With the passing of Charlie Haden, many of us are focused on those in the music business whose instrument is the bass. We can all probably name five off the top of our heads who really get our juices flowing - or those with whom we feel an indescribable connection. JUST because of the way they play.
Enter Jimmy Haslip! One of the Masters of the Art of Bass, Jimmy was born in the Bronx. And Spanish was his first language. He learned to speak English later. But the way that he makes his bass speak? There is ONE language - and that's universal :) But let's give you a rewind as to how he got to that level...
Jimmy's family moved to Huntingdon, New York, when he was four. Hearing all kinds of music in the house, he was drawn to the sound of multiple instruments - and he was playing drums, trumpet and tuba early on. But the bass captured his interest. And, at 13, he got one - but here's the kicker: since he was left-handed and since a bass for right-handers was available, Jimmy learned to play it upside down!
1969: Our guest left NY to make his musical path in San Fran, New Orleans, Denver and Dallas. He finally moved to L.A. in 1975 - there he got together with Russell Ferrante and Robben Ford - and they formed the nucleus of players who created "The Inside Story" - Robben's first album.
The strength of that buzz paved the way for the formation of The Yellowjackets in 1980 - Jimmy was a founding member. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out that his way from THERE was gold. In case you might not know - he has had some 21 Grammy nominations - and worked with artists in diverse genres. You can ask Jeff Lorber how he could get along without Jimmy Haslip - the success of "Hacienda" says a LOT!
We'll share music and talk gigs - hang with us on 7/15!
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