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The History of Ancient Greece Podcast is a deep-dive into one of the most influential and fundamental civilization in world history. Hosted by philhellene Ryan Stitt, THOAG spans over two millennia. From the Bronze Age to the Archaic Period, from Classical Greece to the Hellenistic kingdoms, and finally to the Roman conquest, this podcast will tell the history of a fundamental civilization by bringing to life the fascinating stories of all the ancient sources and scholarly interpretations of ...
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THE BASS SHED PODCAST is a collection of in-depth interviews with Double Bassists & Electric Bassists from all over the world. Hosted by Los Angeles freelance Bassist Ryan Roberts, each interview examines artistry, career, culture in a personal ad relaxed style. Rated in the top 10% of ALL podcasts in the world, and listened to in more than 80 countries, The Bass Shed Podcast is a valuable resource for every bassist of any genre.
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Broadway Gives Back

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Philanthropy unites Broadway stars like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Judith Light, and more. The Broadway Gives Back Podcast spotlights Broadway actors, shows, and organizations in their pursuit of social impact and doing good. Our talented guests will share stories about their favorite charities, how they got involved, and the people and causes who have benefited from these philanthropic efforts. From stars to stagehands, cast members to front of house, and causes large and small, we ...
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Send us a Text Message. Tom’s musical roots with on the acoustic bass, an instrument he started playing at age 9 and took to so naturally that within a few years he was performing with internationally known players such as Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Nat Adderly, Sonny Stitt and Stan Kenton. At age 17, Tom would create a musical alter ego when he…
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Send us a Text Message. Reggie Hamilton was born in NYC. He spent his formative years on the east coast and started playing bass at age 11. He was also fortunate enough to have New York bassist Kim Clarke as his first teacher. Two years later, Reggie would take up the acoustic bass to strengthen his foundation as a bassist. Much of Reggie’s early p…
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Send us a Text Message. Darek Oles (Oleszkiewicz) was born on February 20, 1963 in Wroclaw, Poland. At the age of five Oles began his music education at the State Music School in Wroclaw. Piano was his first instrument, but later he played guitar, electric bass and finally at eighteen years old, he switched to accoustic bass. While in his teens he …
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Send us a Text Message. Kathryn is a member of several contemporary music ensembles including the renowned Australian ELISION Ensemble, Fonema Consort (NYC), and the Echoi Ensemble (LA). She has performed as a guest artist with various adventurous international ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble MusikFabrik, Delirium Musicum, Ensemble Dal …
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Send us a Text Message. Matt Hare is well known as a performer and educator. He is on faculty at the University of California at Irvine, Concordia University, and Saddleback College. Dr. Hare also teaches several sections of Music Appreciation and History of Rock online and in the classroom at Saddleback College. He is a string coach at Irvine, Lag…
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Send us a Text Message. Bryan Beller has maintained a multi-faceted career as a bassist, composer, solo artist and clinician for over 25 years, earning his reputation as a uniquely talented yet supremely tasteful team player for instrumentally-minded artists. He is a founding member of The Aristocrats which is one of the hottest acts in rock/fusion…
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In this episode, we discuss Spartan imperial policy at home and abroad in the aftermath of the Peloponnesian War at Sparta from 404-396 BC, including their war with Elis, the imperial ambitions of Lysander and the ascension of Agesilaos, Kinadon's foiled socio-political revolution, and Sparta's invasion of Persia to "free" the Eastern Greeks Show N…
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Send us a Text Message. Russell was lucky to grow up in a musical family in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. His mother played the bassoon, his father played the french horn, and his step-father taught saxophone and played jazz. He began playing the bass in 4’th grade, but his interest in classical music began to spark when he began studying with Tracy Rowell …
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On this episode of the Broadway Gives Back podcast, we have two crazy talented and very passionate guys as our guests - Robin de Jesús and Ryan Morales. Robin de Jesús is a film and theater actor best known for playing roles in the Broadway musicals In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles, and in The Boys in the Band, which earned him three Tony Award n…
