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Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the double bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With 2 million downloads and counting, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!

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Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the double bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With 2 million downloads and counting, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!

    681: Gary Karr and his Influence

    681: Gary Karr and his Influence

    Today’s episode features the following the topic of Gary Karr and his influence:

    David Murray - Butler University
    Derek Jones - Cirque du Soleil’s show KÀ
    Gary Karr - the man himself!
    Hector Tirado - Puerto Rican bassist
    James Oesi - soloist
    Jeff Bradetich - University of North Texas
    Jim Ham - luthier
    Phoebe Russell - Queensland Symphony
    Ranaan Meyer - Time for Three

    Check out Gary's other appearances on the podcast, and listen to “best of” episodes at contrabassconversations.com/h

    • 40 min
    680: Working as a Jazz Bassist

    680: Working as a Jazz Bassist

    Today’s episode features the following past podcast guests on the topic of what it’s like working these days as a jazz bassist:

    Ben Allison - NYC
    Dan Chmielinski - NYC
    Herbert Smith - Brazil
    John Goldsby - Germany
    Katie Thiroux - Los Angeles
    Kenneth Knudson - Denmark
    Larry Gray - Chicago
    Rufus Reid - NYC
    Sean Conly - NYC

    Listen to more “best of” episodes at contrabassconversations.com/highlights.

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    • 30 min
    679: Ranaan Meyer on COVID-19 and staying positive

    679: Ranaan Meyer on COVID-19 and staying positive

    We're all experiencing difficult times right now. 

    Ranaan Meyer, my longtime friend and member of Time for Three, reached out to me this week, and we had an inspiring conversation about how we're handling the current situation.

    Ranaan has been on the podcast many times in the past, and I felt much better about what I can do to make the best of things after chatting with him.

    • 47 min
    678: Inside America's Major Orchestras

    678: Inside America's Major Orchestras

    Today’s episode features the following past podcast guests on the topic of what it’s like playing in major American orchestras:

    Chris Hanulik - LA Phil
    Jeff Weisner - National Symphony
    Micah Howard - Pittsburgh Symphony
    Orin O’Brien - New York Philharmonic
    Rex Surany - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    Scott Dixon - Cleveland Orchestra
    Steve Tramontozzi - San Francisco Symphony
    Tom Zera - Utah Symphony

    Listen to more “best of” episodes at contrabassconversations.com/highlights.

    • 36 min
    677: Bass Gear Geek-out

    677: Bass Gear Geek-out

    Today’s episode features the following past podcast guests on the topic of bass gear:

    Christian McBride - jazz bass legend
    Daniel Kimbro - Jerry Douglas Band
    Derek Jones -  bassist for Cirque du Soleil’s show KÀ
    Ethan Jodziewicz - newgrass bassist
    Gael McKeon - luthier
    Joel Quarrington - noted orchestral principal and soloist
    Kevin Smith - bassist for Willie Nelson
    Ralph Alcala - luthier
    David Gage - luthier
    Luthier roundtable
    Tom Mendel - Chicago-based theater musician

    and more!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    676: Working With the Jazz Greats

    676: Working With the Jazz Greats

    Today’s episode features the following past podcast guests on the topic of working with the jazz greats:

    Brian Bromberg - jazz bass legend
    Chuck Israels - jazz bass legend
    Frank Proto - bassist and composer
    Gary Peacock - jazz bass legend
    Jim Miller on Art Davis
    Kenny Davis - NYC jazz bassist
    Kurt Morrow on Milt Hinton
    Larry Grenadier - jazz bass legend
    Marco Panascia - NYC jazz bassist

    and more! Listen to more “best of” episodes at contrabassconversations.com/highlights.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

Contrarex ,

Excellent Resource

This podcast is a fantastic resource for all musicians. From career advice to performance and practice. The topics and guests are insightful and intriguing.

Rico_Zim ,

Crucial Resource for the Double Bass Community

Playing an instrument is more about just the technical skills or even the musical artistry involved. It's also about participating in a culture around the instrument and the music. Contrabass Conversations has been the best way imaginable of bringing me into this wonderful culture of the upright bass and all the beautiful music it sustains.

Papaulet ,

Great entree for amateurs to the full world

This podcast gives me, as an amateur bass player, a wonderful entree into the full world of the string bass

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