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414: Scott Lang wants one million new music students... each year!

It was great to chat with Scott Lang for the podcast! Scott is a music education leadership specialist and public speaker with an inspiring mission: enroll one million new music students in our schools each year. Scott has made the lives of music educators worldwide significantly easier with his Be Part of the Music initiative. We talk about this, his wonderful book Seriously?!, how to get students and parents involved in leadership roles, and much more! More About Scott: For over a...

Duration: 00:50:48

413: Marlene Rosenberg on jazz education and the changing gig scene

It was great to chat with Marlene Rosenberg for the podcast! Marlene is a Chicago-based jazz bassist and educator and is one of the most active players in the local scene. More About Marlene: Marlene Rosenberg has emerged as one of the most talented and multi-faceted bass players on the scene today. She has played professionally throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Japan, performing with innumerable jazz luminaries, such as Kenny Barron, Frank Foster, Stan Getz, Albert...

Duration: 00:28:45

[BONUS] The State of the Orchestra

This is a look back an an interesting conversation from 2009 that podcast co-host John Grillo and I had about my book Road Warrior Without an Expense Account. Today we take a look back at: Check out the original episode here.

Duration: 01:00:16

412: Orchestra Confidential with John Grillo

We chat with frequent podcast co-host John Grillo about a new project called Orchestra Confidential. This is a project that had been many years in the making, and if you'd like to be involved, contact John at Links to Check Out: The State of the OrchestraThe Orchestral Dream is Deadpast episodes featuring JohnJohn Grillo Recital Showcaseemail John

Duration: 00:51:53

411: Elsen Price on world music

It was a treat to sit down and chat with world music bassist Elsen Price for the podcast! Elsen is based in Sydney, Australia and is incredibly active as a solo and collaborative artist. More About Elsen: (excerpt from Elsen Price: Totally addicted to Bass by Samuel Cottell) Double bass player Elsen Price is making his mark on the music scene in a range of settings. He recently performed his original composition ‘red planet’ as part of Sydney’s Vivid Music at the Seymour Centre, where he...

Duration: 00:19:55

410: Charles Chandler on auditions, excerpts, and chamber music

It has been such a pleasure getting to know Charles Chandler since moving to San Francisco! In addition to playing in the San Francisco Symphony, Charles teaches at the San Francisco Academy Orchestra and is an active soloist and chamber musician. He is actively involved with the Golden Gate Bass Camp and other Bay Area double bass events and is a champion of new and previously undiscovered works for the double bass. More About Charles: Bassist Charles Chandler has been a member of the...

Duration: 01:05:14

409: Caitlyn Kamminga on life in Trinidad and Tobago

It is such a pleasure to bring you this conversation with Caitlyn Kamminga! Caitlyn has had a fascinating journey through the music world, and we dig deep into her journey across the globe from New Orleans, Hong Kong, and London to her current home of Trinidad and Tobago. More About Caitlyn: Caitlyn Kamminga graduated cum laude, with both a BM and MM from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she studied with premiere double bass pedagogue, Paul Ellison. She accepted...

Duration: 00:25:25

408: Milt Hinton memories with Kurt Morrow

In this special episode, we chat with Kurt Morrow about the time he spent with Milt Hinton. Milt's wife Mona asked Kurt if he would live in faculty housing with Milt. Kurt shares some of these life-changing experiences with us today. More about Milt Hinton Milt “The Judge” Hinton was regarded as the Dean of jazz bass players. He was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1910, and at the age of eleven moved to Chicago with his family. He began his musical education by taking private violin...

Duration: 00:42:16

407: Patricia Weitzel on competition, being direct, and opportunity

I had a wonderful time chatting with Patricia Weitzel for the podcast! Patricia is a dynamic and engaging performer and teacher, and we had a great conversation covering: ...and much more! More About Patricia: Patricia Weitzel holds a bachelor degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, where she studied with Dr. Fausto Borem, a Master of Music Performance Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, where her primary teacher was Dr. Marcos Machado, and a Doctor of...

Duration: 00:40:24

406: Chris Fitzgerald on anti-dogma, YouTube, and publish or perish

I’ve been captivated by the massive and multifaceted YouTube videos that jazz bassist and educator Chris Fitzgerald has been putting out these past few years. Today we dig into the hows and whys of Chris’ considerable undertaking. More About Chris: Chris Fitzgerald has been a member of the Louisville jazz community as both a teacher and a performer since 1985. During that time, he has performed or toured with Jamey Aebersold, Lynne Arriale, Darius Brubeck, Sonny Fortune, Antonio Hart,...

