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Some talented female bassists?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by brlottermann, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. brlottermann


    May 14, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Hey guys, I'm trying to get a good friend of mine to start playing bass and she says she'll consider it once I show her some great female (jazz) bassists. She says she's always been under the impression that bass is "something manly, like drumming" (we could get into woman drummers as well here, but that's off topic haha).

    So I know of...
    Nicki Parrott, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tal Wilkenfeld, Esperanza Spalding...
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    Tracy Wormworth
  3. Igor Porto

    Igor Porto Commercial User

    Mar 6, 2013
    Master Luthier
    Carol Kaye.

    Also this young girl grooves like crazy.

  4. BassGuyFL

    BassGuyFL Formerly known as RichardCranium Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boynton Bch FL
    Rhonda Smith
  5. verycoolname


    Jan 28, 2013
    Esperanza Spalding, definitely. Grammy winning, extremely talented, pretty...perfect package.

    Also, me...though I am neither famous nor a jazz bassist...yet. :bag:
  6. Tal Wilkenfeld.

    I was gonna say Esperanza, but she's been named already.

  7. Wagz


    May 2, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    +1 for Esperanza Spalding. You should be able to find her Austin City Limits performance on pbs.org
    She murdered that performance, singing, electric bass, double bass... she does it all, and seems like a genuinely cool lady.
  8. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    There really aren't many to choose from. I think a lot of it is lack of interest. The popular local guitar school where I take lessons from time to time has a male to female ratio of probably 20:1. For bass I think it's even higher.

    Violin, cello, and piano are all different stories. Psychologically I think one factor is that young girls tend to select activities (and therefore instruments) to please their parents, whereas young boys tend to select activities to please and/or impress their peers. But that's just a personal observation. :)
  9. klaus486


    Jun 27, 2009
    portland or
    sales geek Portland Music co.
    Kim Clarke from Defunkt
  10. Luv2Pla4U


    Feb 18, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    Debra Killings
  11. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Julie Slick!
  12. wobble man

    wobble man

    Feb 15, 2013
    Gail Ann Dorsey. Not jazz though. Really like her work with Bowie.
  13. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    Debra Killings, FTW!!!:hyper:

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