A Bass Player's Survival Guide for Jams

Designed for novice and intermediate bassists who want to become more adept and confident in jam sessions. If you’re a singer, learn how to call and lead your own songs from the bass. Get better at reading guitar player’s chord shapes. Improve your ability to hear chord changes. Learn when NOT to play. Get familiar with different musical styles likely to get played at jam sessions.

This class is open to upright, guitar-style, and ukulele-style bassists. Feel free to contact the instructor at chuck.ervin@att.net

Chuck Ervin

Bassist Chuck Ervin performs swing music with the Sylvia Herold Ensemble, folk music with Euphonia, classic country with the Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band, jazz and pop with guitarist Chris Grampp, and is an in-demand bassist in the Bay Area’s vibrant jazz and acoustic-music scenes.

He has worked with many other Bay Area musicians, including Bobby Black, Joe Craven, Ed Johnson, Jinx Jones, Keith Little, Tony Marcus, Jim Nunally, Jeff Sanford, Julian Smedley, and Radim Zenkl. He has also performed as an actor and musician in numerous stage productions, including “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” at the Freight & Salvage.

He studied jazz bass with Glenn Richman, bassist for famed vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and teaches bass at the Freight & Salvage, at music camps, and at his Oakland studio.

$130 Early Bird before February 27th / $140 Regular


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