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659: Ben Robertson on jazz bass in Australia

Jan. 13, 2020

It was such a pleasure to chat with renowned Australian jazz bassist Ben Robertson in person during my trip to Australia in late 2019!

Ben is an outstanding musician with a remarkable career path and musical background, and we had a fascinating conversation into all kinds of subjects revolving around bass, learning, developing listening skills, the subtleties of working on improvisation, and much more.

Learn more about Ben on his website, and a huge shout-out to Rob Nairn for connecting us!

 

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