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NOTES FROM AN ARTIST with David C. Gross and Tom Semioli What happens when two road warrior musicians walk into a studio with a renowned peer? Or a legend, or two, or three? Tune in as bassist, author, and educator David C. Gross (http://www.thebassguitarchannel.com/) and bassist, journalist Tom Semioli (http://www.knowyourbassplayer.com/) host Notes From An Artist. Insightful, intriguing, and informative, Notes From An Artist brings you behind the scenes with individuals who forged a timele ...
 
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We conclude our fascinating discussion with Alyn Shipton with Pt 3 of our show. From London, the British author, journalist, historian, editor, presenter, and jazz bassist discusses his work as a writer, documenting the lives of such musical giants as Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy McHugh, Cab Calloway and Harry Nilsson, among others - and a ja…
 
We continue our fascinating discussion with Alyn Shipton with Pt 2 of our show. From London, the British author, journalist, historian, editor, presenter, and jazz bassist discusses his work as a writer, documenting the lives of such musical giants as Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy McHugh, Cab Calloway and Harry Nilsson, among others - and a ja…
 
From London, the British author, journalist, historian, editor, presenter, and jazz bassist discusses his work as a writer, documenting the lives of such musical giants as Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy McHugh, Cab Calloway and Harry Nilsson, among others - and a jazz performer; anchoring Alyn Shipton’s New Orleans Jazz Friends, and the Buck Cl…
 
Listen to a series of revealing John Lennon stories hitherto untold – until now. In this riveting interview, attorney - author Jay Bergen recalls his time representing the former Beatle in 1975 in his case against Mafia-connected record mogul Morris Levy. Levy bullied Lennon, releasing an unauthorized album entitled “Roots” – which forced John to h…
 
A Conversation with John Altman: "You cut the cloth to fit the suit!" You know his music (George Michael, Monty Python, James Bond, Simple Minds, Rod Stewart, Prefab Sprout, Tina Turner & Barry White, Diana Ross, Bjork….to cite a scant few) but likely, not his name. Dubbed “Hidden Man” by Python member Terry Gillam, John Altman is an Emmy award win…
 
Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli converse with author / journalist (Wall Street Journal) / blogger Marc Myers. His latest book is entitled “Rock Concert: An Oral History As Told by the Artists, Backstage Insiders, and Fans Who Were There!” Myers discusses the evolution of the rock concert as we know it, and points towards the future of live per…
 
A Conversation with Ioannis. He is an icon of rock album and poster art design, among other endeavors. A music loving youth from Greece who emigrated to the Unites States as a teen in the 1970s Ioannis has created record covers indelibly etched in the psyche rock fans for artists spanning Deep Purple, Allman Brothers, Uriah Heep, Styx, Blue Oyster …
 
He's a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as a guitarist / producer / composer with the Patti Smith Group. A recording artist, noted journalist (Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Creem, Melody Maker), record store clerk (Village Oldies) and archivist/curator for the iconic American garage rock music compilation "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychede…
 
“It takes three bass players to add up to one singer!” Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli converse with singer-songwriter Kate Taylor and her esteemed bassist Leland Sklar. Kate’s new album, aptly titled WHY WAIT! features many of the same players from her iconic 1971 bow SISTER KATE, including producer Peter Asher, drummer Russ Kunkel, guitarist…
 
His versatility as a bassist is incomparable, anchoring tours and/or albums by Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Buddy Rich, Peter Frampton, Gotye, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Paula Cole, Chuck Mangione, Steven Wilson, James Taylor, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe to cite a select few. An innovator on electr…
 
Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli converse with author / journalist (Wall Street Journal) / blogger Marc Myers. His latest book is entitled “Rock Concert: An Oral History As Told by the Artists, Backstage Insiders, and Fans Who Were There!” Myers discusses the evolution of the rock concert as we know it, and points towards the future of live per…
 
