NAMM 25 Year Milestone Award
Aboriginal, Acoustic, Adult Contemporary, Alt. Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Indie, Jazz, New Country, Pop, R&B, Roots, Soul, World Music
Marie-Josée is a self-taught French Métis multi-instrumental musician from St-Boniface, Manitoba. Specializing in double bass and electric fretless bass, she reflects her French Canadian and Metis heritage in her playing. Marie-Josee has created a fiercely independent musical history that includes numerous TV performances, freelance studio recordings (over 50), performing at festivals across the world (Europe, Australia, North America, Indonesia, New Zealand; playing to sometimes more than 50,000 people).
Her tours with Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper, The Wyrd Sisters, Tribe of One, Pete Murray, Eliana Cuevos Band, Oh My Darling, Corinne West and Doug Cox (to name a few!) have taken her, and her unique style of bass playing, all over the globe.
Her tours have led her to play with many international musicians all around the world, which has made her phenomenally versatile and well versed in many genres of music.
Grammy Nominated, American jazz bassist and record producer, Brian Bromberg performs on both electric and acoustic instruments. Though he tends to gravitate towards the genre of smooth jazz, Bromberg has released some straight-ahead jazz records in which he performs with a trio, and has even ventured into more rock-oriented jazz fusion territory as of late. His innovative and technically demanding style of playing extends to both electric and upright bass. On his acoustic bass albums, Bromberg performs jazzy interpretations of various pop and rock staples from the 1960s and '70s completely solo. Regarding his work with electric bass, Bromberg, among other bassists, helped popularize the piccolo bass, or bass with each string tuned an octave up, by releasing several albums in which he plays both the bass line and melody. For instance, upon first listen many will be surprised to learn that, although soaring guitar can be heard throughout the album, Bromberg's 2005 release Metal contains only Bromberg on two overdubbed basses, one of which is heavily effects-laden to make it sound like an electric guitar.