Contrabass Conversations features interviews and performances from top leaders in the world of the double bass. Podcast host Jason Heath dives deep into what makes these world-class artists tick. With 2 million downloads and counting, Contrabass Conversations is the most popular podcast for double bassists. Join the community and experience life on the low end of the spectrum!
With hundreds of interviews spanning over a decade, knowing where to start can be a challenge! You can dig deeper into the archives here to find what resonates with you.
Jason Heath, host
Jason Heath is the host of Contrabass Conversations, a podcast devoted to exploring music and ideas associated with the double bass.
His blog and podcast are highly regarded in the music world and have been featured as top offerings in the world of arts and culture for the past decade. He is the author of Winning the Audition and Road Warrior Without an Expense Account.
Jason serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Bassists and is the Double Bass Product Manager for Eastman Strings. He also serves on the advisory board of Be Part of the Music, and he is internationally active as a clinician and consultant. Jason is past president of the Illinois chapter of the American String Teachers Association and past orchestra representative for District VII of the Illinois Music Educators Association.
A highly decorated veteran teacher, Jason is a past faculty member at DePaul University and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. His former students hold positions in the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Baltimore Symphony, and Philharmonie Sudwestfalen. As a high school orchestra director, Jason’s orchestras had many notable performances, including the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and tours in Peru, Spain, and Cuba.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Jason performs with the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis Tennessee and ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a member of the Elgin Symphony for 16 seasons and has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony, and numerous other professional ensembles.
Trevor Jones, publication and promotion
Based in Chicago, independent artist Trevor Jones works in a variety of musical settings. He performs with regional orchestras throughout the Midwest. He has also recorded for numerous artists and has co-written and recorded three albums: Tin God, Equinox, and Hearts on Fire with his Chicago-based alternative rock group Molehill. Trevor is currently the Instructor of Double Bass at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Trevor is the upright and electric bassist at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL and performs over 300 times a season. Highlights include Jeff®-Award Winning Musical Hero (2012) reprised in 2014 at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL. World Premiere of October Sky in Fall 2015. Other theatre credits include For the Glory with music by Tony Award® nominee Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel) at Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg, PA. Battlecry by Paul Bogaev (Aida, Spiderman).
Trevor grew up in Gettysburg, PA and studied double bass with Duane Botterbusch of the Harrisburg Symphony and continued with Andrew Kohn at West Virginia University where he earned a degree in Music Education. In 2009 he completed his Master’s degree in Music Performance at DePaul University where he studied with Rob Kassinger of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While studying at DePaul, Trevor performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Trevor’s alternative rock project Molehill performs at some of Chicago’s most prominent venues and tours throughout the country. Highlights include appearances at CBS Studio Chicago, Summerfest, SXSW, Canadian Music Week and has been featured in numerous publications including the Chicago Tribune. Trevor was awarded an ASCAP+ Award for his songwriting with Molehill.
Trevor is in demand as an educator in the Chicago area and maintains a studio at Midwest Young Artists, the preeminent youth music program in the Midwest. Trevor’s former students are currently studying at Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory among others.
- Listen to Trevor’s interview on Contrabass Conversations where he discusses life in the pit orchestra and creativity
- Listen to Trevor and Jason Heath discuss auditioning for Music Schools. Recorded live at the Chicago Bass Festival
- Watch or Listen to Trevor perform with Molehill
- Listen to Trevor perform on Kate Quinby’s song “Katrina”
- Visit Trevor’s website
Mitch Moehring, audio editing
Mitch Moehring of Mitch Moehring Strings began repairing instruments in 2006 while studying music education and double bass performance at Northwestern State University. In 2011 he began rehairing bows and repairing instruments for local musicians and students. He began his formal training during the summer of 2013 while attending the Violin Institute at the University of New Hampshire, studying bow rehair and repair with Lynn Hanning.
In 2013, he and his family moved to Katy, where he spent a year learning and honing his techniques in string instrument repair. Mitch studied at the Oberlin Conservatory with the VSA summer workshops in 2014 and 2016, working with top double bass makers from around the world.
Mitch has continued to repair instruments and has broadened out to restoring since moving back to East Texas. His first bass, which he completed this past summer is currently for sale. He has recently begun his second bass.
Mitch Moehring Strings works with student, amateur, and professional musicians and would love the opportunity to work with you.
Michael Cooper and Steven Hinchey, interview editors
Michael and Steve do a tremendous job editing these interviews. Tasteful editing is one of the most complicated parts of the podcast production process, and the service that these two provide is greatly appreciated!
Krista Kopper, cataloging and archiving
With hundreds of hours of content spanning over a decade, organizing and cataloging these conversation is a major task! We’re so grateful to have Krista Kopper keeping all of this previously published content organized. It’s the only way that we’re able to put out highlight episodes on specific topics!
Krista is the host of The Backstage Creative, a podcast focusing on the people who work behind the scenes of theater to create the scenes, music, costumes, props, and everything else that goes into live productions.
Thoughts from Listeners
As a young student (and still consider myself a student), I learned a great deal from Samuel Applebaum’s series, “The Way They Play.” I consider Contrabass Conversations the “Next Generation” of such informative publications and look forward to each Contrabass Conversation podcast, knowing that I will benefit in some way from each of Jason’s guests’ experience and insights. I routinely refer my students and colleagues to CC and consider it an invaluable asset to our community. My congratulations and appreciation for Jason Heath’s dedication and efforts to explore and expand the limitless versatility and potential of our “Noble Instrument.”
The app is awesome and just the hard work and dedication you (Jason) put in to this thing for us makes me want to practice more. Thanks so much for doing this!