Bass Magazine is a new monthly digital publication with daily web and social media posts dedicated to being the leading light on the past, present and future of bass. From in-depth artist interviews and revealing gear reviews to thought-provoking columns and insightful lessons, Bass Magazine is your daily destination for everything low end. Bass Magazine is brought to you by the team that created and ran Bass Player magazine for its first 30 years. Headed by Editor in Chief Jon D’Auria, Senior Editor Chris Jisi, and Editor at Large Elton Bradman, the team includes Jonathan Herrera, Jim Roberts, Ed Friedland, Rod C. Taylor, Freddy Villano, John Goldsby, Stevie Glasgow, Karl Coryat, Bill Leigh, and Patrick Pfeiffer, with contributions from the top bassists in all genres and the most widely respected gear manufacturers.
Launching at NAMM 2019 with with extensive coverage of the show, Bass Magazine’s premiere issue will hit screens in March, featuring an exclusive interview with Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood and a lineup of features, gear reviews, transcriptions, columns, lessons, and record reviews to keep you up-to-the-minute informed on everything happening in the bass world. In addition, Bass Magazine will be organizing the first of our regular live bass events in the fall of 2019. Join us in shaping the future of bass!
Bass Magazine Staff:
Jon D'Auria, Editor-in-Chief
Jon D’Auria has been a writer, editor, and photographer in bass journalism since 2006. After picking up the bass in 2000, he quickly became obsessed and submersed himself in the playing of his heroes and the history of the instrument. Upon landing his first writing gig, thanks to a leap of faith by Ed Friedland and Elton Bradman, he became a contributing writer and the Online Editor for Guitar World’s Bass Guitar magazine, and went on to write, edit, and photograph for Bass Guitar Magazine, Premier Guitar, iBass, Guitar World, Paste, Blender, Carved, The Grixer, and many others. He has now written for over 15 publications and has conducted over 250 musician interviews and counting. For the past seven years he’s been a contributing writer and the Web and Gear Editor for Bass Player. Upon the buyout of BP, he became one of the founders of Bass Magazine. When he’s not gabbing about bassists and gear, he keeps busy by gigging and traveling all over the map.
Chris Jisi, Senior Editor
Chris Jisi is a New York City-born and based professional bassist and music journalist. Raised in a musical family, Chris tried violin and guitar before settling on acoustic bass in school and bass guitar at home, while in the 7th grade. Graduating York College in Jamaica, Queens with a degree in Jazz Performance and Studies, Chris gained experience in local dance bands. His recording credits range from Shaggy’s 2000 platinum album Hot Shot to the soundtrack of the 2009 hit movie Bride Wars. On the music journalism side, he had his first piece (an interview with bassist Lincoln Goines) published in Guitar Player magazine in 1982. He continued to write about bass players for Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, Drums & Drumming and other music publications until landing a staff writer position with Bass Player magazine upon its inception in 1990. He spent the next 28 years interviewing a who’s who of bassists in all styles (over 350 in all), eventually serving as BP’s Editor in Chief from 2014 to 2018. Along the way, he released two collections of his interviews, Brave New Bass, in 2003, and The Fretless Bass In In 2008. He also served as Artistic Director of Bass Player’s annual live event, Bass Player LIVE!, from 1998 to 2017. In addition, he created and hosted a dozen episodes of the interview show Inside Tracks on Brian Bromberg’s former internet radio station, Bass on the Broadband, and he is the artist consultant/assistant producer of the instructional app, Bass Guru.
Elton Bradman, Editor-at-Large
Everett Elton Bradman, a percussionist since the age of seven, has enjoyed thousands of bass, drum, and percussion gigs, playing everything from funktastic ’70s/’80s classics, ’90s hip-hop, New Orleans second-line, live circus music, gospel-ish R&B, and dirty white blues to airtight Afrobeat, old school and contemporary jazz, sensitive singer-songwriter stuff, hot salsa/cumbia, and Polish Hare Krishna reggae (his bass contributions helped Madi Das’s Bhakti Without Bordersget nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age category in 2014). As a wordsmith, Elton—who has a BS in magazine journalism and an MFA in music/sound design for visual media—is proud of his contributions to a long list of publications (including Rolling Stone, Vibe, Premier Guitar, Electronic Musician, Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, and Drum!) and his role as editor for books by 21st-century bass icons Janek Gwizdala and Damian Erskine. Currently based in the Bay Area, Elton stays busy doing music and sound design for theater and film. He is a former editor-in-chief of Guitar World’s Bass Guitarmagazine and senior editor of Bass Player. Say hello at eltonsounds.com!
Karl Coryat, Copy Editor
Karl Coryat began editing bass magazines, interviewing artists, and writing columns around the time Donald Trump broke out as a promising author. Karl’s book Guerrilla Home Recording [Hal Leonard] is a popular guide to home recording. His YouTube channel with covers and musical recreations is EddieCurrentCovers. Karl's YouTube
Ed Friedland, Contributing Editor
Ed Friedland is currently touring the world with Grammy-winning artists, The Mavericks. He has authored 20 instructional titles for Hal Leonard, produced 100+ videos on YouTube as The Bass Whisperer, created an online 8-week Walking Bass Boot Camp for Scottsbasslessons.com, a beginning bass program called Bass ASAP for the app, Bass Guru, and written hundreds of articles for the magazine formerly known as Bass Player.
