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Is the Bay Area an Overlooked hotbed of Bassists?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Oct 11, 2005.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I was just thinking that in the seventies, both Rocco Prestia and Larry Graham developed in the Bay area. Later came Bobby Vega. I would guess Raphael Saddiq is the resident Bay area Bassman as we speak. I'm sure I'm missing lots of people. Who are some other great San Francisco/Oakland bassists?
     
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Michael Manring
    Kai Eckhardt
     
  3. jeff schmidt

    jeff schmidt no longer red carded, but my butt is still sore.

    Aug 27, 2004
    Novato, CA
  4. j-raj

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

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Damian Erskine!


    .....BTW, Bobby Vega is a cool as heck cat!
     
  5. skewh

    skewh

    Sep 5, 2005
    Ithaca, NY
    If by "Bay Area" you mean Tampa Bay, and by "bassists" you mean me, than yes. :p

    Phil Lesh is a great bassist in my opinion, who (along with the rest of the Grateful Dead) came from Frisco.
     
  6. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Damn, I was gonna pick those two. Oh well.

    We also have:

    Stuart Hamm
    Benny Rietveld

    and, if you want to count him, Billy Gould of Faith no More.
     
  7. Gio Benedetti from Toast Machine. ;)
     
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I guess Jack Casady should be included.
     
  9. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    Any relation to renowned fusion/jazz drummer Peter Erskine?

    EDIT: Googled him, he's Peter's nephew. Neat!
     
  10. j-raj

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

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    umm... yes, but you already found that out.

    :D
     
  11. Coward Of Reali

    Coward Of Reali

    Oct 13, 2003
    Hey someone mentioned Toast Machine. You guys would freak out over them. There good but Drums'n'Bass arent my thing.
     
  12. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    yes.. too many Bay Area Bassists are unknown.. jazzbo.. Kserg.. me..

    hehe
     
  13. sethlow3

    sethlow3 Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Jon Evans (Tori Amos)
     
  14. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    My friend/drummer/singer's dad (don't know his first name) Wiitala (sp?).

    Matt Freeman (Op-Ivy and Rancid)

    ME!!! muhaha (maybe someday)

    Not sure how many "great" bass players there are from the Bay, but there are a bunch in really really good bands and such.
     
  15. comon cliff burton \m/ the guy grew up in dublin I think. I know my drummer went to the same school as him. sorta off topic but my uncle went to hgih school wiht dana carvy(not sure of the spelling on his last name, but garth from waynes world)
     
  16. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hawaii
    Benny is from Hawaii......I think ;)

    Everytime I'm in Oakland or San Francisco and go out to a club, I see some smokin' bassist :bassist:
     
  17. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Phil and Jack!
     
  18. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Maybe he lives in both places? I was under the impression he lived in the Bay area when I met him a few years ago.