Extraordinary Night of Bassists

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Steve Lawson is the UK`s top solo bassist: `Steve`s complex array of sound and rare, intimate touch are rapidy turning him into one of the most influential bassists in the world’ — Bass Guitar Magazine `Steve Lawson is a brilliant musician. I`ve known about him and listened to him for many years. He may not be one of the most famous bassists but he is definitely one of the most talented’. — Victor Wooten Steve Lawson - bass 2.0 Steve Lawson: the UK s leading solo bass guitarist, solobasssteve out of twitter, respected educator and music journalist. Listen, read the blog, find out about gig... View on www.stevelawson.net Preview by Yahoo He’s done a lot of gigs from opening solo for Level 42 on their Greatest Hits tour in 2002, to house concert tours across the US with singer/songwriter Lobelia, once doing 8000 miles in a rental car in 2 months. Recently he’s been collaborating with some amazing people – gigs with Divinity Roxx, Beardyman, Reeves Gabrels, Jason Cooper (The Cure), Andy Gangadeen, Jon Thorne (Lamb), Rob Turner (GoGo Penguin), Jem Godfrey (Frost*)…and recording/songwriting with Tanya Donelly, Briana Corrigan, Mark Kelly (Marillion), Roy Dodds (Fairground Attraction) and more and has gigged all across the UK, US, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal… Festivals: London Jazz Festival Greenbelt Latitude Edinburgh Fringe Manchester Jazz Festival London Bass Guitar Show 13 solo albums in the last 13 years, and somewhere in the region of 17 other collaborations. Lots of them have had rave reviews in magazines, radio play and been used in short films. All of them can be bought on a single USB stick, if that’s of interest,.or you can subscribe via Bandcamp and get all the solo stuff and a load of exclusives. He’s also played on quite a few recordings by other people. From gospel singers to rappers, electronica artists to indie rock bands. Articles written & press includes – The Times, The Guardian, The Independent (He also wrote an obituary of John Entwistle for the Independent On Sunday, as well as in Bass Player, (the cover of) Bass Guitar Magazine, Jazzwise, Guitar Player, Bassist, Guitarist, Total Guitar, Strumenti Musicali. Steve`s music has been played on BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music and numerous regional BBC stations around the UK, as well as college and internet radio across the US and Europe… ********************* John Lester: http://www.johnlestermusic.com John Lester: Singer-Songwriter-Bassist-Guitarist John is an award winning songwriter who has, throughout his career, had one foot in the rock/acoustic music scene and the other in jazz. As a songwriter, John was awarded the “Song of the Year Award” from the West Coast Songwriter’s Association on two occasions (for The Ways of a Woman and Both a Blessing and a Curse). The title track from his 2007 release, So Many Reasons, was also the winner of the WCS International Songwriting Award for “Best Jazz Song” and he also won their “Best Humorous Song Award” for his tongue-in-cheek ditty, Beware La Merde, about a bit of advice to tourists in Paris. ********************* Opening the show will be local bassist and teacher of the bass, Steve Uccello, http://steveuccello.com/ Photo of Steve Uccello by George Wiltshire Steve Uccello is an upright/electric bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He has playing experience in many genres including jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, R & B, mariachi, and classical. In addition to being a musician for hire, Steve also produces his own compositions. As a bassist Steve has performed/toured and/or recorded with: Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter virtuoso Dayan Kai. Together in a long musical partnership Dayan and Steve have toured the U.S. and Canada. Kerrville and Telluride award-winning songwriter Keith Greeninger. Seattle-based Steel Pan/Masquerade ensemble Bakra Bata. Nationally acclaimed children’s artist Nancy Cassidy. Mandolin virtuosos Don Stiernberg and Rich Del Grosso. Gospel artist Nehemiah Brown And His Voices Of Joy Ensemble in a tour of Italy. Songwriter/activist David Grimes and jazz composer/multi-instrumentalist Kirk Danielson. Steve Uccello has appeared as a bassist at many festivals including The Oregon Country Fair, The High Sierra Festival, The Kerville Folk Festival, The Sandpoint Festival, The Millpond Festival, The Island Lake Festival, in British Columbia, The Bumbershoot Festival, and The Folk Life Festival in Seattle. He was also invited to sit in with the Joe Craven Trio at the American River Festival in Coloma, California. Another project is “Ash On Dust”, a collaboration with award winning bassist/sound designer/film-tv-game composer Jeff Schmidt. There’s also “sung”, a trans-atlantic collaborative duo with Australian percussionist/composer Nat Grant (she’s currently completing a PhD in music composition at the Victorian College of the Arts-University of Melbourne). Steve is a member of “Kontra”, a bass ensemble led by Stan Poplin including Dan Robbins, Bill Bosch, and Patrice Wallace. As a bassist Steve plays gigs around the Monterey & San Fransisco Bay areas. He has played gigs with The Roger Eddy Band, legendary guitarist, Bruce Forman’s group: Cowbop, as well as, Along Came Betty. Steve can also be regularly found playing musical theatre engagements at The Western Stage and The Pacific Repertory Theatre. He is also the steady bassist at Santa Cruz’s First Congregational Church in the Jazz/Gospel service. Steve is a private instructor for upright bass & electric bass. He’s taught through Hollister Music, Robert Louis Stevenson High School in Pacific Grove. He has taught a bass master class for the Pacific Grove High school orchestra. Steve is currently the Music Department Director at Palma, in Salinas, California. Contact - for more information email stevebassbird@yahoo.com