I had a chance to sit down with Butler University double bass professor and noted soloist and clinician David Murray recently for an extremely fun and interesting interview.  David and I covered all sorts of topics, including lessons with Gary Karr (who was actually David’s first bass teacher–pretty good first […]

David Murray interview coming soon!

I had the chance to interview jazz bass legend Ron Carter recently for Contrabass Conversations.  Ron has, of course, been a hugely influential figure in the world of the bass, from his work with Miles Davis in the 1960s through his dozens of records as a bandleader.  Ron was recently named […]

Ron Carter interview coming soon!

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One of the most enjoyable things about hosting a show like this is that I have the opportunity to connect with people that I find interesting and that are really exploring different directions in the world of the double bass, and Brent Edmondson is a prime example of a person […]

CBC 182: Brent Edmondson Interview

Luthier week
We’re trying something new next week and featuring a complete week of coverage from some of our most influential double bass (and bow!) makers!  We will be running a new podcast with an interview with one of these luthiers.  Here’s the line-up: Monday – Susan Lipkins A graduate of Juilliard, Susan […]

Next week is Luthier Week on the podcast!

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We are featuring Carlos Henriquez on today’s show.  Carlos has been the bassist for the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for nearly 20 years, and he has just released his first solo album The Bronx Pyramid on Blue Engine Records.  You’ll hear clips from the […]

CBC 181: Carlos Henriquez Interview

We will be featuring an interview with bowmaker Susan Lipkins on Contrabass Conversations this month!  Sue is one of the most in-demand bowmakers in the country and has been creating quality handcrafted bows for years.  She is the first bowmaker that we’ve featured on the podcast, and you’re going to love […]

Bowmaker Susan Lipkins on the podcast this month!

We will be featuring double bassist Carlos Henriquez on Monday’s episode of Contrabass Conversations!  Carlos has played bass with Wynton Marsalis for the last 20 years and has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the same length of time.  You’ll really enjoy checking out our chat–stay […]

Carlos Henriquez on Monday’s podcast!

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Today’s guest is Ian Hallas, the newest member of the double bass section of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Ian successfully auditioned for Lyric in January of 2016 and joins a section with former Contrabass Conversations guests Greg Sarchet and Andrew Anderson.  Ian studied with Paul Ellison at Rice University and David […]

CBC 180: Audition Winner Ian Hallas (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

We will be featuring Nick Lloyd on Contrabass Conversations this month.  Nick’s basses have won numerous awards over the past decade, including 1st Place for the Maker’s Jury at the 2012 Copenhagen Bass Convention and the Certificates of Tone and Workmanship at the 2013 ISB Maker’s Competition.  I think that you’ll really […]

Nick Lloyd on upcoming Contrabass Conversations episode

I had the opportunity to sit down with George Martin of T & G Martin Basses and chat about their shop.  Tom Martin and family have been deep in the world of the double bass for decades, and they have been active doing restorations, building basses, and selling quality instruments. […]

Thomas and George Martin basses podcast feature coming soon

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We are featuring Douglas Mapp on today’s episode. Douglas is the current president of the International Society of Bassists and is also on faculty at Rowan University, where he is professor of jazz studies and teaches double bass. He is also extremely active as a performer, serving as principal bassist […]

CBC 179: Douglas Mapp Interview

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We are featuring a series of crazy gig stories that I had recorded in the first phase of the podcast. I had a total blast doing these back in the day and hope to do more of these in the near future. You’ll be hearing four of my own stories […]

Crazy Gig Stories!

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One of the new offerings from Contrabass Conversations in 2016 is an interview with people who have just won major professional double bass jobs.  In these episodes, we talk through their audition process and preparation and delve into techniques for finding success in auditions. Our first guest for this new project […]

Profiling audition winners on Contrabass Conversations – first episode next ...

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Today’s episode is a bit of a departure from the norm for us. This is a recording of a talk I did for the Illinois American String Teachers Association’s Fall Teacher Enrichment Workshop in October of 2015.  I have been involved with this organization for many years and am their […]

CBC 178: Useful Music Apps