It’s not a chord until we play a note!


It’s not a chord until we play a note!


which is a series of brief missives and

video interviews which are aimed

to entertain and (perhaps) enlighten the masses.

Tailored for social media and digital platforms,

KYBP is a quick, informative read

highlighting the players’ most important works!


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Latest posts

Latest posts

Vivien Garry (Vivien Garry Trio / Quartet)

By Thomas Semioli A woman’s place is in the groove!   She was a bass player who helped erase the gender line in America’s preeminent artform at the height of its popularity. ‘Twas a time in the 20th Century wherein female presence on the jazz bandstand was usually reserved for chirpers and hoofers. Enter Vivien […]

Kevin Scott (Bruce Hampton, Wayne Krantz)

Courtesy of Kevin Scott Music Com   There are bass players who realize their dreams….and there are the cats who anchor the legends.   Enter Kevin Scott – who has achieved both goals and more in his remarkable career.   Kevin’s musical journey commenced while he was in his teens, as a bassist in his […]

Jesse Phillips (St. Paul & The Broken Bones)

Courtesy of St. Paul & The Broken Bones Com It’s all about the pocket!   Born into a musical family in British Columbia, Canada, Jesse Phillips studied music at Loyola University in New Orleans. His original goal was to be a music teacher, however fate intervened…   Collaborating with singer Paul Janey, Jesse co-founded an […]

KYBP On Film Season Tres: Dave Swift’s Doghouse Dogma

“It’s not for the faint of heart!” From Terminal Studios in beautiful downtown Bermondsey, London, Later …with Jools Holland bassist, revered sideman, studio ace, bass collector, educator, clinician, journalist, and low end philosopher Dave Swift discusses the ups and downs of the upright! Tom Semioli: Interviewer / Writer. Mark Preston: Producer / Director. Derek Hanlon, […]

Donnie Nossov (John Waite, Pat Benatar, Genya Ravan, Tom Verlaine, Cher, Lita Ford)

  Missing You.” “We Belong” “Kiss Me Deadly.” “Always.” Urban Desire.   ‘Twas a time when rock music spoke to a generation or two or three. Of all the players who anchored the 1980s MTV / rock radio golden era, among the most prolific was a modest cat from Queens County New York City. You’ve […]