John Goldsby About the Educator

John Goldsby has played bass with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) Big Band in Cologne, Germany since 1994. Originally from Louisville, he was a protagonist on the New York scene from 1980 through 1994. His recordings as leader include The Innkeeper's Gun, The Visit, Space for the Bass, Live at the Nachbar [all Bass Lion], Cologne [a cooperative trio with Bill Dobbins and Peter Erskine on Fuzzy Music], Viewpoint [Nagel Heyer], and Tale of the Fingers [Concord], in addition to countless recordings as a sideman. His latest book is The Jazz Bass Book (Backbeat Books), the complete history of jazz bassists and their techniques. John writes regularly for Bass Player Magazine. For more info, visit his webpage at