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Send us a Text Message. Born March 25, 1975 in Newcastle, England. Tony is a multi-instrumentalist, master bassist, composer, producer, published author and award-winning music educator; he studied at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2001, receiving the prestigious 'Outstanding Performer' award. Tony is known for his 6-s…
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Send us a Text Message. Bassist David Rodriguez has worked with groups ranging from Isaac Hayes to Tito Puente to the Rochester Philharmonic. He studied at Juilliard, the Eastman School of Music, and Mansfield University. David is currently the Executive Producer and Executive Vice President of The New Jersey Performing Arts Center where the Milt H…
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Send us a Text Message. John Peña is an in demand touring and session bassist, writer, arranger, producer, and engineer. John has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artitists , including: Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana, Julio Iglesias, Tania Maria, Natalie Cole, The Crusaders, Herb Alpert, Chaka Khan, Jerry Garcia, Chick Corea, Steve Vai,…
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Send us a Text Message. Jerry Jemmott is a highly respected American bass guitarist and session musician, best known for his work in the realms of blues, jazz, and R&B. He was born on May 22, 1946, in New York City. Throughout his extensive career, Jemmott has played with numerous iconic artists, leaving a significant impact on the music industry. …
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Music is our focus today on the Broadway Gives Back podcast, and I have two very special women as my guests. So first, Let’s “Let it go” for Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy award-winning, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Kristen is best known for her work from Frozen, Coco, In Transit, Up Here and Finding Nemo. Kristen is also very involved in two important organiz…
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In this episode of Broadway Gives Back we talk about Transport Group and their mission of crafting risk-taking and thoughtful productions of theatre that widen the lens on our American experience. Their works create space for new American perspectives that deepen our shared capacity for empathy and understanding. My guests are two incredible human-…
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Send us a Text Message. Playing bass was love at first pluck for Marty Isenberg. His career as a jazz musician began at the age of 12, after losing his father to cancer the year prior. A skilled amateur musician, Marty’s father kept many instruments around the house that he would play for the family. After his death, Marty would pull one of these i…
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Send us a Text Message. Roberto Vally’s accomplishments within music date back to his formidable years in New York where he was awarded his Junior High School’s Music Honor Award. It was clear that Roberto was destined to pursue an education in music. From 1974-1978 he attended New York City’s legendary High School of Music and Art-depicted in Fame…
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Send us a Text Message. Double bassist P.J. Cinque joined the San Diego Symphony in 2015, having previously been a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, P.J. serves as Assistant Principal Bass of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Utah Sym…
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Send us a Text Message. Kenny Lee Lewis has been a member of The Steve Miller Band for over 41 years and is now their current touring bass player. The Steve Miller Band was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2016. Kenny speaks about how he landed the gig with Miller and attributes of his artistry that have sustained him in the music industry. K…
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Our guest today is the “Beautiful” actor, and we mean that literally and figuratively, Jessie Mueller! Jessie starred in Beautiful, the Carole King musical and won the Tony Award for her performance. Jessie also has been nominated for a Tony for the leading roles in Waitress, Carousel and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. Her body of work is brea…
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Our guest in this episode is a true activist. Laura Bell Bundy is also an actress, a recording artist, a singer/songwriter, a director, a producer, and a podcaster. Broadway fans will know her as Tina in Ruthless, Amber in Hairspray, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, where she was nominated for a Tony Award, and she played Glinda in Wicked. She started…
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Our special guest today is Andrew Barth Feldman who won the 2018 National High School Musical Theatre Award, and went on to make his Broadway debut as the title character in the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen as a junior in high school. Since then, he has starred in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Ratatouille: The TikTok …
