About Joe

London based bass player Joe Hubbard’s professional background is represented by a collective body of experience that spans over more than three decades as an internationally acclaimed bass guitarist, educator, author and contemporary jazz fusion recording artist.

Aside from playing with some of the top jazz musicians on the planet including Flip Nunez, Richie Cole, Jim Mullen, Dick Morrissey, Dave O’Higgins, Frank Gambale, Patches Stewart, Gary Husband, Mose Allison, George Benson, Ian Carr’s Nucleus, Dave Garabaldi (Tower of Power) Walt Fowler and Dave Weckl- Joe is also a well-known recording artist where he has written, arranged and co-produced three internationally acclaimed jazz fusion CDs.

Joe is one of the foremost bass educators in the world, having taught some of the most prestigious bass players around including Pino Palladino, Paul Turner (Jamiroquai), Mike Mondesir (Billy Cobham), Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson) and Dave Swift (Jools Holland).  Aside from writing a University Accredited Bass Curriculum for a major music school in the UK, Joe has taught at many leading music schools including, The Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, The Academy of Contemporary Music, Bass Tech, The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Richmond Community College and Brunell University; as well as having taught master-classes in The United States, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Wales and England.   Joe continues to spread his passion for knowledge as a bestselling author who has penned five bass guitar books, including: Walking Bass Lines, The Sight Reading Compendium for Electric Bass, Functional Harmonic Concepts and How to Practice with Maximum Efficiency. 

Joe currently resides in London (UK) where he is the architect and founder of the popular ‘University Level’ instructional online bass school: www.joehubbardbassvideos.com and is currently composing and working on a new jazz fusion CD featuring Dennis Chambers, Alex Skolnick, George Whitty, Tom Brechtlein, Bob Mintzer, Patches Stewart and Peter-John Vettese, which is due out for release in 2017.  He is also a featured monthly video columnist for the No Treble online bass magazine, along with being featured regularly in Bass Guitar Magazine writing a bi-monthly column entitled Applied Improvisation.

As a seasoned veteran with thousands of gigs under his belt, Joe’s mission is to further spread the tentacles of his music – as a bass guitarist, composer, educator, author and jazz recording artist – integrating this legacy with new elements and expressing it creatively into the future!

Joe is currently endorsing Fodera Bass Guitars, Aguilar Amps, Bass Collection J-Bass & The Bass Mute.

 Here is a sample of the many testimonials Joe has received:

“Joe Hubbard is one of the shining examples of what a great electric bass teacher is all about.” –Jeff Berlin

Joe Hubbard is a bass virtuoso who either inspires you to practice harder…or toss your bass off a bridge. His contribution to music education alone is epic.” –Dann Glenn/Guitarist-Composer

“The Electric Bass virtuoso!”  –The Guardian

“Joe Hubbard writes and plays his ass off” –Bass Player Magazine

“Joe Hubbard’s wide knowledge of harmony, composition and improvisational skills plays a vital role in music education in London.” — Jim Mullen

“A fantastic bass player” –Pino Palladino

“One of the jazz scene’s finest bass players” –What’s On in London

“It is the combination of Joe Hubbard’s practical experience as a bass player and teacher that makes his teaching method so highly effective.” –Steve Lewinson (Simply Red)

“Hubbard- the phenomenally adept bassist” –Time Out

“Joe Hubbard provides a quality of teaching that can be trusted implicitly by someone who cares passionately about his instrument and his music.” –Bob Armstrong (Master Class Drum Studios)

As a Bass Guitarist:

Joe Hubbard has recorded, toured and played live performances (NO miming) with:

