Contrabass Conversations double bass life

511: Edwin Livingston

Aug. 9, 2018

I’ve been a fan of Edwin Livingston’s bass playing ever since hearing him play with Natalie Cole several years ago.  Edwin is one of the most in-demand bassists working today, having worked Elvin Jones, Ellis, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis, The Headhunters, and dozens of other familiar names.

Edwin and I cover a lot of territory, including:

  • growing up in Dallas
  • early influences in his musical development
  • how singing and saxophone eventually led him to the bass
  • his journey to Austin, New Orleans, and Los Angeles and what he learned along the way
  • what it’s like traveling the world playing bass
  • daily routines

 

…and much more!  Edwin is a great guy and one heck of a bass player, and I know you’ll get a lot out of this conversation.

 

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