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double bass women

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by Malgos, May 8, 2006.

  1. Malgos


    May 8, 2006
    Gdansk, Europe
    :help: :bawl:

    Hello everyone!

    I am Malgosia and I am a student of double bass performance in Gdansk.
    Here, in Poland, a woman playing double bass is still a rarity and that is why I would like to write a thesis about women and double basses.

    So right now I am trying to find women playing this great and beautiful instrument - solo players, leaders of groups in orchestras, composers or professors.

    I will be very grateful for any information from you.

    THANK YOU :))

    I wish you all the best

  2. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    Witaj Małgosiu!

    You might want to ask this question over in the double bass side of the forum. There are also a few female bassists who hang out there and might be a great resource for your thesis.

    There are lots of female DB players in the amateur bluegrass/old-time/trad. folk scene in the US. Out of all the folk bassists I've met when I was living in Texas, perhaps 1/3 were female.
  3. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Kristen Korb is an amazing Upright Bassist and Vocalist!

    ... but pklima is right... I'm going to move this over to the DB side.
  4. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Or Mary Ann McSweeney or Melissa Slocum or Nikki Parrot or Noriko Ueda (for jazz bassists) or Joelle Leandre or Orin O'Brien or Linda MacKnight or June Rothenburg....
  5. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Nikki is a great player... Ed, is she still playing with Les Paul at Iridium?
  6. Cambass123

    Cambass123 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2005
    I recommend looking into information on Diana Gannet....she is the double bass professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a former student of Gary Karr. She is an incredible player.
  7. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  8. Malgos


    May 8, 2006
    Gdansk, Europe
    These names are very interesting :))
    especially the last one. Thank you.

    greetings from Poland
  9. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
  10. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
  11. Rob Palmer

    Rob Palmer

    Aug 29, 2005
    Suffolk, UK
    Chase up Paula Gardiner from Wales or Gill Alexander, Suffolk. Both solid professionals.
  12. jazzbass72


    Jun 26, 2003
    New York, NY
    I really like Miriam Sullivan's playing too, she's solid! I couldn't find a personal website, but here's a link to an interview:


    and also, watch out for another Australian musician (NYC based)... better known as a pianist, but scary on upright bass too: Cathy Harley.


    P.S. Ed, I agree with you, Noriko Ueda is killin'... I caught her live brunch set at the Blue Note last week. I was like, whoa!
  13. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
  14. Farin


    Oct 19, 2004
    Akron, Ohio
    I saw here with Joe Lovano, and holly crap! (Not bad for a girl) lol ;)
  15. Malgos


    May 8, 2006
    Gdansk, Europe

    what a great news!!! :) :) :)
    It looks like there are some women in this business. Good.

  16. Bass Barrister

    Bass Barrister

    Nov 4, 2004
    Petya, or Petia, Bagovska, is a well-known Bulgarian bassist who has done much to advance women bassists. She is presently here in Chicago but spends much time in Eurpoe as well.


    I love Gdansk. Unfortunately, it's been been way too long since I last visited.
  17. Aval2ach


    Jul 14, 2005
    Warsaw, Poland
    Hej Małgosiu,

    there's a "bass women" from Italy, also playing Double Bass. Here is her website:


    Try her "jazz" photo gallery, most of her pictures from there are with the DB :)

    She also owns a sweet pink Warwick ;)
  18. PCPlod


    Sep 30, 2005
    There's a twelve year old just joined Bruocsella Symphony Orchestra bass section called Elodie. She plays on a half size bass and has played for five years. She will be doing her first concert with us in Brugge on 10th June.
    What about Chi-Chi Nwanoku from the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment (CD of Vanhal and Dittersdorf)?
  19. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    There's also Brandi Disterheft here in Canada. She's a wonderful player -- leads her own quartet, and plays with Laila Biali's groups (I saw her with Laila's trio and bought their CD immediately at intermission.) Great bass player, and a Humber College graduate.

    Brandi's site: http://www.brandidisterheft.com/
  20. damonsmith


    May 10, 2006
    Quincy, MA
    I'd say Joëlle Léandre again. She is amazing. I have been fortunate enough to to get to work with her and study with her. You can a hear a track from our quartet cd "Cruxes" on my Myspace page.
    She a great person, and strict teacher and a wonderful player.
    there is also a page about her here:
    Another great classical player is Christine Hoch
    Lee Ann Crocker plays in The San Francisco Symphony
    A fantastic Bay Area Bass player I like to play with is:

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