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Juan Alderete

Juan Alderete

Seasoned bass vet talks about Paul Gilbert, Mars Volta and his popular Pedals & Effects website. Toys, toys toys!

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Ben Allison

Ben Allison

Its hard to believe how much this young bassist has accomplished: prolific output, strong leadership, Carnegie Hall and more!

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Michael Anthony

Unfiltered video accounts of the Van Halen story, being replaced by Wolfgang, hot sauce and lots more!

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Rich Appleman

Rich Appleman

The man who taught Jeff Berlin, Stu Hamm, Victor Bailey, Bryan Beller and countless others recounts 40 years as head of Berklee's incredible bass dept!

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Ralphe Armstrong, bass

Ralphe Armstrong

This jazz legend recounts the gigs with John McLaughlin, Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana
and so much more in this FBPO exclusive interview!

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Peter Askim

Peter Askim

This energetic young composer, conductor, performer and educator leads the bass
effort at California's Idyllwild Arts Academy
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Bob Babbitt, bass

Bob Babbitt

Original Funk Brother recounts the great sessions at Motown, Philly and Nashville,
as well as one or two things that may surprise you!

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Steve Bailey

Steve Bailey

Everybody's favorite bass player talks about the styles, the sessions, his bass collection and, of
course, surfing!

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Steve Bailey

Steve Bailey

In this follow-up video interview, Steve talks candidly about his new role as bass chair at Berklee, sharing his thoughts on music education and much more.
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Victor Bailey, bass

Victor Bailey

Jazz/funk superstar shares his musical upbringing, establishing himself in the big city
and (gasp!) stepping into Jaco's shoes!
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Lane Baldwin

Lane Baldwin

Hard-core blues fiend recounts his invaluable education from Johnny B. Gayden and Albert Collins, plus the "Low Notes for Nashville" story and much more!
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Barry Bales

Barry Bales

Long-time Alison Krauss & Union Station bassist tells FBPO all about his bluegrass roots, instructional DVD, the Nashville scene and more!
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Marvin "Sweetbass" Banks

Marvin “Sweetbass” Banks

One of the funkiest bass players ever to hit LA, “Sweetbass” talks about touring with Patrice Rushen, breaking into the LA music scene, the Solid Gold gig and more!
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Bryan Beller, bass

Bryan Beller (#1)

Bass superstar talks about the Zappa and Vai gigs, Berklee, solo CDs and more!
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Bryan Beller

Bryan Beller (#2)

Hard-working bassist brings us up to date on the Aristocrats, plus some great thoughts on tone, equipment and more!
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Adam Ben Ezra

Adam Ben Ezra

Exclusive video interview with the Israeli bass sensation who's built an enormous (and growing!) following all over the world!
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Chuck Bergeron

Chuck Bergeron

Passionate educator tells of his New Orleans heritage, gigs with Buddy Rich and Woody Herman and teaching music at the University of Miami
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Jeff Berlin, bass

Jeff Berlin

Bass icon recounts the journey from his days as a classical violinist to becoming one
of the most highly regarded electric bass players in the world!

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Jeff Berlin

Jeff Berlin (video)

In this video interview, ol' Jeff sits down with FBPO, over sushi, to discuss music education, BX3 and the current tour with Scott Henderson & Mike Clark.
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Quintin Berry

Quintin Berry

Unorthodox "upside down" Ugli Stick bassist tells the story behind his most unusual technique in this very entertaining video interview!
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Gary Birkhamshaw

Gary Birkhamshaw

President and founder of Upton Bass String Instrument Company (and the man who sponsors the FBPO Bass Club monthly pickup giveaway) talks about bass building and more. Good interview!
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Matt Bissonette

Matt Bissonette

Seasoned bass vet recounts career highlights, from the David Lee Roth days to the current gig with Elton John (and a whole lot in between!)
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Alex Blake

Alex Blake

In Part II of our Blake Brothers tribute, Alex covers the gigs with Sun Ra, Dizzy Gillespie, Manhattan transfer and lots more!
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Russel Blake

Russel Blake

First-hand accounts of the gigs with Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Paquito D'Rivera and Chaka Khan, plus so much more! 1st of a 2-part series with the Blake Brothers!
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Blasko (Rob Nicholson)

Blasko

Ozzy Osbourne bassist tells FBPO the whole story of how he went from used clothes salesman to top of the heavy metal world. Hear the whole conversation!
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Tim Bogert, bass

Tim Bogert

This true rock legend tells about his days with Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, BIT and more!
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Trevor Bolder

Trevor Bolder

British bass vet tells FBPO all about playing with David Bowies Spiders from Mars, Mick Ronson, Wishbone Ash and current gig with Uriah Heep.
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Jeff Bradetich

