bass·​ist | \ ˈbā-sist How to pronounce bassist (audio) \

Definition of bassist

: a person who plays an acoustic or electric bass

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Sandman was best known as the lead singer and bassist for the Boston-area rock trio Morphine, who rose to mid-level, college-radio fame in the mid-'90s. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The DMCA bell did not toll for a beloved musician—thus, I could grieve him," 6 July 2019 The group consists of Laura Hall, a singer/songwriter, who plays guitar, accordion, and ukulele; her husband Rick Hall, a singer, bassist, and harmonica player; and singer/songwriter/guitarist Kelly Macleod. Myrna Petlicki,, "Sweet Potatoes to dish up country/folk fare in Metropolis show," 25 June 2019 The Slants’ bassist and founder, Tam was also their captain. Nathan Rizzo | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "‘Slanted’ tells the story of Portland Asian American band’s fight to keep its name," 9 June 2019 Chittester will be front and center, with a drummer, bassist and cellist onstage too. Anne Nickoloff,, "Singer-songwriter Diana Chittester premieres new song 'Freedom'," 24 Apr. 2018 Members of Alabama Shakes include guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell and drummer Steve Johnson. Matt Wake |,, "Alabama Shakes on hold as Brittany Howard goes solo," 25 June 2019 The band, which also features San Diego bassist and guitarist Tim Butler, performed a full concert June 1 at an indoor concert venue housed with the Bethel Woods complex. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woodstock return for Sha Na Na comes 50 years after fabled rock festival," 7 June 2019 So four became five Franz Ferdinands, with Dino Bardot, a bassist in many previous Scottish outfits, including 1990s and V-Twin, completing the gang. Eve Barlow, GQ, "Franz Ferdinand Nearly Called It Quits—and Came Back Brasher and Gutsier Than Ever," 7 Feb. 2018 For the past few years, that voice has been ably supported by Ms. Aimée’s working band, featuring two guitarists (à la the Gypsy jazz tradition of her native France), a bassist and a drummer. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Paul McCartney’s Smooth Tunes, and 13 More New Songs," 22 June 2018

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1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bassist was in 1863

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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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