Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With nearly 2 million downloads and counting, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists.
Hi–I’m Jason Heath!
I’m the host of Contrabass Conversations, a podcast devoted to exploring music and ideas associated with the double bass. I’ve been hosting this podcast for almost a decade, and I’ve been running my bass blog even longer.
Both the blog and the podcast have led to great opportunities for me. I’ve been covered in major media outlets many times, and I was asked to become a faulty member at DePaul University and a member of the International Society of Bassists board of directors.
I’ve built a loyal audience of thousands of people worldwide, and I have an active and enthusiastic audience that I get to interact with every day.
I also love telling crazy stories from my life, like:
- The time that my car caught fire and exploded.
- When I found a dead body.
- What it’s really like to be a freelance musician.
I love podcasting and blogging. But I’ve done several other things as well over the years, including:
I love to teach. I taught double bass at DePaul University for many years, plus some music education classes as well. I taught at a few other universities as well, like the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Trinity International University.
But teaching college is only a part of what I’ve done. Several years ago, I joined world of public school music education and became an orchestra director. That move was a blast! I served as the Director of Orchestras for Vernon Hills High School in suburban Chicago, and we made it to the Midwest Clinic, Spain, and even Cuba!
I had a couple of orchestra jobs prior to that as well, at Glenbrook North and South High Schools and Libertyville High School. Did you ever see Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? That was filmed at Glenbrook North!
Bass is what I went to school for, and it continues to be a huge passion of mine. After getting a couple of performance degrees from Northwestern University, I joined the Elgin Symphony for 16 (!) seasons and have performed with the Midsummer’s Music Festival in Door County for over a decade. I was also a member of the Milwaukee Ballet and IRIS Orchestra, and I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to play with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony, and several other professional ensembles.
Interacting in the Community
Professional growth is a huge thing for me. I’ve presented clinics on topics ranging from making EDM to picking a college. I’ve also served in a wide range of organizations, from President of the Illinois chapter of the American String Teachers Association and the Illinois Music Educators Association District 7 Orchestra Division Co-Representative to the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists. I love being involved–it gives me all kinds of new ideas for my teaching, playing, and various projects.
Feel free to drop me a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org!