bass·​ist | \ˈbā-sist \

Definition of bassist 

: a person who plays an acoustic or electric bass

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Things kick off on Tuesday, when the bassist Ben Wolfe pays tribute to Jimmy Blanton, who expanded the role of the bass in large-ensemble jazz during his time with Duke Ellington. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Jackson would become the resident bassist at Treasure Isle, which dominated Jamaica’s rocksteady period (1966-early 1968). Patricia Meschino, Billboard, "As Reggae Celebrates 50 Years, Some of the Genre's Pioneers Look Back on Its Worldwide Ascent," 1 July 2018 And Smashing Pumpkins, one of the biggest headliners that summer, broke up the band in 2000, only to partially get back together in 2007 sans guitarist James Iha and bassist D'arcy Wretzky. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 1998 featured scrunchies, tie-dye and Widespread Panic," 28 June 2018 Gone for this album are Vandals drummer Josh Freese and former Marilyn Manson bassist Jeordie White. Trevor Fraser,, "A Perfect Circle aims for Orlando," 24 Apr. 2018 The foursome’s eponymous 2016 debut album on Crump’s Papillon Sounds label is grounded by the bassist’s deeply resonant, calmly measured, woody lines that consistently carve out deep grooves. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Bassist Stephan Crump ushers a muscular grace into the music of his limber quartet Rhombal," 12 Apr. 2018 About 40 singers, 15 drummers and 50 guitarists and bassists were gathered at the riverside plaza. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "'Amazing Race' films in Detroit; teams rappel down Guardian Building," 3 July 2018 King is just 54, and bassist/singer Tom Araya is 57. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "One more storm of blood from Slayer, on the metals band’s final tour," 13 June 2018 His festival debut includes two nights of solo playing and two in a trio with bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Why this festival in Charleston belongs on your must-do-this-spring list | Charlotte Observer," 22 Jan. 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bassist

music : a person who plays a double bass or a bass guitar

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