I’ve known double bassist Jeff Bradetich ever since high school, and he is, without a doubt, one of the most influential forces in my learning how to play the bass and my desire to pursue it as a career. Here’s a great shot (found on Facebook, probably from 1993 or so) of me (front right) at a dinner with Jeff and the other participants of his annual Bradetich Master Class:
Jeff has recently started a foundation to help advace the field of the double bass. If you’re able to give something financially to help with this laudable cause, please visit bradetichfoundation.org and make a controbution. You’ll be helping the entire bass community by doing this.
About the Bradetich Foundation
The Bradetich Foundation was established in 2008 with the sole purpose of advancing the performing, teaching and knowledge of the double bass. It represents the vision of founder Jeff Bradetich and the culmination of his 30 years of service to the profession.
The Foundation is dedicated to identifying the top performers in the world and helping to develop their careers through major competitions, debut concerts in New York and London, CD recordings and concert tours.
The educational outreach of the Foundation is a cornerstone of its work. Through instructional and performance DVD’s, concerts for children and older adults, and the promotion of the instrument through traditional and non-traditional media, the Foundation will work to raise the standard of the double bass and improve its standing in the general public.
The Bradetich Foundation will continue to establish and promote workshops and conferences throughout the world, bringing together the top minds in the field to share their artistry, philosophies and experience to the next generation of bass players.