Jeff Bradetich (#1)

Classical virtuoso talks about life as a solo bassist, studying with Gary Karr, thoughts on jazz and electric bass, the Bradetich Foundation and more.
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Jeff Bradetich

Jeff Bradetich (#2)

Internationally acclaimed double bass virtuoso brings us up to date with the latest on his stellar career!
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Kevin "Brandino" Brandon

Kevin "Brandino" Brandon

Conversation with multi-GRAMMY winner whose gigs have spanned from the Tommy Dorsey Band to Will.i.am (with practically everyone else along the way)
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Kern Brantley

Kern Brantley

After Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, Aaliyah, Salt-N-Pepa, Boyz II Men and countless others, Detroit-bred groover is currently touring with Lady Gaga. Here is his story.
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Brian Bromberg, bass

Brian Bromberg

Jazz bass superhero covers the early days with Stan Getz to designing basses for Peavey
to his prolific CD output and more.

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Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Ten questions with NYC native, who's worked with Stanley Turrentine, Roy Ayers, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn and many others.
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Bunny Brunel, bass

Bunny Brunel

Superstar bass player talks about his musical upbringing in France, solo albums,
desigining basses and more.

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Sekou Bunch

Sekou Bunch

Groovemaster recounts his experiences in NYC and LA, being musical director for the Isley Brothers, his appearance on Survivor and lots more!
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Geezer Butler

Geezer Butler

Iconic rock legend tells FBPOs Jon Liebman the whole Black Sabbath story, plus memories of Ronnie James Dio, the passion for animals and lots more!
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Al Caldwell, bass

Al Caldwell

"Travelin' Black Hillbilly" talks about the Vanessa Williams gig, his 11-string MIDI bass
and more

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Ariane Cap

Ariane Cap

Video interview includes Ariane's stories about growing up in Austria, promoting music education for girls and women and more.
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Yves Carbonne

Yves Carbonne

French bass, contrabass and sub-bass guitarist tells FBPO about his original designs of some of the most unusual instruments you could ever imagine!
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Alain Caron

Alain Caron (#1)

Best known for his work with the ’80s super fusion group UZEB, Alain has also toured with Mike Stern, Frank Gambale, Biréli Lagrène, Billy Cobham and many others. Fascinating story!
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Alain Caron

Alain Caron (#2)

Always in-demand bassist tells FBPO about new recordings, tours, equipment and more in this new video interview from NAMM!
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Oskar Cartaya

Oskar Cartaya

Puerto Rican funkmeister talks to FBPO about breaking into the LA music scene, the Spyro Gyra gig, current recording projects and more.
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Ron Carter, bass

Ron Carter

The granddaddy of the jazz bass world talks about his Detroit roots, gigging with
Miles, film scoring and more
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Jack Casady

Jack Casady

Listen to our complete conversation as this bass legend talks about his musical upbringing, joining Jefferson Airplane, forming Hot Tuna and more!
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Emmett Chaman, Stick bass

Emmett Chapman

Brilliant inventor of the Chapman “Stick” tells FBPO the whole story of the instrument’s origin, players and what’s next (lots of photos, too!)
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Phil Chen

Phil Chen

Bass legend talks about working with Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart and lots more in this special video interview!
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Mark Clarke

Mark Clarke

Liverpool native tells FBPO about his days with the legendary Colosseum, Uriah Heep, Davy Jones, new
solo release and much more!

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John Clayton, bass

John Clayton (#1)

Performer, educator and bandleader talks about studying with Ray Brown, working for Henry Mancini, performing with the Amsterdam Philharmonic and more!
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John Clayton

John Clayton (#2)

Jazz icon brings us up to date on current and future projects, the Paul McCartney sessions and more in this follow-up video interview!
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Bill Clements

Bill Clements

Despite losing his right hand in an industrial accident, Bill found a way to resume his bass-playing career. Remarkable interview - and video!
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Steve Cole

Steve Cole

Bassist for the popular Missouri band, Smooth Down Under, highlights FBPO's salute to those hard-working Indie bands!
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Scott Colley, bass

Scott Colley

Jazz icon discusses his musical upbringing, studying with Monty Budwig and Charlie
Haden, tours, solo projects and more in this exclusive interview!

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Stu Cook

Scu Cook

Original Creedence bass player still going strong and sounding better than ever. Read our conversation with this true rock & roll legend!
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Todd Coolman

Todd Coolman

Highly revered bassist has spanned the globe, playing with practically every major jazz artist you can think of (with plenty of symphony work along the way, too). He tells his story to FBPO.
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