Jim Roberts, Contributing Editor
Inspired by Jack Bruce, Jim Roberts began to play bass in 1970. In 1989 he was named the first full-time editor of Bass Player, and he later served as the magazine's publisher and group publisher. He has written hundreds of articles and reviews about bass players and bass gear and is the author of How the Fender Bass Changed the World and American Basses: An Illustrated History and Player's Guide, both published by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard.
Jonathan Herrera, Contributing Editor
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 Goldsby, Columnist
Since 1994, John Goldsby has held the position of solo bassist with the Grammy Award-winning Westdeutscher Rundfunk Big Band (Cologne Radio Big Band). From 1980 to 1994, Goldsby was a fixture on the New York jazz scene. Goldsby’s recent recordings as bandleader include The Innkeeper’s Gun Space for the Bass,Live at the Nachbarand The Visit. With the WDR Big Band, Goldsby performs and records with stars like Joe Lovano, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, Jacob Collier, Knower, Antonio Sanchez, Chucho Valdes and others. Goldsby has authored The Jazz Bass Book, Jazz Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist, and Bass Notes. His new video lesson series is available at Discover Double Bass, and he contributes regularly to Bass Magazine. www.johngoldsby.com
Freddy Villano, Contributor
Freddy Villano originally hails from Long Island, NY and cut his teeth on the road with bands like Widowmaker (featuring Dee Snider) and Quiet Riot. He’s toured and recorded with a host of indie artists and recently wrapped up a two-album session with David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick. He graduated from Musicians Institute's Bass Institute of Technology in 1991, earned a BA in English Literature from the City College of New York/CUNY in 2004 and earned his MFA in Ensemble-based Physical Theater from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake, CA in 2007. He currently lives in Ithaca, NY where he continues to write perform and teach.
Rod C. Taylor, Contributor
Rod C. Taylor, Ph.D., is an award-winning educator, author, and musician who has been active in teaching, training, and music for over twenty years. He’s taught at Stanford, Indiana University, and the Honors College at Tennessee State University, and currently serves as the CEO and President of Performance Learning Concepts and as an Artist-in-Residence in the School of Music at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Over the years, he’s written for a number of music magazines, including Bass Player Magazine for the last ten years. He’s published a textbook, Etunes, which explores the effects of digital technology on the music industry and continues to write for magazines and journals on news ways to approach music education. He also leads music workshops around the world, often with other artists, on a variety of topics: from songwriting to creativity to ensemble training. As a performer, Rod has been fortunate enough to play and/or record with Krista Detor, Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, Jenee Fleenor, Leigh Nash, and a variety of other great musicians. Rod is proud to call Nashville, TN his home, and he’s thrilled to be part of the amazing group of players and writers that make up Bass Magazine.
Patrick Pfeiffer, Columnist
Patrick is a professional bassist, bass educator, clinician, composer and author, having published several classic bass books, among them Bass Guitar for Dummies, Bass Guitar Exercises For Dummies, Improve Your Groove: The Ultimate Guide For Bass and Daily Grooves for Bass. Besides performing and recording, Pfeiffer teaches bass guitar worldwide and often conducts clinics alongside such bass luminaries as Will Lee, John Patitucci, Gerald Veasley, Michael Manring and many more. Pfeiffer’s most recent CD Soul of the City was sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts. He holds a Master’s in Jazz from the New England Conservatory
Patrick Wong, Contributor
Patrick served as Art Director for Bass Player as well as on many other NewBay Media publications including Guitar Player, Electronic Musician, and Keyboard. He eventually became the Fretted Group Managing Editor for Bass Player and Guitar Player. Working with the editors of Bass Player is where he first learned to play bass, you couldn't ask for better teachers only desks away. Once the strings touched his hands he never looked back. He is co-founder and bassist of The Trouble With Monkeys, an unrepentant gizmo tinkerer, and a lover of Epiphone Jack Casady Signature basses (the only instruments he chooses NOT to modify).
Vicky Warwick, Contributor
Vicky Warwick is a British musician and writer based in Los Angeles who has been working in the music industry for the last decade. She's been lucky enough to play, study and teach music all over the world. She has worked with a wide variety of clients including Guy Chambers, Charli XCX, Frances, The Thompson Twins and British pop-production house Xenomania, appearing on prestigious stages and television shows including Saturday Night Live, Top of the Pops, The Today Show and The Late Show with David Letterman. She also has appeared on television with Cee Lo Green, Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper, Craig David and during the UK X-Factor series live shows. She loves to write about playing bass and touring and has a blog and podcast 'Where Are We Again?' (www.whereareweagain.com) which breaks down the wall of 'what goes on tour, stays on tour' with interviews and insights to the raucous happenings that often occur the road.