Barney B

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A professional musician for over 30 years, I now have transitioned to more writing and arranging for various clients and perform only when the gig is something I really want to do or it pays ridiculously well, hehe! I play an old Fender jazz bass, and my area of expertise is Cuban Folkloric and Cuban contemporary music. I am also studying jazz as in really practicing the melodies and chord chains. I am a good sight reader so I used to get a lot of gigs as a sub to sight read the book that night! I loved the challenges these situations presented. I am planning on playing more piano because as an arranger I am feeling trapped in the sequencer and want to be able to access my ideas more immediately for a faster interface with clients. I am also a fair conga player in the Cuban style and have spent years playing the folkloric repertoire as well as some of the bata toques. My goal now is to be the best player I can be and to be able to make music in whatever situation I find myself in, be it the large Salsa ensemble or a gig where the piano player is late and I have to accompany the singer by myself for a set!

Years playing bass
33 years

1964 Fender Jazz body with some sort of rogue neck that is really like a Jazz neck. I have used a Walter Woods 100 Watt RMS single channel amp thru a Peavy 4 10" cab, but lately I have been plugging into a JBL Eon powered speaker and that has been working out great, easier logistically and the bass sounds really good enough that no external EQ is really necessary.


John Paul Jones got me going, Stanley Clark, Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane), Wilton Felder (Original Blood, Sweat and Tears), Jaco transformed me, not like a lot of guys who tried to sound like him, but I decided that everyone was copying Jaco and even tho I had learned a great deal of his material from his debut album I went and started playing very simply. Only later in life did the actual transformation take place. Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Ray Brown, Eddie Gomez, Gary Peacock, with whom I studied with at the Cornish Institute in Seattle, Joe Zawinul and Weather Report from Miroslav up thru Jaco, James Jamerson, Sal Cuevas, Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera, Israel Lopez (Cachao), Miles Davis, Victor Wooten, Jimi Hendrix, Abe Laboriel, Anthony Jackson, Paul Jackson to name a few more...Jack Bruce, Frank Zappa, Rocco, Bootsy Collins, Alphonso Johnson, Verdine White.....

Favorite Recordings
• Let's see.... Most all Weather Report, from Miroslav thru Jaco and beyond.."Birds of Fire" - Mahavishnu Orchestra
• John Coltrane "A Love Supreme" and "Favorite Things"
• "Thrust" by Herbie Hancock featuring Paul Jackson on bass! Check out the cut "Palm Grease". "Roxy and Elsewhere" - Frank Zappa

Current Gig(s)

Arranging charts for 2 Charanga Orchestras and 1 more contemporary Cuban Dance Orchestra. Arranging for a large non denominational church that is mostly rhythm section plus a small horn section, but occasionally using Chamber Orchestra and also large choir with traditional Gospel unit. Performing with my wife at casual and corporate gigs. 1st call sub for a number of Salsa bands that I have played with a lot in the past. Serving in Music Ministry at various churches.

Day Job

I am a contractor through Robert Half International, Inc. working as a Logistics Coordinator for Nokia Seimens Networks.

Seattle area, Washington

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