2018 Artists

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Andy Irvine

Andy Irvine is a musician, author, and educator who has achieved world wide recognition. His devotion to his craft of the bass guitar, and sharing that love with others, has established him as a leading musicianship coach and respected source of encouragement to countless players around the entire globe. Andy has toured throughout 26 countries sharing his musical concepts and spreading his own brand of funky cheer, while presenting musicianship lectures, bass clinics and master classes. Andy has published 1500+ lesson and instrument demonstration videos on his own YouTube page, and hundreds of others in association with various instrument and gear brands with whom he has partnered.

Andy has four album releases of completely original material to his credit, in addition to recording credits contributing bass parts on over 50 other albums. In 2014 he authored the book “Passion and Action: a Musician’s Journey” which has garnered exceptional reviews world wide. He has published three educational DVD’s, two of which were produced by leading music education distributor, True Fire: Bass Mechanics – Crucial Groove (2015), and 30 Beginner Bass Grooves You Must Know (2016). The third, Joyful Musicianship-Mechanics & Mindset (2014) is a self-produced 90-minute multi-topic musicianship lecture.

In May of 2016, Andy launched The Daily Funk Club, a website and social media community. This completely free, donation driven website provides bassists with video lessons, interviews with renowned bassists and builders, and the opportunity to share their own videos and insights within an interactive community section. Plus, they can experience a wide variety of bass, amp and gear demo videos. The Daily Funk Club has grown rapidly in popularity, garnering affiliation with 46 respected bass related brands and an ever growing subscriber base.

Andy is the full time bassist for top Colorado blues/soul act The Johnny O Band, and award winning Bluegrass group Hunker Down. In addition, he performs regularly as a touring sideman with various nationally and internationally known artists. 

All of Andy’s music albums, book and educational products are available in the shop section at www.TheDailyFunkClub.com 


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Kent Beatty

Kent Beatty has been on his way to the forefront of modern bass playing since he picked up the instrument at age 12. Influenced by such legends as Flea, Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, and Stuart Zender, his style has inspired audiences to compare him to his musical heroes. He performs at various bass events and competitions, and has even been introduced on stage by Victor Wooten himself. Kent is best known for his five years touring internationally with Hamilton Loomis, and for his ability to blend solid musicianship with solo performances. He works with several artists and also records with various rock, jazz, funk, and fusion projects yet to be released. No stranger to clinics, Kent has shared his love of music at workshops, schools, and rock camps around the world to all ages and skill levels. He is currently touring with Brother Dege, whose music is featured on Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” film soundtrack, as well as on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel.

“Kent has a great feel! He’s played a lot of gigs, he’s got the feel, he’s got the vibe.”
– Gregg Bissonette, professional drummer
Santana, Joe Satriani, James Taylor, Ringo Starr, Spinal Tap, David Lee Roth, film & tv

“Kent and myself, (TM Stevens), was in a room in Anaheim California during the Namm Show, jamming on our bass guitars, and I noticed that Kent also has that “Thunder Slap” that I treasure with my bass playing. ‘I Groove to Move, and Play to Make, The People Dance, Clap and Shake’. Welcome to the Ultra Funk Club Brother Kent!!!”
T.M. Stevens, professional bassist
James Brown, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Steve Vai, 2Pac, Cyndi Lauper, Pretenders, Shocka Zooloo

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The Hammersmith Jam Hour,

As one of our main sponsors for JT’s Bass Jam Hammersmith Basses will be presenting an hour long Jam of just a few of there artist. Artist that are scheduled to perform are Andy Irvine ~ TJ Armstrong ~ Bryce Soderberg ~ Eli Marcus ~ Remco Hendriks .

We would like to thank Hammersmith Basses for there support of our event.




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Derrick Ogden

Derrick began playing bass with Dr. Doolittle in early 1990. Guitarists Allen Towbin (MAZE NYC Studios), John Reitan, and drummer Michael Parillo (Modern Drummer) helped to formulate his style and approach to bass. From 1992 till the present, he has played as a solo bassist and vocalist across the Northeast and now in the Midwest. In 1993 he released Derrick Ogden: Bass with drummer Michael Parillo. In 2010 Derrick reunited with Allen Towbin, Michael Parillo, and Phil Ristaino to record Agents of Venus: Bodvut. In 2013 Aries Rising was formed with Scot Schwestka (Ibanez Guitars), and Zach Von Stein (LAMA) to create a fusion trio playing in the Midwest. He currently enjoys playing with his fellow Zon Artists, as well as collaborating with some of the very finest solo bassists.