A Conversation with Lizzie Edwards: It was pretty impossible for Lizzie Edwards to avoid a career in music. Her grandfather was an opera singer, her grandmother was a classical harpsichordist, and her father was a sideman for various artists including Chuck Berry, and was in a band himself. Throw in a childhood soundtrack including everyone from Ly…
 
Composer, Educator, Champan Stick / Warr Guitarist, recording artist, producer, and entrepreneur, Trey Gunn is known to the masses for his tenure in King Crimson from 1994 through 2003. However there’s more to Trey than his work with Robert Fripp: Gunn has authored three score books, and helms a media company in Seattle: 7d among other endeavors. T…
 
"We are an artist driven label which refuses to be labeled!" The role of the indie record company imprint in popular music cannot be understated. From garage rock to modern jazz - independent labels have nurtured artists who continue to make a tremendous impact on the masses. Enter Tor Hansen and Glenn Dicker; founders of Yep Roc. Among the giants …
 
Art has to always be indefinable!” Artist, Author, Educator Gene Wisniewski discusses topics from his book “The Art of Looking at Art” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) with hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli. Gene, David, and Tom note the distinct similarities between musicians and fine artists. "Anything can be art, and then you manifest it!" T…
 
Composer, Educator, Champan Stick / Warr Guitarist, recording artist, producer, and entrepreneur, Trey Gunn is known to the masses for his tenure in King Crimson from 1994 through 2003. However there’s more to Trey than his work with Robert Fripp: Gunn has authored three score books, and helms a media company in Seattle: 7d among other endeavors. T…
 
“The plan was…I had no plan!” Photographer / author Bob Gruen’s images have forged an indelible mark on the artform of rock and roll. Spanning such artists as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Clash, Ike & Tina Turner, New York Dolls, Rolling Stones, Kiss, and Led Zeppelin to cite a select few, Gruen takes us behind -the- scenes on a rollercoaster ride o…
 
“The plan was…I had no plan!” Photographer / author Bob Gruen’s images have forged an indelible mark on the artform of rock and roll. Spanning such artists as John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Clash, Ike & Tina Turner, New York Dolls, Rolling Stones, Kiss, and Led Zeppelin to cite a select few, Gruen takes us behind -the- scenes on a rollercoaster ride o…
 
Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli ruminate o’er The Beatles GET BACK documentary. and discuss the upcoming NOTES FROM AN ARTIST TEEN CANCER ‘GET BACK NYC’ concert on 6 December at (tickets) www.TheCuttingRoomNYC.com wherein New York City’s most eclectic musical artists band together to render songs from The Beatles’ GET BACK Documentary to help …
 
Among the elite drummers on stage and in the recording studio, Chris Parker reflects on a career that spans jazz, rock, funk, folk, blues, and permutations thereof. Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli delve deep into Chris’ work with Stuff, and how that ensemble came to define the sound of 1970s New York City. And Chris continues to make history o…
 
Among the elite drummers on stage and in the recording studio, Chris Parker reflects on a career that spans jazz, rock, funk, folk, blues, and permutations thereof. Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli delve deep into Chris’ work with Stuff, and how that ensemble came to define the sound of 1970s New York City. And Chris continues to make history o…
 
She is the voice of the “orchestral” rock collective Renaissance which came to great prominence in the 1970s along with such progressive ensembles including Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, The Strawbs and Gentle Giant. A spirited conversationalist, Annie shares tales of her career as a fashion designer on Saville Row; studies with opera si…
 
What do Canned Heat, Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, Heart, Chris Hillman, Firefall, Dan Fogelberg, Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Kelly Willis, Alejandro Escovdeo, and Ian McLagan have in common? Bassist Mark Andes! From his Texas home, Mark affords NOTES FROM AN ARTIST a candid interview on his career including his thoughts on; Led Zeppelin’s “appropriation” of a…
 
