Bassist for Chicago on Public television

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by jongor, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. jongor

    jongor Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Anyone catch that show the other night (Saturday I think)?

    They were great! ...with the addition of the young bass and guitar players.

    Horns sounded great, Vocals were awesome, and the bass player, using a jazz style Lakland was really good.

    ...boy he could sing too.

    Anyone know who this guy is?
  2. scatman


    Jun 12, 2003
    I believe Chicago's bassist is Peter Cetera. My favorite Chicago bassline is "Street Player". Peace.
  3. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    I don't think Cetera's been in the band for awhile, unless he rejoined. Isn't their current guy Jason Scheff (son of Jerry Scheff)?
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I'm with you, Richard; as far as I know, Jason Scheff is the bassist for Chicago(he's been in the band longer than Cetera...Cetera hasn't been in the band for, what, 20 years?).

    Both are very, very good players.

    FWIW, Chicago just played here last week; I asked some friends who attended & couldn't get an answer about who played bass.
  5. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    It's Jason Scheff. He's been with the band since 1986.
  6. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Chicagos bassist for the last 17 years has been Jason Scheff.
  7. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Yep. He's a very good player and singer! I still can't get over a video I saw way back when where he's wearing a long black leather trenchcoat playing his bass singing a ballad! So 80's!
  8. johnvice


    Sep 7, 2004
    I'm a big Chicago fan but like the music so much I seldom analyze what the bass or any instrument is doing. (This is the ultimate compliment for any work of art).

    Anyway, I was listening to my favorite Chicago album, Night and Day, and was stunned by Jason's bass playing. During the fadeouts he and drummer Tris Imboden get wilder and wilder each time. I kept re-playing a few fade-outs in awe of their chops.

    Wild licks aside, I have been impressed at Jason's musical sensibilities in holding down the bottom end on the records he has made: Always tasteful, always supportive, never overplaying.

    Oh yeah, he is also a great tenor singer as well!

    Sadly, I have never seen a music magazine article on Jason, which is damn shame. He deserves the recognition as a skilled and successful musician
  9. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    Let's not forget Cetera played a fretless bass and sang lead on some of Chicago's material. I might've been high as a kite at the time, but he sure seemed as good as anyone I'd ever seen live in concert! :)
  10. Doc, you've gotta post that pic of you playing on the beach in 72 or whatever... classic!

    I love all that old Chicago stuff with Cetera and Terry Kath.
  11. cetera


    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    Chicago's bassist/tenor singer is Jason Scheff and the guitarist is Keith Howland.

    As you can probably tell from my 'screen name' I am a huge Chicago (and specifically Peter Cetera) fan. :hyper:

    Peter Cetera was superb in his day, a truly thoughtful bassist who held down the low end while coming up with some truly inventive and melodic lines... :bassist:
    He has been out of Chicago now for some 20 years and his replacement ever since is the phenomenally talented Jason Scheff. Son of Jerry Scheff (Elvis, Doors etc), he needs more props and recognition for his talent.... :bassist:

    So, any thread like this that reminds people about the talents of Cetera and Scheff is alright with me!! :hyper: :)
  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Hey Cetera-

    How 'bout naming a few of your hidden gems?
    I mean, we all know(or should know) the hits-
    "Free", "Make Me Smile", "Beginnings", "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "Saturday In The Park", "Call On Me", etc

    I'm talking about stuff like "Scrapbook" & "Skintight"(both from Chicago X) or "Brand New Love Affair, Pts. 1 & 2" & "Never Been In Love Before"(both from Chicago VIII).

    More nuggets wanted!
  13. cetera


    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    One track that immediately comes to mind is: "What's This World Comin' To" from 'Chicago VI'....

    Check it out! :bassist: :)
  14. Mongo Slade

    Mongo Slade Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Northern New Jersey
    Some of the greatest Blue-Eyed Soul bass playing in music history. Think Jamerson meets McCartney with a little Dunn for fun.
    Try: Dialogue- Chicago 5
    In the Country- Chicago 2
    Liberation- Chicago Transit Authority
    Woman Don't Want to Love Me- Chicago 7

    I could go on. I never tire of listening to or talking about this great band and their underated bassist, who IMHO got too much blame for ruinning the band with ballads like If You Leave Me Now, or No Tell Lover.
    Can you believe they're not in the R&R Hall of Fame?
  15. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    He does some great playing on the latest DVD with EW&F. Very impressive!
  16. there is no justice in the world
  17. cetera


    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    That'll be because the RnRHOF has nothing to do with 'justice' & all to do with 'favourites & backhanders'....
  18. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    Ya, I saw that too, great playing/singing chops, a real monster.
  19. How cool would it be to have a dad that played bass for Elvis!

    I agree, Jason sounds great. I've always been a big Chicago fan. The current band sound more like a very good cover band doing Chicago to me (similar to the current Earth Wind and Fire).... I think Pete Townsend described the phenomenon as 'The Who on Ice'.... when a significant percentage of the original players that defined the band's sound are no longer touring (or alive!). However, they sounded great none-the-less.
  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Chicago still has the original horn section and Robert Lamm on keys, so that's a good half of the original band. True, the main lead singer is gone, but I see no reason for them to pack it in just because he quit. They still do a good job.