Great LA Bass Players. Any Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by eoinwalsh, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. eoinwalsh


    Jun 10, 2011
    Hi everyone

    I’m planning a trip to LA soon and I want to take some bass lessons while I am there. I have already been in touch with a few people but getting players to be available for lessons can be very difficult.

    I’ve already tried all the LA bass players I can think and so I’m hoping some of you on this forum might be able to suggest some other bass players that I hadn’t thought of. The ones I have already contacted are

    Hadrien Feraud
    Tim Lefebvre
    Chris Chaney
    Sean Hurley
    Andrew Gouché
    Janek Gwizdala
    Joe Cleveland
    Robert Lewis
    Daniel Aged

    From that list you can get an idea of the type of players I like. Can any of you think of any other suggestions? Any help would be much appreciated.

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  2. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    I think Bryan Beller lives in the Valencia area...
  3. SeoulFul


    Apr 1, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Check out Ben Shepherd. Should be right up your alley.
  4. eoinwalsh


    Jun 10, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. Anyone else have any more suggestions?
  5. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Anyone know if Abe Laboriel is still in LA?
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  6. jsbarber


    Jun 7, 2005
    San Diego
    Jimmy Haslip, Nathan East
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  7. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Contact local 47, they might be able to tell you who offers lessons as part of their schedule. How long will you be there? Many instructors prefer a method over time over a one-shot ‘clinic’ approach. Attaining enlightenment doesn’t happen in an afternoon. Check also with Musician’s Institute.
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  8. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Dan Lutz
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  9. Brian Bromberg
    Rufus Philpot
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  10. Pirate Captain

    Pirate Captain Elitist Jazz Snob ********

    Dec 22, 2016
    Upstate, NY USA
    Pretty sure Tony Franklin lives in LA (or near it anyway, judging by his twitter feed).
  11. FingerDub

    FingerDub Inactive

    Jan 8, 2016
    Stuff Hamm is around here somewhere.
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  12. inanimate_carb


    Aug 11, 2016
    It's tough because a lot of players at this level are on the road more often than not, and some simply don't teach at all, because they're just too busy or aren't interested. Getting in touch with them is also a "who you know" game which can be a little daunting.

    If I was in LA and didn't really know anybody, I'd check out a few nights at the Baked Potato Jazz club. A lot of heavyweights play there. It's a small venue so you can easily approach some of the musicians to ask if they ever teach. In the next few weeks, Travis Carlton will be there, along with Jimmy Earl (Jimmy Kimmel Band), Jimmy Haslip, and Dave Marotta. I've been playing forever yet would be more than happy to get together with one of those guys.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2018
  13. Pirate Captain

    Pirate Captain Elitist Jazz Snob ********

    Dec 22, 2016
    Upstate, NY USA
    dude I LOVE Stuff Hamm!!!

    cider-baked-stuffed-ham.jpg ;P
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  14. FingerDub

    FingerDub Inactive

    Jan 8, 2016
    LOL! That has to be one of the most fitting auto corrects I've had.
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  15. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

  16. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    I took lessons from Denny Croy who works out of McCabe's Guitar Shop on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica near the 405. He's terrific.
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