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Best known for his role as Eric Beale on the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles, Barrett Foa is an incredibly talented cross-over artist and actor who has performed in Hollywood and the theatre world. He made his Broadway debut in 2001 in the original cast of Mamma Mia, which launched his stage career. He then starred in shows like: Avenue Q, The 25th An…
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Our special guest today is Telly Leung, who in addition to his incredible acting career, is an activist. He was born and raised in New York City so the world of theatre and art was always a part of his life. And on this podcast, Telly talks about the importance of sustainable cities, which includes the arts. Telly has been in so many Broadway shows…
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Join us for the launch of our Earth Month series as Jan welcomes Tony nominee, Anika Larsen, to be her co-host and brings in special Broadway guests to discuss the United Nations Global Goals for sustainable development. We will talk about tackling the World’s To Do List to make the planet a better place and look at ways in which Broadway shows, ca…
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Happy Earth Month! Broadway Gives Back has partnered with Anika Larsen and the Broadway Green Alliance to bring you The Broadway Vlog to Save The Planet - a month-long video and podcast series dedicated to helping Broadway go from feeling helpless to hopeful when it comes to the climate change revolution. You'll hear from guests like Telly Leung, S…
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Send us a Text Message. Chris van Voorst van Beest is a bassist and composer who grew up in Maine and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Hailed as "a double bassist with an exceptional ability to improvise," (Erminio Garotta - Sound & Vision) Chris has performed and/or recorded with artists as diverse as Frank Kimbrough, Robert Glasper, Gabriel Kahane, and Geo…
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Send us a Text Message. Eric Shedd is the bassist for the Colorado based group "Birds of Play". Birds of Play is an Americana Roots quartet based in the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado. Their distinct sound is rooted in and inspired by their connection to the land in which they reside. The band features multi- instrumentalists and songw…
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Send us a Text Message. Bassist Zach Gilliam was born in Memphis Tennessee and moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting. After deciding to take a break from music, he moved to the small mountain town of Eagle, Colorado. While in Colorado, Zach joined the band " The Runaway Grooms" On this episode, Zach discusses his move to Colorado from Nashville,…
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Send us a Text Message. In demand Nashville Bassist Ted Pecchio has recorded with Doyle Bramhall II, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Amy Helm, Oliver Wood and Colonel Bruce Hampton and The Codetalkers. Ted is originally from Youngstown, Ohio and was born into a musical family. His father Daniel Pecchio was the bassist for Glas…
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Send us a Text Message. Nate Sabat is a bassist, singer-songwriter, arranger and instructor based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a founding member of the award-winning string band Mile Twelve. A native-New Yorker, he attended LaGuardia High School as a vocal principal and went on to study upright bass at the Berklee College of Music. He has performed on st…
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Send us a Text Message. NY Bassist/Bandleader Steve Millhouse speaks about his new album "The Unwinding" available on Steeple Chase Records. More about the album: The first Steve Millhouse Trio recording will be released on SteepleChase Records on February 15th. Liner notes by Steve Swallow and Gary Fukushima. Physical copies will be distributed in…
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Send us a Text Message. Becky Baldwin is one of the UK’s busiest rock bassists. After playing the piano as a child, Becky picked up the bass guitar as a teenager and began performing with bands at school. In 2009 she moved from Trowbridge to Bristol to study at BIMM Bristol and became closely involved in Bristol’s music scene. Becky holds a BA Hono…
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Send us a Text Message. Los Angeles native, Erik Kertes, is a songwriter, producer, arranger, composer, touring and recording upright and electric bassist, music director, and a multi-instrumentalist. Between running a recording studio, touring with acts like Shakira and Michael Buble, composing for TV and film, and writing songs for major label ar…
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In this episode, we discuss the life, influences, drawbacks, and positives of the Athenian military leader, philosopher, and historian--Xenophon (ca. 430-354 BC)--who was one of Sokrates' more famous pupils; and the post-Peloponnesian war Panhellenic campaign into the heart of the Persian Empire that he made famous through his writings (the Anabasi…
