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Bass Magazine and the Los Angeles College of Music are presenting the first in their series of Low End Live Masterclasses with Episode 1 focusing on bass pedals and effects. 

Guests on the masterclass are Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Black Crowes), Julie Slick (Adrian Belew, Crimson ProjeKCt), Ian Martin Allison (Eric Hutchinson, Cory Wong), Neil Jason (Brecker Brothers, Billy Joel), John Avila (Oingo Boingo, Neil Young), and Jonathan Herrera (Cathedrals, Miguel Migs). 

The event will be hosted by LACM Bass Department Chair Jerry Watts Jr. and Bass Magazine's Jon D'Auria and Chris Jisi. 

Wednesday, October 21st, at 4:00pm PST 

The event is free to the public and you can register Here:


About the Artists:

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Tim Lefebvre

Throughout his wide-ranging career, Tim Lefebvre has amassed a reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative bassists. The Foxboro-native’s creative playing style is an addictive blend of jazz improvisation, rock undertones, and electronic grooves that can be heard on his appearances on over 150 recordings, ranging from Grammy award-winning albums such as David Bowie’s Blackstar to the soundtracks of classic films such as The Departed. From 2013 to 2018, Lefebvre was the bassist of the dynamic blues rock ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band, and he can be heard on their three most recent releases, Let Me Get By (2016), Live From The Fox Oakland (2017), and Signs (2019). Before joining the group, he worked with artists such as Uri Caine, Chris Botti, and Leni Stern. Now based in Los Angeles, Lefebvre is currently the bassist for numerous groups, most notably with jazz-fusion guitarist Wayne Krantz, improvisational free-jazz group Whose Hat Is This?, and his Blackstar bandmate Donny McCaslin.

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Julie Slick

Julie Slick is a virtuoso bassist and composer known for her wide array of unique tones and substantial melodic invention. Throughout her career, she has developed a distinctive voice through international performances and recordings with acclaimed first class musicians in both the progressive rock and jazz communities. She currently tours and makes albums with the Adrian Belew Power Trio and her own bass duo-fronted band, EchoTest. She has also collaborated/appeared on stage with: the Crimson ProjeKct (featuring Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto), Les Claypool, Danny Carey, Victor Wooten, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Robert Fripp, Stewart Copeland, Alice Cooper, Ann Wilson, Jon Anderson, Mike Keneally, Marco Minnemann, Petra Haden, Kris Myers, and more.

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Ian Martin Allison

Ian Allison is an accomplished and versatile electric and upright bass player, working in Minneapolis, MN. Most recently he has spent the last four years touring nationally as part of Eric Hutchinson and The Believers, sharing stages with acts like Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix, Rachel Platten, Matt Nathanson and Phillip Phillips, and playing venues such as Radio City Music Hall, The Staples Center and The Xcel Center in St. Paul, MN. Ian has performed on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Today Show" on NBC. He is also a songwriter and producer and his music has appeared on ABC, NBC, ESPN and MTV.

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Neil Jason

Neil Jason is a professional bassist, producer and composer. He has worked with Paul McCartney, Pavorotti, Billy Joel, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, Hall & Oats, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Paul Simon, Kiss, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Brecker Brothers, Celine Dion, Brigitte Zarie ,Cindy Lauper, Dire Straits, Eddie Van Halen, and, John &Yoko to name a few. In addition, he was a member of the house band for Saturday Night Live from 1983 to 1985, and has over 100 appearances with Paul Shaffer and the Band on David Letterman.

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Jonathan Herrera 

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Music Academy and the former Senior Editor of Bass Player Magazine. His playing credits include: Cathedrals, MoeTar, Zigaboo Modeliste, Stanley Jordan, Brain, Oz Noy, Garaj Mahal, Miguel Migs, Cyrus Chestnut, Cathy Richardson, Michael Lee Firkins, Jon Fishman, Kai Eckhardt, Matthew Charles Heulitt, Dynamic, Rick Musallum, Levy's Love Lounge, and many more. In addition to Jonathan's extensive performing experience, he's a sought-after clinician and teacher. He's a former Artist-In-Residence at LAMA, is a current faculty member of the Los Angeles College of Music, and has taught clinics and lectured at Stanford University, Musician's Institute, Crossroads, Bass Player LIVE!, and the Jazz School.


John Avila

John Avila is an American bassist and music producer, best known for being in the new wave band Oingo Boingo from 1984 to 1995. In 1984, he joined Oingo Boingo, replacing bassist Kerry Hatch. He played with Boingo until 1995. Avila has worked with many other musical acts including Psychotic Aztecs and Neville Staple in his backing band "The Hitmen". Avila owns and operates the recording studio, Brando's Paradise. He is currently the bass player in the Los Angeles-based multi-media group the Mutaytor and is a staff member of the Los Angeles College of Music. 


Jerry Watts Jr.

Jerry Watts Jr. is a multi-Grammy® winning bassist, producer, and educator who has served as Bass Department Chair at LACM since 2005. Watts has worked with a truly eclectic mix of artists at the highest levels of pop, rock, jazz, groove, and world-beat music, having appeared on hundreds of records, and numerous film/TV soundtracks. The bassist first made his mark alongside drumming legend David Garibaldi as a member of the group Wishful Thinking, which led to recordings with Andy Summers, Dave Stewart, Keith Emerson, and Simon Philips; tours with Mylene Farmer, Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi, and Tommy Walker; and live hits with Billy Childs, Andrae Crouch, Dr. John, and Steve Vai - to name just a few. Jerry remains committed to collaborating with original, creative artists of every stripe, most recently as a member of the John Daversa, Dan Rosenboom, and Zane Carney groups.

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