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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Musicians, Writers, Fans are Welcome to Contribute Essays, Anecdotes, Photos, and Recollections of Your Favorite Bassists


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Latest posts

Latest posts

Charles Nagtzaam (Bassist / Educator)

The Know Your Bass Player Interview by Tony Senatore   Recently, one of my Facebook friends, who happens to be a fine bassist, posted that although he started his days with great optimism, after checking out his Facebook feed, he realized that either he was a substandard musician, had made bad decisions, or had any […]

Anthony Jackson: Purity of Principle by Tony Senatore

  The  concept of purity of principle is central to many of the world’s most influential ideologies. To individuals concerned with philosophical and aesthetic issues, preserving the purity of the doctrine is of utmost importance. Marxism is one example of such an ideology. Whenever historical facts challenge the dogma, proponents deny these elements are part […]

Michael Henderson (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder)

  As an electric bassist, the late Michael Henderson played a major role in the evolution of jazz and modern music. As a pop singer, Henderson topped the charts numerous times with his unique blend of rhythm & blues, soul, and funk.   Anchoring an opening act for Stevie Wonder at the Regal Theater in […]

John Abbey

Know Your Bass Player Q & A with Joe Gagliardo & John Abbey   How/when/why did you start playing bass guitar?   I kind of started playing by “accident” when I was 13 or 14. Two of my older brothers play bass. One summer, my friends and I would hang out at my house listening […]

B.B Dickerson (War)

  Said the late, truly great Morris “B.B.” Dickerson to Rolling Stone magazine circa 1974 “some people call it ‘ass music’…others call it street boogie…rhythm…our rhythm is different.”   As the rhythmic and harmonic anchor of War, a collective which forged a seamless fusion of funk, rock, soul, jazz, Latin, blues, and permutations thereof – […]