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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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 But Gene Simmons, the band’s co-founder, bassist and co-lead singer, isn’t bothered. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "Gene Simmons on KISS and Capitalism," 23 Feb. 2019 Celebrated bassists and vocalists have hailed from across the Atlantic Ocean, fresh off the summer festival circuit in Europe. Alison Kuznitz,, "The Monday Night Jazz Series' Avant-Garde Sounds Return To Bushnell Park," 2 July 2018 As had been expected in the run up to the unveiling of the 36-date road trip, former bassist D'arcy Wretzky is the only founding member who won't be part of the show. Eder Campuzano,, "Smashing Pumpkins will hit the Moda Center during their reunion tour, sans D'arcy," 15 Feb. 2018 John Doe, bassist and a founding member of the band X, witnessed the rise of fascist attitudes in the hardcore scene first hand, and saw it as a bastardization of what attracted him to punk in the first place. Robert Pursell, Los Angeles Magazine, "How L.A. Punks of the ’80s and ’90s Kept Neo-Nazis Out of Their Scene," 31 Jan. 2018 Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Tico Torres, Hugh McDonald and Richie Sambora, who exited the band in 2013, and original bassist Alec John Such, who departed in 1994, will receive recognition by the Rock Hall. Chris Jordan, USA TODAY, "Bon Jovi: New tour dates, new songs as band heads into Rock Hall," 11 Jan. 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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