Tucson Bass Jam

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Tucson Bass Jam

January 26, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Tucson Bass Jam

University of Arizona 

Fred Fox School of Music 

1017 N. Olive Road

Sunday, January 26th, 2020 

12:30 – 6 PM



The Tucson Bass Jam is an ASTA and University of Arizona sponsored clinic for beginning, intermediate, and advanced double bass students, music educators, and community bass players of any age from Southern Arizona. Participants will participate in workshops, rehearse as a bass orchestra, and give an informal performance at the end of the day.

If you are an orchestra teacher or adult learner, we will have a special class designed to help you develop your double bass technique. Please bring an instrument and bow.  

Faculty Director: Dr. Philip Alejo, University of Arizona  (palejo@email.arizona.edu) 

Guest Artists: 


Registration and Fees

The registration fee per student for the Tucson Bass Jam is $20. Students will need to bring their own instruments, bows, and endpin stopper. Parents, teachers, or other chaperones may accompany their students to Tucson Bass Jam free of charge. We request that any student 13 or under be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or adult chaperone during the event. Limited fee waivers are available for students with need.

Registration:  Participants should visit and register on the AZ-ASTA website.  Registration on the day of the event will be possible, but not recommended. https://astaaz.org/event/tucson-bass-jam/

Experience Level Assignments

Using the descriptions below, consult with your teacher to determine your performance level. Participants will be divided into four levels. 

Level 1:  Advanced Bassists able to perform in upper positions and read tenor clef.

Level 2:  Bassists comfortable with all positions to first-octave harmonic.

Level 3:  Bassists comfortable with the notes in first, second, and third positions.

Level 4:  Bassists with an understanding of first and half position notes.


Time Activity
12:00 PM Arrival and registration in FFSOM
12:30 PM Introduction, bass orchestra rehearsal
1:30 PM


  Technique classes


2:30 PM   College Masterclass with Guest Artist, YB breakout
3:30 PM YB Masterclass with Guest Artist
4:30-4:45  Bass orchestra run-through
4:45-5:00 Break
5:00 PM Final Performance 


Guest Artist Biography


Professor Emerita Diana Gannett recently retired from the University of Michigan. Many of her students have gone on to win competitions and positions in important festivals, orchestras, and universities. Gannett taught at Oberlin College Conservatory early in her career, as well as at the Yale School of Music, Hartt School of Music, and the University of Iowa, where as President of the International Society of Bassists, she hosted the 1999 ISB Convention.


A native Iowan, she did her undergraduate training with Eldon Obrecht at the University of Iowa. She also studied with Stuart Sankey at Aspen Music Festival and virtuoso Gary Karr at Yale. While at Yale, she earned both a masters and doctorate in musical arts, the first Yale doctorate awarded in double bass. She co-taught with Karr for many years.


Both as a soloist and chamber musician, her performances have included many contemporary premieres and solo improvisations, as well as traditional repertoire. In recent years, she has performed in Mexico, Scotland, Israel, Poland, and Brazil, as well at regional and local events. Lady Bass was her first CD followed by Duetti DolceOld Wine in New BottlesCome Away, and most recently, Artemis in the Oak Grove, a compilation of music written for and dedicated to her.


Her love of instrument making has also made her a fan of many fine modern builders. She owns a Carleen Hutchins, Mario LaMarre, Reck/Gannett, as well as an old Landolfi and Pietro Pallota.

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January 26, 2020
12:30 pm - 6:00 pm


University of Arizona
1017 N Olive Rd, Tucson
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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