His current setup consists of: Tsunami cables for all connections including power supply. For basses he has a custom Zon 6 string, and a pair of Modulus VJ4s. Amplification consists of a Vivid VB500 amp, and a pair of GK Neo II 2×12 cabinets.  For solo shows he uses a Boomerang III looper, and a Zoom G2.1u guitar processor.

Visit Derrick’s website for music, videos, and pics.

Website: http://derrickonbass.wixsite.com/derrickonbass

Endorsements: Tsunami Cables ~ Vivid Amps ~ Gallien Krueger ~ Zon Guitars ~ DR Strings

Bands:  Agents of Venus: Boduvt  (http://agentsofvenus.blogspot.com) / Aries Rising: Rising / Dr. Doolittle: An evening with the Spin Doctors / Solo artist since 1992.



Ben Jones

Original digs: Detroit Michigan.

At 14 years old, Ben Jones was a young drummer who sat studying Ray Gomez’ guitar work on a Stanley Clarke album with the goal of learning how all the players “fit” together. Instead he became entranced by Stanley’s bass playing. Ben was a bass man from that point forward.

As a Bassist/Musical Director of 35+ years Ben has toured and/or recorded with: The Neville Brothers, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Rick Braun, Frank McComb, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson/Jeff Beck), David Pack (Ambrosia), Darren Rahn, Paul Brown (Grammy), Patrick Lamb, Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Lloyd Jones, Liv Warfield (Price/NPG), Jarrod Lawson, Reggie Houston, Charmaine Neville, Noel Pointer (Grammy), Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker, James Carter, The Oregon Symphony, Eddie Martinez (Robert Palmer)



Cody Wright

Multi-instrumentalist, Cody Wright, is quickly earning a reputation as one of the most innovative, soulful, and jaw-dropping young performers in the country. He plays bass, guitar, and keyboards and was co-composer for the multi-platform video game release of Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove.

Cody’s early training in jazz, fusion, and blues guitar has left him with a keen sense of melody, harmony, and phrasing. His use of the pick and two-handed tapping technique gives him unique tone and facility, but above all, his unabashed love for music shines through in every note he plays.  Cody is a certified instructor at ScottsBassLessons.com.


Cody has performed and/or recorded with:
Victor Wooten (and the Wooten Brothers,) Eric Gales, Jeff Coffin, Michael Manring, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Mike Seal (Jerry Douglas,) Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy,) the Snarky Puppy Horns, members of the James Brown Band, Etienne M’Bappe (John McLaughlin,) Sharay Reed, Tony Grey (Hiromi,) Mono Neon, Jennifer Hartswick, Kebbi Williams, Yolanda Charles (Mick Jagger,) Felix Pastorius, Billy Cardine, Col. Bruce Hampton, Pat Donohue (Prairie Home Companion,) Joanne Shaw-Taylor, Federico Malaman, Gergo Borlai (Gary Willis,) Chesley “Cheese” Allen (Meghan Trainor,) members of the Duhks & Lee Boys, members of the Tedeschi/Trucks Band, and others.

Cody has even jammed with one of his heroes, guitar master Tommy Emmanuel, in 2014.

In 2016, Cody & the Eric Gales Band co-billed with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Dweezil Zappa at Guitare en Scene Festival for Joe Satriani’s Birthday Bash!

He was also featured at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music & Nature in 2015 and 2016 and co-billed as a solo artist with Stu Hamm at JT’s Bass Jam 2016 in Anaheim, CA.

“Amazing and musical!! Love it!!!”
– Victor Wooten

– Béla Fleck

“Absolutely brilliant!”
– Greg Howe

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Ida Nielsen is a Danish bass player (and multi-instrumentalist & composer) who might be mostly known for the honorable task of holding down the low end for the legendary artist PRINCE. She joined his band, The New Power Generation, in 2010 and began touring immediately after. In 2013 the four-piece powerhouse rock band, 3rdeyegirl, was thrown into the mix and added a whole new row of venues and recordings. Ida was a member of his bands until his tragic and untimely passing in April 2016.

She describes playing with Prince as “a huge gift and as the most magical musical journey ever, and an on-going learning experience beyond all imagination.”

Ida also has a very funky project of her own and has just released her third solo album turnitup on which she produced, programmed and (except for the live drums) played all the instruments herself. The sound is best described as a mixture of old school funk & hiphop, including elements of reggae and world music -with ear catching melodies and lots of bass. Her first single, “SHOWMEWHATUGOT” (from turnitup) was hand picked personally by Prince to be “Purple Pick of the Week” on TIDAL when it was released.

Since the release of turnitup Ida has been touring and traveling the world with her band. She promises to deliver a smashing high energy funk show packed with good vibes and tight grooves!! You can’t fake the funk!!