Wow!

Wow! It’s been a banner year for @werenogentlemen, despite some of the challenges we and the rest of the music community are facing. Much thanks to everyone listening to us on @spotify.

Over the years, I’ve owned and played several different makes and models of basses.

Over the years, I’ve owned and played several different makes and models of basses. I’m not really a collector by any means, and I typically sell or trade any of my gear that I don’t use on a regular basis. The @ernieballmusicman Stingray 5 HH is my go-to bass for it’s versatility, and I love the way it sits in the mix. I also own a few other basses as well for specific needs. They all qualify as my ‘dream gear’ for different reasons.

What’s on your list of ‘dream gear’?

Truth.

Truth…especially for 5-string basses. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve been distracted while tuning and stretched a string a half-step sharp before I realized I was cranking the wrong peg. Oops!

Today is International Jazz Day as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011 “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.

Today is International Jazz Day as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011 “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.” To celebrate, here’s a clip of my bass cover of the crossover Latin jazz song “Mi Tierra” (My Homeland) by Gloria Estefan. This song was first released in the United States and took Gloria to the Hot Latin Tracks top position. The song was also a hit on other markets (like the dance market), where it became Gloria’s first Spanish single to ever reach the Top 5 of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.This song was also Gloria’s first No. 1 in Spain, which led the album to become the most successful album released in the country for its sales of more than a million. The song was one of the first Spanish-language songs to reach the Top 40 on some English language countries like the United Kingdom, a record-breaking honor which would set the tone for the success of future Latin-American and Hispanic artists. You can watch the full-length video on my YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/CmD1kvyW2dk

Three of my basses have a one-of-a-kind custom pickguard made by Alper from @alperiouspickguard.

Three of my basses have a one-of-a-kind custom pickguard made by Alper from @alperiouspickguard. I couldn’t be happier with how they have turned out. These pickguards help to transform each bass into a unique work of art. Alper is currently crafting a pickguard for my brand new @fender Precision 5-string bass. I look forward to posting the unboxing when it arrives. I can’t wait to show it off!

A band that sweats together stays together!

A band that sweats together stays together! Here’s a quick photo after a @werenogentlemen team workout session. In several of my bands, we make it a point to get together on a regular basis outside of the usual meetings, rehearsals, and gigs, etc.. I genuinely love my band-fams, and I cherish the time we get to spend together just hanging out every bit as much as the time we’re together on stage.