O.B. James 1 p.m., March 7
The Bass Clef Experiment
Sound description: Spinal Tap's "All-Bass" sound ("Big Bottom"), taken and played seriously by jazzmasters.
RIYL: Jaco Pastorius, Chris Squire, Les Claypool, Hot Tuna
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Current Status: Playing around town.
Influences: Gov't Mule, Spock's Beard, Savoy Brown, Jaco Pastorius, Early ELO, Traffic, Queen, Erik Norlander & Lana Lane, Steve White, Hot Tuna, Jack Casady, Chris Squire, Hugh McDowell, Allen Woody, Don Schiff
The Bass Clef Experiment is a creative collaboration between bassist Greg Gohde and cellist Mike Alvarez. Playing a wide variety of music, as well as their own original compositions, they bring a unique sound to concert stages throughout San Diego.
A bowmaker by trade, Greg is an accomplished player of many stringed instruments, including the guitar and bass as well as the entire family of orchestral strings. He has worked with with Dennis Cahill, Tom Gunty, Jack Straw, the Kent Brothers Band, and the San Diego Mandolin Orchestra, among others. He has also shared the stage with San Diego's Philharmonic. Greg is a master of the fretted and fretless bass guitars, and employs a myriad of techniques to get the most out of his instruments. His years of musical experience include teaching as well as performing. Greg runs Classic Bows Violin Shop with his wife Lois Bach where they sell and repair stringed instruments. Their shop also features an extensive selection of music-themed gift items.
Mike Alvarez is an avid progressive rock fan who started his musical life learning the piano. After trying the violin, he discovered that he liked the cello better, even though it towered over him at the time. A self-taught guitarist, bassis,t and percussionist, he returned to his true musical love and has since been a highly sought after accompanist onstage and in the studio. Some of his proudest musical moments were spent onstage with Erik Norlander, Lana Lane, Mark McCrite, Don Schiff, Vinny Appice, and Nima & Merge. Other notable partnerships have been with Bridget Brigitte, Scot Taber, Rustik Ballyd, and Michele Shipp. He occasionally records and performs solo as the One Dude Orchestra.
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