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Work can really be…work, sometimes.

The more I examine who I am, the more that I see that I’m a bit of an introvert (which, if you take it into the context of some of my social media activities over time, doesn’t make a heap of sense – maybe more like a slightly narcissistic introvert?)

Either way, as far as my bass playing life has gone, I’ve been fortunate enough for the phone to ring and not for me to go out and have to put my name out. Decreasingly, though, in each of the cities I’ve lived in, the phone doesn’t ring as much. Some of that has been a conscious decision – with the day job, I’d settled for making music at work, which is totally valid, and an honourable way to do things. I’m blessed with a job that pays me to make notes. I also know that the marketplace is crowded, and don’t want to be another hungry mouth to feed at an increasingly small meal. Plus, too, I’ve been trying to be the best dad I can over the last 14-or-so years, so sticking close and not doing “discretionary” gigs was more of a thing as well.

That said, if people don’t know who I am, I need to go introduce myself, rub some shoulders, press a little flesh, and insert a noise here.

Re-met Tom Vickery on Wednesday night, the leader of the jazz jam at Hermann’s here in Victoria. Tom and I had met a couple of times previously on other subjects (mostly through work and the union), but this was the first time that I’d had a chance to play, and that he’d had a chance to hear me. Same goes for Sean Drabbitt, the house bassist, and Kelby MacNayr, the house drummer, who happens to be one of my favourite players that I’ve heard lately.

Heard some great players, got a chance to get up and play, discovered what the flavour of jazz is around these parts, and had a great time. Looking forward to doing it again down the line!

First Solo Electric Bass Gig

Twitter is a many-splendoured thing. I first read about it in Bass Player Magazine, where there was a printed exchange (interview) between Bryan Beller (of Aristocrats/Dethklok fame) and Steve Lawson (of UK supreme solo bass awesomeness). Bryan was interviewing Steve about the power of Twitter and how social media can land you all kinds of great work.

I signed up for a Twitter account (@braydenwise in case you’re not already following me) while on tour with The Central Band of the Canadian Forces. I will readily admit that I haven’t even scratched the surface yet of what Twitter can do for me, but I will tell you this — it has exposed me to a variety of great bassists, all of whom are doing really awesome things both in band and solo settings.  It was the solo folks and the people doing house concerts that really caught my attention, however.

Flash forward to the present, and here I am, getting ready to do my own solo bass gig. This one is for work, and is a low-pressure, not-in-the-spotlight, background-type gig, it’s great chance for me to put together some rep and play with some toys that I haven’t really had a good chance to put to use yet (like my Boss RC-20XL looper and some of the groovier effects on my Line 6 Bass Pod Pro XT Live). Here’s what’s on my set list so far:

  • Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Violoncello (Bach)
    • Prelude
    • Allemande
    • Courante
    • Sarabande
    • Menuet 1 and 2
    • Gigue
  • Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
  • Irish Tune from County Derry (Traditional)
  • Just The Two of Us (Grover Washington Jr.)
  • Solo – Vintage Precision Bass (Michael League)
  • Orpheus at Sunrise (B. Wise)

As far as axes go, I’m planning on using my own gear. I do love my work basses, but sometimes you just need to bring out the stuff that you really love.  I’ll be playing mostly my Warwick Thumb Bolt-on 5 for this gig, and bringing along my ’73 P-Bass.

I hope to record at least some of what transpires on the job, so stay tuned for some samples coming down the line.

Fall Lesson Schedule

I have a few spaces left in my teaching roster for the fall session, starting in September.

Visit my lessons page or give me a call at 780-850-3080 to book your time today!

The Royal Canadian Artillery Band at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on 08/02/13

The Royal Canadian Artillery Band at The Winspear Centre in Edmonton AB on 12/14/12

Jazz Task Force – The Royal Canadian Artillery Band at The Bassment in Saskatoon SK on 10/20/12

The Royal Canadian Artillery Band is hitting the road, sending the Jazz Task Force on a mission to bring their unique sound to the Saskatoon Jazz Society. Show information is available at the Jazz Society’s website.

The Royal Canadian Artillery Band at Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, AB on 09/02/12

The Email Charter

The Email Charter:

Heard about this one this morning from @jianghomeshi on Q. An interesting concept with some good ideas, though I disagree with some of the arguments presented by the author, such as the dispensing with niceties (nice begets nice, I say), and it doesn’t take into account some people’s abilities to write (or lack thereof), which presents its own level of frustration when you can’t decode the meaning behind the message to begin with.

Regardless, it’s worth a read, and there are parts that I think should be adopted widely (see #3, 8 and 10).

The view from the happy place

The view from the happy place