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James Simonson
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James Simonson

from Detroit, MI

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    Home Page:
    Detroit, MI
    Current Setup:
    '66 Fender Precision Bass, '73 Fender Jazz Bass, '93 Stingray, 60's Jazz unlined fretless, Japan Custom made Jazz 5, 1930's U.S.A. Upright Bass, Ashdown Amps and Cabs, Micro SVT, LDS 1x10, Countryman Type 10, REDDI DI, Sadowsky DI, Wolf Box, and a few other handmade DI's under the direction of Motown engineer, Ed Wolfrum. Special thanks to Ernie Ball and Van Zandt Pickups.
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Gigs, Bands, & Ensembles:
    Currently traveling and performing around the world with Bettye Lavette. Toured with The Lion King, performed with Patti Smith, Robert Gordon, David Sanborn, Bob James, Kid Rock, Earl Klugh, and Larry Carlton. Member of the Saint Cecilia Band, Zap Toro, Sean Blackman and founding member of Detroit's multi-award winning trio, The Brothers Groove. Numerous sessions and jingles. (the DMC Motown remake of "I'll Be There") All bass tracks on the American Bible Challenge, GSN networks #1 game show. Played many of the most popular theater shows including "Wicked" and "In the Heights" through Local 5 Detroit via Alice Sauro. On most of Dennis Coffey's latest release and on all of Jermey Spencer's (Fleetwood Mac) latest dbl. album. Annual performance of "Too Hot To Handel" at The Detroit Opera House and Chicago's Hill Auditorium. Recent performance with Bettye Lavette at Carnegie Hall, NYC.
    Influences and Teachers:
    Christ, Dad, Jeff Dalton, Max Janowsky, Johnnie Bassett, Steve Swallow, Duck Dunn, Jaco Pastorious, Larry Graham, Chuck Rainey, Tony Levin, and most all 4 string players that play based in the tradition of the Fender bass styles of the 60's & 70's.
    Endorsing Artist : Ernie Ball, LaBella Strings