Well known, Female Bassists?!?!?!?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by 1SHOT1HIT, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. 1SHOT1HIT


    Feb 17, 2012
    My G/F asked last night if, & how many female bassists were in the professional music industry.
    Since I still barely know all the male bassists, I've had little, to no time to become familiar with what the ladies are doing.
    Can anyone give me an idea, who the top pro female bassists are? In your opinion's of course!!!
  2. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Carole Kaye
    Me'shell Ndegéocello
    Sara Lee
    Rhonda Smith
    Gail Ann-Dorsey
    Manou Gallo
    Tal Wilkenfeld
    Debra Killings
    Esperanza Spalding

    ...are a few names that come to mind immediately.
  3. jordak


    Apr 7, 2011
    Queens, NY
  4. 1SHOT1HIT


    Feb 17, 2012
    Damn that was easy.

    Thanks guys, I had no idea there was a list. Learn sumphin new Urey day.
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  6. old-fashioned


    Mar 25, 2005
  7. Add Jasemine Cain , great Rocker with awesome showmanship .
  8. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    Killings just KILLS!!!:eek:
  9. +1

    Breeders 'Last Splash' is one of my top 10 fav albums of all time, though I believe it has Josephine Wiggs on bass instead of Kim Deal.
  10. Mal1905


    Jan 10, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Leslie Shone from The Belle Stars could go on that list too.
  11. Marial

    Marial Synthlandia Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2011
    Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth and Tina Weymouth from Talking Heads are two of my favorites.
  12. VeganThump


    Jun 29, 2012
    South Jersey
    D'arcy- Smashing Pumpkins

    Sean Yseult- White Zombie
  13. Raymeous


    Jul 2, 2010
    San Diego
    Tal Wilkenfield is pretty amazing.

    The first time I'd heard of her was on a Jeff Beck DVD, Live at Ronnie Scott's. If she's good enough that Jeff Beck chose this little 'kid' to be in his band that should tell you something.

    OOoooo the DVD is on youtube!

    Of the two Tal is probably the more inspiring choice as a musician, but I'm huge Maiden geek so...
  14. csanders


    Jun 14, 2012
    The Wikipedia list didn't include Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies nor Nikki Monninger of Silverside Pickups. Just thought I'd add them. Also, I really like Wendy Drennen of Fireflight. Not sure if any of them stand up skill wise with the likes of Tal, but thought I'd throw them out there anyway.
  15. 1Drop


    Jul 31, 2009
    Yea but you can't forget about how Esperanza made Beiber cry. Just a little cherry on top of massive amounts of talent. The lady has a great voice, great stand up and electric technique, songwriting, scatting, and she's cute and friendly!!!
  16. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Arcadia, CA
    Because it was still seen as rare back then and Carole Kaye was in the studio and unknown I will nominate Janice-Marie Johnson of A Taste Of Honey as the first that came to my knowledge. Then Tina Weymouth of thre Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club.. After that the women were just other musicians as likely to be on bass as any other instrument until Esperanza Spaulding playing an upright emerged when I still expected someone of Stanley Clarke's stature to be standing there
  17. funkytown


    Aug 2, 2012
    I don't think Tal Wilkenfeld belongs on this list, it's way to short. She's one of the top pros in the world (male or female) :)
    Here she is with Lee Ritenour, Vinnie colaiuta and Zamajobe-(vocals) from Lee's record Rhythm Sessions.

  18. jobo4


    Apr 19, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Sarah Brown : Antone's house band bassist. She backed up all of the touring blues greats that came through Austin in the 80s.
  19. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 love Janice an inspiration of mine.
  20. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Lincoln, NE
    Between Carole Kaye and Tina Weymouth, from about 69 to mid 70s, there was Jean Millington from Fanny and the L.A. Allstars. And she can still play.