the longer version
I play the upright bass, and timbre and tone are important to me. To that end, depending on the situation, I also play tuba, trombone, trumpet, french horn, euphoniums, cello, violin, guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, viola da gamba, cornetto, and various folk percussion instruments.
I love history and historical performance. I made a special effort to study medieval and renaissance music on the viola da gamba. I've spend a lot of time with various periods of historical american folk music, on strings and brass, folk music from the middle east and eastern europe; as well as american shape note music, which originated in boston in the 1700s. I'm now moving through performing ragtime, blues, and traditional jazz, and I'm in the middle of digging more into bebop, straight ahead, and free improvisation.
I've played (and learned!) music in over half of the states in the United States, as well as Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Finland, Estoina, the Canary Islands, and China.
A Word About Bands
I am a freelance bassist. Sometimes I lead projects, though, and here are some of them:
The Ben Fox-Trot Orchestra - a small big-band style, early swing, dance band (upright bass)
The Ben Fox Blues Edition - bluesy and soulful jazz for dancing (upright bass)
Ben Fox Chordless Quartet - has existed in a few permutations
Rogue Baroque - medieval and baroque music (viola da gamba)
Terza - a community based choir that sings music from Corsica and Georgia (voice)
ZFE - jazz standards
Trepidations - is an ambient/noise project
As of 2021, I play Saturday and Monday nights in the house band at Fritzels, and every other Saturday at Commanders Palace for brunch.
While the list of people I play with on a "sub"stitute basis is necessarily changing, these are some of them:
The Jazz Vipers
The Dukes of Dixieland
Shotgun Jazz Band
Smoking Time Jazz Club
Dr. Sick and the Late Greats
Richard "Piano" Scott
Marty Peters and the Party Meters
Egg Yolk Jubilee
The Dapper Dandies
River City Hit Squad
8 Dice Cloth
Catie Rogers' Gentilly Stompers
Steve Yokum's Catahoula Music Company
Hot Toddy and his Fully Dressed Po' Boys
Carl Keith's Tangiers Combo
Anaïs St. John