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John Goldsby
Mar 4, 2003
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    WDR (Westdeutscher Runkfunk) Radio Big Band, Cologne, Germany
    Bassist @ WDR Big Band Cologne, Columnist — BassMagazine.com, Conservatorium Maastricht, NL
    Since 1994, John Goldsby has held the position of solo bassist with the Grammy Award-winning Westdeutscher Rundfunk Big Band (the Cologne Radio Big Band). From 1980 to 1994, Goldsby lived in New York City and was a fixture on the New York jazz scene. He is actively involved in the jazz scene as a bassist, bandleader, composer, teacher, clinician and author.
    Goldsby’s most recent recordings as a bandleader include The Innkeeper’s Gun [Bass Lion, 2010], a powerful sax-bass-drums trio with Jacob Duncan and Jason Tiemann, Space for the Bass [Bass Lion, 2009], featuring duo, trio and quartet formations, Live at the Nachbar (Bass Lion, 2008), also with Duncan and Tiemann, and The Visit [Bass Lion, 2009], a duo with pianist Bill Dobbins. The John Goldsby, Peter Erskine, Bill Dobbins Trio are featured on the highly-acclaimed recording Cologne [Fuzzy Music]. Goldsby is featured as bandleader on other notable recordings, including Tale Of The Fingers [Concord, 1993] and Viewpoint [Nagel Heyer, 2002].
    With the WDR Big Band, Goldsby is featured on current releases such as: Bombella [Abdullah Ibrahim], Symphonica [Joe Lovano],the Grammy-Award-Winning Avant Gershwin and For Ella [Patti Austin], Roots and Grooves [Maceo Parker], and Big Band Time [Paquito D'Rivera].
    Goldsby is the author of The Jazz Bass Book, Jazz Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist, and Bass Notes. He writes regularly for Bass Player Magazine [USA].


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