Duration: 00:24:49

405: Four Bassists That Will Change The World

We're featuring thoughts and playing from the four 2017 Bradetich Competition finalists on today's episode: Szymon MarciniakDominik WagnerMarek RomanowskiMikyung Soung Check out all four of these players in their semi-final and final rounds on YouTube.

Duration: 01:06:56

404: The Bassinova Quartet

The Bassinova Quartet is a revolutionary new force in the double bass world. They have turned heads worldwide with their stunning performances of traditional string quartet literature, and they are commissioning new works and breaking new ground. Jason sits down with quartet members Daniel Nix, Aaron Olguin, Lauren Pierce, and Harry Dearman for a spirited conversation on the origins of the group and where it's going. Links to Check Out: Bassinova Quartet WebsiteRequirements from their...

Duration: 00:44:57

403: Kate Jones on Suzuki bass teaching

I had a great time talking with Kate Jones for the podcast! Kate is a Suzuki bass specialist working in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School District in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She is doing remarkable things for young bass students! Links to Check Out: Kate's websiteJason attempting to play a 1/32 size bass More About Kate: Double bassist Kate Jones studied with Jeff Bradetich at the University of North Texas, where she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in the summer of 2014....

Duration: 00:57:50

402: Jack Unzicker on practicing and musicality

Spending time with Jack Unzicker was a major highlight of my trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Jack is an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Arlington and is one of the most professionally active bassists in the region. We dig into all kinds of topics, like: Links to Check Out: Jack's WebsiteJack's UT-Arlington Faculty PageJack and Jason chatting for Viva el Bajo Live in 2017 More About Jack: Jack Unzicker is the Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of...

Duration: 01:15:57

401: Brian Perry on auditioning and motivation

I had a great time chatting with Dallas Symphony bassist and Southern Methodist University faculty member Brian Perry! Brian is also on the Board of Directors for the Bradetich Foundation and the International Society of Bassists, and he is the editor for the Bass World column "In The Zone." This episode is organized into three parts: Part 1Part 2Part 3 More About Brian: Brian Perry is the newest member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra double bass section. Prior to his appointment in...

Duration: 01:08:09

400: Zach Rowden on forging your own path and doing what you want

Former podcast guest Donovan Stokes recommended that I contact Zach Rowden and dig into what his musical journey looks like. I did just that, and the result was a fascinating conversation about careers, traditional music school mindsets, and how wide the possibilities really when you decide to do your own thing. Zach is a former student of both Donovan Stokes and Robert Black, and we discuss the impact that both these teachers had on the Zach's musical evolution. Links to Check...

Duration: 00:39:41

399: Miles Brown on Alarm Will Sound, extended techniques, and versatility

It was great to chat with Miles Brown about what it's like playing with Alarm Will Sound, learning massively complicated music for this group, and how to be versatile in today's music world! Miles ran the after hours sessions for ISB 2017, and he just took a new position at the University of Delaware after overseeing the jazz department at Oakland University in Michigan. More about Miles ​Bassist, composer, performer and teacher Miles Brown comes from a musical family, and began playing...

Duration: 00:33:09

398: Max Dimoff and Ranaan Meyer on team teaching at the University of Michigan

Cleveland Orchestra principal bassist Max Dimoff and Time for Three bassist Ranaan Meyer are the new teaching team at the University of Michigan! Both Max and Ranaan have been featured on past podcast episodes as well as in my 2016 book Winning the Audition. Learn more about the program: University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & DanceUniversity of Michigan profile page on doublebassblog.orgEmail MaxEmail Ranaan Past Max and Ranaan Appearances on Contrabass...

Duration: 00:12:57

397: John Goldsby on writing books, life overseas, and innovation

Where do you even start when you're talking with John Goldsby? I mean, this is the person who literally wrote the book on jazz bass playing with his groundbreaking work The Jazz Bass Book. I've been reading articles by John in Bass Player Magazine ever since I picked up the instrument, and it was such a pleasure to chat with him for the show! More About John Since 1994, John Goldsby has been a member of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Big Band (also known as the WDR Big Band or the Cologne...

Duration: 00:42:52

396: Orin O'Brien on Leonard Bernstein, Fred Zimmerman, and life in the New York Philharmonic

It is an honor and a pleasure to welcome Orin O'Brien to the show! I've been hoping to have Orin as a guest for years, and I want to give a big shout-out to Chris Mathers for connecting the two of us! We chat about numerous shared acquaintances, including Greg Sarchet, Miloslov Gajdos, David Grossman, Ira Gold, Ed Barker, Hal Robinson, Max Dimoff, Michael Hovnanian, Douglas Mapp, and Ron Wasserman. More About Orin New York Philharmonic bassist Orin O’Brien was born in Hollywood to...

Duration: 01:54:04

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