Dan Robbins
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August 24
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Central CA
Pro Bassist, University Bass Instructor, arranger

Dan Robbins

Male, from Central CA

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Any Bass, Any Style. Have Bass, will Travel Jun 1, 2014

Dan Robbins was last seen:
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      Dan Robbins
      Any Bass, Any Style. Have Bass, will Travel
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  • About

    August 24
    Home Page:
    Central CA
    Pro Bassist, University Bass Instructor, arranger
    Current Setup:
    Customized Conklin GT-5 converted to six strings
    Customized Conklin GT-5 fretless converted to six strings

    Genzler gear:
    Acoustic Array Pro Gollihur
    Acoustic Array Pro Gollihur Series 2
    BA110-2 Series 2
    BA410-3 Series 2

    Ibanez Gary Willis Signature 5-string fretless
    Fender American Deluxe Precision 5 string 2004 (STOLEN)
    MTD American seven string bass
    Brice HXB-406 short scale 6 string bass (heavily modded)
    Chinese Acoustic Electric 6 string bass
    1939 Kay Chubby Jackson upright with High "C" and Gage Lifeline pickup
    2000's Eminence RN-5 removeable neck 5 string electric upright
    Accugroove Tri 112L
    Demeter HBTP-201 preamp
    Carvin AG300 Acoustic Amp
    MXR Compressor, Envelope Filter, Bass Fuzz Deluxe, Bass Chorus Deluxe
    TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb, Ditto Looper
    Radial Tonebone Loopbone
    Radial Bassbone
    Nose Stereo Volume Pedal
    Boss OC-2, OC-3, Bass Equalizer
    Yamaha MIDI pickup on MTD 7 string bass
    Favorite Genres:
    Jazz, Funk, Rock, Brazilian, Pop, Afro-Cuban, Indian, Classical,
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    California Poet Laureate Al Young/Dan Robbins Duo, Bruce Forman, Claudia Villela, Laurie Antonioli, Wasabi, Hristo Vitchev, Joe DeRose & Amici, others too numerous to mention, solo concerts
    Previously Owned Gear:
    Euphonic Audio CXL-112, VL-208, VL-110, VL-210, Bergantino HT-322, Markbass STD151, Markbass STD104HR, Markbass STD104HF, Markbass STD102, Markbass Traveler 102P, Markbass Traveler 123, Markbass CMD102P combo, Markbass CMD121P combo, Acoustic Image Contra, Fender American Precision Bass Deluxe, Walter Woods Stereo High Power amplifier, various upright basses, Radial PZ-PRE, Boss ME-50B
    Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 6 HS 6 string bass (FOR SALE)
    Fender Stu Hamm Urge II converted to 5 string strings (high C)
    G.A.S. List:
    Accugroove El Whappo, Mini Whappo Stack
    Influences and Teachers:
    Life, Love, Pain, Waves, Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Jaco, James Jamerson, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Gary Willis, Rocco Prestia, Les Claypool, Eric Avery, Flea, Francois Rabbath, Barry Green,
    Hobbies and Interests:
    photography, nature, backpacking
    Available for Instruction?:
    • Bass Guitar Instruction
    • Double Bass Instruction
    Teaching Credentials:
    I am Professor of Jazz Bass at San Jose State University, CA, USA, and Professor of Acoustic and Electric Bass, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
    Dan has performed or recorded with international jazz stars Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Danilo Perez, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Benny Green, Giovanni Hidalgo, Peter Martin, Cedar Walton, David Sanchez, Tessa Souter, Miguel Zenon, Brian Bromberg, Lewis Nash, John Benitez, Maraca, John Clayton, Bruce Forman, Taylor Eigsti, and many West Coast luminaries such as Frank Martin, Celso Alberti, Claudia Villela, Masha Campagne, Rick Walker, Hristo Vitchev, Weber Iago, Joe DeRose, Marshall Otwell, Dann Zinn, Jason Lewis, Dick Whittington, Paul Contos, Vince Lateano, Christian Tamburr, Mike Shannon, Kenny Stahl, Dan Zemelman, Roger Eddy, Alan Hall, Tammi Brown, Colin Douglass, Derek Smith, Greg Wyser-Pratte, Rick Vandivier, Nate Pruitt, Billy Jones, Wally Schnalle, Murray Low, Martan Mann, Rhan Wilson, Patti Maxine, Amikaeyla, Alan Jones, David Valdez, Nancy King, Randy Porter, Olaf Sciappacasse, Pascal and Remy LeBoeuff, and many, many others.

    Dan Robbins has played and recorded in settings ranging from solo, duo, trio, etc. to big band and orchestra, and is known for driving, creative, harmonically and melodically rich background and lead parts on bass. He doubles on both acoustic bass, and four, five, six, and seven-string electric bass, in styles ranging from solo jazz chord-melody arrangements, to hard-swinging jazz double bass accompaniment, acoustic and electric funk, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Carribean, rock, R&B, blues, tango, Indian, and fusion styles, as well as arco (played with the bow) classical and comtemporary interpretations of composed music. He is also known to employ looping and effects to create the impression of a “one man band”.

    He brings a fiery improvisational spirit and energy to all the projects he is involved with. Currently co-leading the funk trio Wasabi, he also has an ongoing duo project with distinguished California Poet Laureate Al Young, and plays bass for the Hristo Vitchev Quartet, Joe DeRose & Amici, the Weber Iago Trio, SEVA, Vandivier, the Martan Mann Trio, Idiot Fish 3, the BR Jazz Band, and also does solo concerts. He also teaches privately, and for the Monterey Jazz Festival and San Jose Jazz Society, San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, and freelances in studios and venues in the Bay Area and beyond.


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