Hubbard’s Cubbard, Morrissey Mullen, Bill Sharpe (Shakatak), Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings), John Tesh, The Dave O’Higgins Quartet, Gary Numan, Nigel Wright (Producer: West Life, X-Factor), Walt Fowler (Steve Gadd Band), Richard Niles (Producer: Grace Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie, Ray Charles), Tik & Tok, Ian Carr’s Nucleus, Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Kim Moller aka Multiman, Guy Barker, George Benson, Jeff Seopardie (Sad Café, Chris Rea), Richie Cole (Alto Madness), Everything But the Girl, Mose Allison, Colin Blunstone,  Elkie Brooks, Russ Freeman (The Rippingtons), Chris Hunter (Gil Evans Orchestra, Michael Franks), Jeff Richman, Claire Hamill, Macky Feary (Kalapana), Niels Lan Doky (Danish Jazz pianist), Bill Nelson (Bebop Deluxe),Patches Stewart (Marcus Miller), Flip Nunez (Wes Montgomery, Azteca), Mike Giles (King Crimson),Roger Chapman, Ben E. King, Alan Murphy (Level 42), Sax Appeal, Dave Garabaldi (Tower of Power), Kitayah, Jim Mullen, Petula Clark, Dave Weckl (Chick Corea), The Three Degrees, Frank Gambale (Chick Corea), Peter-John Vettesse (Producer: Mel C, The Bee Gees), Mark Craney (Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck)), Richard Cottle (Kate Bush), Stock Aitken & Waterman, Michael Paulo (Al Jarreau, Kenny Loggins), Chris Standring and Neal Wilkinson (James Morrison).

Musical Theatre Shows:

  • Chess
  • Metropolis
  • City of Angels

TV Jingles:

  • Too many to remember

As a Teacher/Clinician:

Former private students include:

  • Pino Palladino (Herbie Hancock, The Who, Paul Simon, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Paul Young)
  • Paul Turner (Annie Lennox, Jamiroquai)
  • Mike Mondesir (Jeff Beck, JohnMcLauglin, Billy Cobham)
  • Steve Kershaw (Jamie Cullum)
  • Dave Swift (Jools Holland)
  • Steve Lewinson (Simply Red)
  • Scott Firth (The Spice Girls)
  • Ivan Bodley (Jennifer Hudson)
  • Steve Walters (George Michael)
  • Stuart Clayton (Carl Palmer)
  • Wayne Banks (Robin Gibb, Messiah’s Kiss)
  • Andy Kremer (Narada Michael Walden)
  • Patricia Morrison (Sisters of Mercy)
  • Paul Jackson (T’Pau)
  • Pete Clarke (One Nation, Kim Wild)
  • Nick Beggs (Steve Wilson, Kajagoogoo, Cliff Richard)
  • Mickey Feat (Tina Turner, Dave Gilmore)
  • Dave Levey (Allison Moyet)
  • Stefan Redtenbacher (Stevie Winwood, Joss Stone)

Teaching Gigs & Clinics include:

  • Musicians Institute, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  • Warwick Bass Camp (2016), Germany
  • ICMP, London, UK
  • University of South Wales, Cardiff, UK
  • The Bass Centre, London, UK
  • Bass Tech, London, UK
  • Academy of Contemporary Music , Guilford, UK
  • Clinician for Peavey, Eden Electronics, Trace Elliot, Fender & Status
  • Bass Weekend 1 & 2, London, UK
  • The Bass Centre, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  • Utrechs Conservatorium, The Netherlands
  • London Guitar Show (various)
  • Frankfurt Musicmesse
  • Brunel University, West London
  • Richmond Adult Community College, London

As a Published Author:

Jazz Recording Artist/Composer-Arranger:

  • Hubbard’s Cubbard (Beggars Banquet)
  • Nip It In The Bud (Beggars Banquet)
  • Vanishing Point (Music Maker Records)

Selected Recordings as a Sideman/Bass Guitarist

  • Let’s Do It: Nohelani Cypriano and Mackey Feary
  • The Pretty Redhead: Ian Carr’s Nucleus
  • It’s About Time: Morrisey/Mullen
  • Thumb’s Up: Jim Mullen
  • 24 Hours From Tulsa: Claire Hamill
  • Warriors: Gary Numan
  • Intorlerance: Tik & Tok
  • Famous People: Bill Sharpe
  • This Is the House: The Three Degrees
  • Hometown Girls: Denny Laine
  • Raven Alibies: Kitayah
  • Walking the Cat: Roger Chapman
  • Hide Go Seek: Roger Chapman
  • Mellow Mayhem: The Dave O’Higgins Quartet
  • Out of Bounds: Spud Smith

 

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