastic… but how do you even begin to tackle that?

I decided to go through everything I’d ever put out and take detailed notes about what I talked about with everybody, making sure to timestamp each one of these topics. With 229 episodes in the back catalog, that’s no small feat.

I would wake up in the morning, brew a pot of coffee, and listen through podcasts until the sun set. I did this for about three weeks straight. The result: an “index of topics” that’s 37,000 words long.
OK–now I have this content all time-stamped and organized. Great! Now what?
As I began to listen to the older material, ideas for thematic episodes began to form. I quickly realized the value of being able to hear 10 major figures in the bass world each describe how they practice spiccato strokes, what they to 20 minutes before an audition, the biggest pitfalls their students face, stories of grit, inspiration, persistence…

I began sketching out the flow of some of these episodes, and a few days later, I started working on my first series of new thematic episodes. Here are details:

Winning the Audition

  • Episode 1: Preparing for Audition Success
  • Episode 2: Practicing Techniques for Peak Auditions
  • Episode 3: Preparation Routines That Work
  • Episode 4: Sealing the Deal

The first part will launch this Monday, and you’ll be hearing advice from dozens of major figures in the bass world, including Lawrence Hurst, Michael Hovnanian, Ranaan Meyer, Ian Hallas, Brandon Mclean, Robin Kesselman, Ira Gold, Max Dimoff, Jack Budrow, Andrew Anderson, Rob Kassinger, Peter Tambroni, Greg Sarchet, Andrew Raciti, Marc Ramírez, Gaelen McCormick, Joseph Conyers, Colin Corner, Ju-Fang Liu, Jeffrey Turner, Owen Lee, Brad Opland, Alex Hanna, and Ed Barker.

These episodes are drawn from a decade worth of interviews, and I think that you’ll find these both inspiring and useful. Look for episode 1 on Monday, and download the free Contrabass Conversations app to get these delivered directly to you!

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My Appearance on The Musician’s Guide to Hustling 2

I had a blast being interviewed by Seth Hanes for his excellent site The Musician’s Guide to Hustling.  Seth does in-depth interviews with interesting folks involved in the world of music.  Some of my recent favorites include:

Seth also has a great post about all the various day jobs (some of them quite funny) he’s held over the years.  It’s a fun read!

Check out our video below, and you can find more details covering our conversation on his site.


CBC 229: BASS2016 Prague European Biennial Double Bass Congress Preview

Today’s episode features a conversation with Ursula Dieterich-Pedersen, who is organizing the 5th European Biennial Double Bass Congress, which will be taking place in Prague this September 20-25. Ursula and I got a chance to talk recently about some of the details for the event. You can find all the details for this event at bass2016.eu.