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Mature Ex-Pro Bass Player


Band to Join, Drums, Saxophone, Piano.


Very experienced ex-pro bass player seeking . . .

Jazz - or - Country

I’m 61 and a retired Teacher / Head of Faculty.

I’ve been playing bass since I was 14. I was professional at 15 and again at 35. I’ve had a record contract and appeared on albums on vinyl (yes I’m that old!).

I’ve done TV, been played on national radio (e,g. John Peel - told you I was old!) have played hundreds of gigs from tiny pubs to town halls and big festivals and have toured in Europe.

I’m looking for something simple . . . either: -

a Country or Bluegrass band to join

Or ...

to start and market a Jazz Trio / Quartet and play in hotel lounge bars etc.

I have marketing skills - I was a successful but unhappy filthy capitalist before I sold my business and down shifted into teaching when I was 35. I mention this because I have natural entrepreneurial abilities which I’ve applied to music since I retired at 58. - But don’t get the wrong idea - I’m a socialist.

If you look at my two videos - I started, launched, and managed both of those projects to successful gigging. I produced the recordings, edited the videos, built the websites, created the images, found the agents, got the gigs, orchestrated the music, lead the bands etc., etc.

I’m happy to help a band with such stuff if asked but I’d rather just sit at the back, shut up, and play the bass.

That said I’d be interested in starting and marketing a Jazz Trio or quartet and gig every few weeks in hotel lounge bars.

But I’d also love to join a ready made country or bluegrass or even tex-blues band and just play the bass and do as I’m told.

I’d also happily join any jazz or swing band just to play the bass

I still manage and play bass with “Below the Border” - which runs itself now and we limit ourselves to 1 gig per month

Because I’m retired I want to be out playing much more.


AGE ~ ~ ~ BAND ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ DETAILS
15 - 18 - Spellbound - semi pro rock band well known on the Birmingham circuit in the late 70s

19 - 21 - The Shoop Shoop Zoochie Boogie Band - semi pro jazz funk band in Canterbury while at University.

22 - 28 - Easy Money - amateur Blues Band London

32 - 35 - The Lizards - Professional touring Cajun Band signed to Festival Records

39 - 55 - Lead the Bullfrog Blues Band - amateur blues band in London

57 - 60 - Set up and ran Tangerine Scene - nationwide 70s semi pro Function band

60 - current - Set up Below the Border - London 70s Rock Band

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

No I don’t play an upright and no I don’t want to play trad’. (What do you get if you combine a trad jazz leader and a flowering herb? Kenny Ball and his Jasmin. . . . Great but not my cup

Screen name:
Mature Ex-Pro Bass Player
Member since:
Dec 27 2017
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week


Country and Bluegrass - 1940s through 1980s

Prog Rock & Pop - 1960s & 1970s

Jazz - 1950s to current - standards, be-bop, modern, bluenote, big-band, etc.

Instrument experience:

Bass Guitar:


Fender Elite USA Jazz Bass
Fender USA 1957 Precision Bass
Fender Mex 1957 reissue Bass (favourite!)
Gibson Les Paul Guitar
Fender Deluxe Stratocaster
Gibson Songwriter Acoustic
Fender and Mark Bass Amplification
Sure SM58 mike

Ludwig Drums
Marshall, Orange & Mark-Bass amplification
Peavey 600w PA with foldback & SM58s