Double Bassist

John J. Williamson

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About John J. Williamson

Electric and double bassist, London. Varied live/studio work, especially jazz. Quality remote teaching and recording setup.
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John is highly experienced in booking and providing small jazz groups for functions, events, restaurants/bars, etc. Get in touch! Testimonials: “…a great pleasure to play with… a creative musician who plays with great time feel and beautiful tone” – Sam Leak “…reliable, consummate, and versatile… fluent and innovative jazz vocabulary” – Kevin C. McDonald, Drummer, U.S. Navy Band Commodores “…his voice is singular on his instrument” – Brad Linde, co-founder/director, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra “…a crack rhythm section… rollicking swing” – Washington DC City Paper Bio: John’s musicality, sight-reading and distinctive sound have led to a diverse musical portfolio centred around jazz, encompassing funk, big bands, pit orchestras, pop, bluegrass and avant-garde. Beyond his live work, John is patient, articulate teacher and accomplished studio musician, with a high-quality home setup for remote sessions. Recent highlights include Wilma Archer's new release 'A Western Circular' (Domino Records), a Trevor Mires/Nathaniel Cross project (with Sam Leak, Tom Hancock, Pat Levett, Hugh Wilkinson and Rod Youngs), the Morgan Brothers Big Band, a number of musicals, and jazz engagements alongside musicians such as Hannes Riepler, Gene Calderazzo, Tom Green, Nat Steele, Liam Dunachie, Matt Anderson, Riley Stone-Lonergan, and many more. First an electric-bass specialist, he now embraces the double bass as well, earning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music starting in 2020. In Washington DC John became the house bassist for the prestigious Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra led by Joe Herrera and Brad Linde, enjoying rep concerts under Miho Hazama and Nathan Parker Smith. He recorded twice for Linde’s avant-garde/Americana project Team Players with Billy Wolfe, Aaron Quinn and Deric Dickens, and played alongside David McDonald (Airmen of Note), Kevin McDonald (US Navy Commodores), Marty Nau, Anthony Pirog, among others. In Leeds, he was bassist and MD for the Leeds University Union Big Band, including performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival and on ITV, and performed regularly with stalwarts of the Northern England scene such as Steve Hanley, Martin Longhawn and Ben Lowman. In addition to his regular schedule, John is often asked to assemble bands for functions or parties in London and further afield. John arranges for large and small ensembles, has worked at Sibelius, and plays the accordion. He is an endorsing artist for Nordstrand Audio‘s electric basses, and uses Aguilar and Genzler amps and cabs.

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Jazz, Blues, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Swing, Gypsy jazz, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1930s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1920s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Avant garde, Experimental, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Covers, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Soul, Motown, R&B, Rock
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Event types:
Recording session, Concert, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Theatre / Show, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Producer, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

John is experienced in diverse genres, able to create bass lines from scratch, sight-read or follow guide lines. Some examples of repertoire he has played include...
A multitude of jazz tunes, e.g.:
I'll Be Seeing You
After You've Gone
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Just Friends
It's You Or No-One
Take The A Train
Moon River
Moonlight Serenade
Originals, e.g.:
Wilma Archer's 'A Western Circular' on Domino Records
AJ Brown
Avant-garde and experimental:
Two albums with Brad Linde's 'Team Players'
Motown/Soul/Disco, e.g.:
Blame It On The Boogie
Sir Duke
Let's Stay Together
I Feel Good
Funk, e.g.:
Soul With A Capital 'S'
Pick Up The Pieces
Theatre and shows, e.g.:
Our House
Little Shop Of Horrors
Jesus Christ Superstar
Me And My Girl
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Just let me know -- with advance notice and clear communications, there shouldn't be a problem.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

iPod playlist.

How much time do you need to set up?

Around 45 minutes.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Happy to discuss individual requirements

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, high-quality professional bass amplification is provided. For very large venues or depending on the context PA support may be required.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?



Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£80
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£290
Up to 3 hours£430
Remote Teaching (1 hr)
High-quality remote teaching of electric bass, jazz, theory, etc.
Remote recording
Guide price, negotiable depending on circumstances. High-quality home recording setup available for electric bass, double bass, and accordion.
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From Encore customers:

Nathalie K
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

John was a great addition to our boutique wedding - he was quick to communicate, professional and added a wonderful repertoire to our wedding drinks with the accordion that gave a sense of holiday to the occasion. Really lovely guy - highly recommend! thank you!

From other customers:

Sam P
3 years ago

“…a great pleasure to play with… a creative musician who plays with great time feel and beautiful tone”

Kevin C
3 years ago

“…reliable, consummate, and versatile… fluent and innovative jazz vocabulary”

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