Few classical bassists have forged a career comparable to Gary Karr. A virtuoso, recording artist, and educator – Karr founded the International Society of Bassists in 1967. His groundbreaking performances as a solo bassist have inspired generations of players spanning rock, jazz, classical and experimental, to cite a few. An artist who incorporate…
 
Few classical bassists have forged a career comparable to Gary Karr. A virtuoso, recording artist, and educator – Karr founded the International Society of Bassists in 1967. His groundbreaking performances as a solo bassist have inspired generations of players spanning rock, jazz, classical and experimental, to cite a few. An artist who incorporate…
 
Among the most iconic and recognizable voices in the history of popular music, Zombies lead singer and recording artist Colin Blunstone discusses the band’s sixty-year legacy along with their future plans. From his London home, Colin shares anecdotes from recording sessions past, the good fortune he’s enjoyed throughout his career, and enthuses ove…
 
Bassist, Author, Clinician, Podcast Host, Composer, Conductor, Blogger, Vlogger, Video Personality …those are just a scant few of Jason Heath’s titles. A master player, you’d be hard-pressed to encounter an individual who exudes more enthusiasm for the instrument and what Notes From An Artist refers to as “the big M” – i.e., music! Heath’s humor an…
 
Self-taught and greatly inspired by Charles Mingus and British and American rhythm and blues, Percy Jones plies his craft with a repertoire of glissandos, harmonics, and three-finger riffage, among other techniques, in his work as a jazz-fusion prog-rock master. A composer, arranger, sideman, collaborator, multi-instrumentalist, and solo recording …
 
“New York City Rocker Laureate” (Huffington Post) Edward Rogers discusses his latest release Catch A Cloud (2021/Zip Records) which features an all-star cast comprised of Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks, Cracker, Lisa Burns, The Runaways, Kim Fowley), Don Piper, Konrad Meissner (Tracy Bonham, Mary Lee’s Corvette), James Mastro (Ian Hunter, The Bongos…
 
“I've travelled around the world and when you say you're from Southern California everybody knows what you're supposed to sound like...and I think that's a good thing….” SoCal punk legend Greg Antista discusses his latest album “Under The Neon Heat” with his band The Lonely Streets, and reflects on this rich history of indie and alternative rock in…
 
Why are older music fans (and musicians) having a hard time grasping contemporary music? Among the many topics trumpeter / composer / recording artist / educator / producer / journalist Ben Neill discusses with hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli include the emerging role (and popularity) of timbre in modern pop compositions and recordings in comp…
 
Why are older music fans (and musicians) having a hard time grasping contemporary music? Among the many topics trumpeter / composer / recording artist / educator / producer / journalist Ben Neill discusses with hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli include the emerging role (and popularity) of timbre in modern pop compositions and recordings in comp…
 
"I was really aiming high right out of the gate…” Bassist, recording artist, composer, baseball devotee Greg Chaisson reflects on his career as a hard rock bassist with Badlands, Steeler, to cite a few, and his current band Atomic Kings (formerly Kings of Dust). Chaisson came to the instrument purely by chance. “I’d listen to Mel Schacher and I’d l…
 
Bass guitarist and bona fide Beatle-ologist John Montagna brings us a Tips From The Top episode which delves deep into Sir Paul McCartney’s groundbreaking passage to George Harrison’s “Something” from the final slab waxed, though not the last released, by the Fab Four in their lifetime – Abbey Road. With hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli, the th…
 
Vinyl aficionados rejoice! Authors Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks) and acclaimed veteran rock scribe and former major label executive Mitchell Cohen discuss their new book THE WHITE LABEL PROMO PRESERVATION SOCIETY: 100 FLOP ALBUMS YOU OUGHT TO KNOW (HoZac Books 2021) with host David C. Gross and Tom Semioli. A collection of essays by Maida, Cohen, …
 
