This week’s Contrabass Conversations episode features the second half of our interview with double bassist Guy Tuneh, conducted over a distance of thousands of miles. It was a real pleasure to get to sit down and chat with Guy–he’s a warm, intelligent, and passionate individual, and these traits come through in his speaking just like they do in his bass playing. You can visit him online at www.guytuneh.com. You will also get a chance to hear the great jazz bassist Brian Bromberg perform and hear some bass playing from L.A. bassist Nam Chi Vu. Enjoy!
CBC #33 Show Notes
Release Date: 8/12/07
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Music played: “A Love Affair” from Wood II
Visit him online at http://www.brianbromberg.net/
Brian was born December 5th, 1960 in Tucson Arizona. He grew up in a family of musicians and artists. His father and brother played the drums. With all that music around the house, and drums all over the place, it was natural for Brian to start playing the drums as well. Brian was two and a half years old, beating up the furniture and banging on anything that didn’t move. After some years of playing and practicing, Brian began his professional career as a drummer at the age of thirteen.
In elementary and Jr.high School, Brian also played the cello. That was one instrument that Brian did not feel very comfortable playing. One day in orchestra class at jr. high, the orchestra director came over to Brian and said, hey Brian, you see that big bass over there in the corner? You know that nobody is playing it. Don’t you want to play that big cool bass over there? You see, the orchestra director had a plan. He thought that having one bad bass player was better then not having one at all. That was his way of getting Brian to stop trying to saw his cello in half!
That day was a blessing in disguise. Brian didn’t realize that he had the gift for melody as well as rhythm. With his drumming background, and all this new melody available to him from the bass, Brian knew that this was going to be his path.
From ages fourteen to eighteen, Brian locked himself up in a room and practiced day and night. Testing out of high school early and devoting all his time to music, for the next few years Brian played every type of gig imaginable. Quite often Brian would play five to seven nights a week with several different bands.
Brian’s first big break came in 1979 when Marc Johnson, the wonderful bassist with the great jazz pianist Bill Evans, heard Brian play. Several months later while on tour, Marc ran into legendary jazz saxophonist Stan Getz. Stan was looking for a new bass player and asked Marc if he knew any new young players. Marc told Stan about Brian. Brian auditioned for Stan and joined the Stan Getz quintet in December of 1979. Brian had just turned 19 and spent nearly a year touring the world with Stan and his band.
-she will be releasing a solo double bass album late this year, so stay tuned for that, but check out this sampler featuring many of her bass highlights from various musical situations.
About Nam Chi Vu:
Nam Chi Vu has been singing since she was twelve years old, playing electric bass guitar
since she was thirteen, acting since she was fourteen, and playing upright bass since she was
sixteen. Her background consists of several genres from classical, jazz, rock, to pop. Her
experience goes from sharing the stage in master classes with Victor Wooten to rocking out with
Chicago based band Veruca Salt. Nam Chi is currently in the studio with world-renowned
producer/bass player Josquin des Pres of Track Star Studios and will be featured on a
compilation featuring Dennis Chambers of Santana, members of the Gipsy Kings, and numerous
other celebrities to be announced. She is also currently in the studio and on tour with EMI
songwriter/ Warner Brothers record producer Kim Bingham, also known as the former backup
vocalist and guitarist for Nelly Furtado, and have had recordings with Kim produced by Steve
Porcaro of Toto which were featured in Hollywood films. Nam Chi Vu currently plays Carvin “Bunny
Brunel” 4 & 5 String Signature basses, Kesslar Contrabass with French Bow and Underwood
Pickup, Carvin B800 Combo, and La Bella strings.
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