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Send us a Text Message. Electric & Double Bassist Tony Garnier is a Grammy Award winning sideman for legendary household names in the music business. Having joined songwriting icon Bob Dylan in 1989, and also performing alongside Asleep At The Wheel, Tom Waits, Loudon Wainwright III, Paul Simon, and many others, Garnier has played with some of the …
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Currently rockin’ out as the mom in ALMOST FAMOUS THE MUSICAL on Broadway, Anika Larsen is a Drama Desk winner and Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for her role as Cynthia Weil in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. She recently released an album of lullabies for all ages called Sing You to Sleep and is on the board of NYC Children’s The…
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Send us a Text Message. https://www.instagram.com/the_bass_shed/The Bass Shed Podcast hits 100! On this very special episode, I revisit some important conversations i've had with guests over the years. Interview clips from: EP 77 - Lance Morrison Composer, touring and session bassist Lance Morrison has recorded/performed with Rod Stewart, Alanis Mo…
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The Museum of Broadway is an immersive and interactive theatrical experience devoted to musicals, plays, and the people who create them. Featuring the work of dozens of designers, artists, and theater historians, this one-of-a-kind museum takes visitors on a journey along the timeline of Broadway, from its birth to present day, where the past, pres…
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Send us a Text Message. Tim Landers is session bass player, spending some time on the NY session scene and working as a session player in Los Angeles. Tim has worked with jazz/fusion artists such as Al Di Meola, Billy Cobham, and Gil Evans. Tim has also worked with; Tracy Chapman, Tori Amos, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin. In Addition, Tim has made i…
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Send us a Text Message. N.Y. Electric Bassist Mike Visceglia has worked with Suzanne Vega, Jackson Browne, Avril Lavigne, Phoebe Snow, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler and many others. Mike also co-leads a couple projects; Then Their Were Two and Pine Cats. Then Their Were Two is a duo project with Mike on electric bass and vocalist Fiona McBain. Mike an…
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Send us a Text Message. Barry Green is active as a bass soloist, recording artist, author and teacher. He has been directing bass camps and schools for over 44 years, and is founder and director of the Ohio State Bass Camp. Green has studied with the legendary bassist François Rabbath. Barry’s most recent project includes a unique exercise program …
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Actress and comedienne Julie Halston is one of the funniest women on Broadway and off. She has starred in TOOTSIE, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, ANYTHING GOES, HAIRSPRAY, and GYPSY. She has also appeared in the television reboots of SEX AND THE CITY and GOSSIP GIRL. Julie is also a staunch advocate for people living with pulmonary fibrosis, receiving…
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Send us a Text Message. Music Journalists Jon D'Auria (Editor in Cheif) Chris Jisi (Senior Editor) of Bass Magazine, discuss their time working as music journalists, Bass Magazine and shifts in culture that impact the magazine. Bass Magazine is a digital publication with daily web and social media posts dedicated to being the leading light on the p…
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Send us a Text Message. Words from Ellis: “I officially began my guitar making career in Chicago back in 2002, when my favorite guitar was in need of major repair. I did what I always do: read every book I can find about the subject. After that I was hooked, I found an apprenticeship and realized that rather than repairs, designing and building ins…
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From his current role in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS to his Tony Award-nominated performances in SOMETHING ROTTEN! and THE PRODUCERS, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, SPAMALOT, and many more, Brad Oscar is one of the funniest men on Broadway and off. For 20 years, Brad has also supported and now serves on the board of Only Make Believe, an amazing cha…
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Send us a Text Message. Joshua Stamper has been a composer and collaborator for nearly thirty years. Equally at home in the jazz, classical, avant-garde, and indie/alternative worlds, and working with filmmakers, dancers, visual artists, poets and architects, his work reflects a deep commitment to transdisciplinary collaboration. Joshua has worked …
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Send us a Text Message. Kaisa Mäensivu is a Finnish double bass player and composer. She is currently based in New York, where she finished her Master's degree at the highly acclaimed Manhattan School of Music in May 2017. She studied under the guidance of teachers and professors such as Dave Liebman and Jay Anderson. Prior to moving to New York, K…
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