Vinyl aficionados rejoice! Authors Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Sparks) and acclaimed veteran rock scribe and former major label executive Mitchell Cohen discuss their new book THE WHITE LABEL PROMO PRESERVATION SOCIETY: 100 FLOP ALBUMS YOU OUGHT TO KNOW (HoZac Books 2021) with host David C. Gross and Tom Semioli. A collection of essays by Maida, Cohen, …
 
You judge a musician by the company he keeps! A New York City sax colossus, Arno Hecht is a founding member of the iconic Uptown Horns (with Larry Etkin, Bob Funk, Paul Litteral, and Crispin Cioe), the go-to section for artists spanning The Rolling Stones, Joan Jett, Late Night with David Letterman, Iggy Pop, David Johansen, Ronnie Spector, J. Geil…
 
John Altman: Not to be confused with the British actor, this Londoner is among the most prolific and accomplished composers, arrangers, and producers in the history of recorded music. And when he’s not scoring films (James Bond), or making hits with George Michael, Monty Python (“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”), Rod Stewart, Tina Turner an…
 
John Altman: Not to be confused with the British actor, this Londoner is among the most prolific and accomplished composers, arrangers, and producers in the history of recorded music. And when he’s not scoring films (James Bond), or making hits with George Michael, Monty Python (“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”), Rod Stewart, Tina Turner an…
 
Michael League: The Snarkiest Puppy Perseveres! He is a bassist, producer, collaborator, entrepreneur, label owner, recording artist, musical director, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and… light-bulb changer! As the founder and bandleader of Snarky Puppy, Michael League has carried the torch of world music – jazz fusion maestros such as Joe Zawinu…
 
Dave Swift (Later…with Jools Holland NOTES FROM AN ARTIST WITH DAVE SWIFT: He is the UK’s most recognized bass player by way of his tenure on the BBC's “Later…with Jools Holland” television program for over two decades which features legendary and undiscovered artists for live studio performances, interviews and musical magic. Dave is also a devout…
 
“Let me call Paul and see what he has to say about it…” Drummer, producer, recording artist, bandleader, session ace Denny Seiwell reflects on his work with Paul McCartney on the recording of RAM in New York City in 1971 and his role as the drummer and co-producer of RAM ON: A 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF PAUL AND LINDA MCCARTNEY’S RAM out now o…
 
“Jeff is the best bass player on the planet!” proclaimed Geddy Lee! “Jeff the best bass player I’ve ever heard” noted Jack Bruce. In fact, Jeff Berlin is not only a master bassist, recording artist, music journalist, podcast host, and composer – he is an acclaimed and controversial educator whose books, lectures and videos are essential for serious…
 
Though he never achieved the commercial success of his contemporaries Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page – the late Irish blues master Rory Gallagher was among the most lyrical guitarists of his era. The bassist for Rory’s entire recorded solo canon was John Gerrard “Gerry” McAvoy. Unlike traditional blues rock players, McAvoy…
 
To rock bass players who came of age in the late 1970s and early 1980s Bruce Thomas was the main Attraction! He is among the outstanding bass players of Britain’s golden era of singer-songwriter “pub rockers” – which somehow got categorized as “punk.” Akin to Norman Watt-Roy (Ian Dury & The Blockheads), Graham Maby (Joe Jackson Band) and Andrew Bod…
 
“I always try to play with feel…” You’ve heard him on the radio…you’ve heard him on the juke box on the song “Juke Box Hero” among many others….and you’ve likely seen him on the concert stage. Rick Wills commenced his remarkable chart-topping career as a bassist with British blues rockers Jokers Wild in 1965 – which also featured future Pink Floyd …
 
To paraphrase Dr. Winston O’Boogie (John Lennon speaking of Chuck Berry and the art of rock and roll) – if you want to call solo bass by another name…call it… Michael Manring! A fretless virtuoso, Manring brings the instrument to places hitherto unknown, unexplored, and untried – until now. Working his virtuosity on the fretless with a myriad of to…
 
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