London based American bass player Joe Hubbard’s professional background is represented by a collective body of experience spanning four decades as an internationally acclaimed bass guitarist, educator, author and contemporary jazz fusion recording artist.
Aside from playing with some of the world's top jazz musicians - 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 renowned recording artist having written, arranged and co-produced three critically lauded jazz fusion CD's.
Joe is one of the foremost bass educators in the world, with former students including such prestigious bass players as Pino Palladino, Paul Turner (Jamiroquai), Mike Mondesir (Billy Cobham), Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson) and Dave Swift (Jools Holland). He has authored a university accredited bass curriculum and 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 Brunel University.
As well as regularly presenting clinics and masterclasses in Europe and the United States, 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 where he is the principal and founder of the online instructional bass school JOE HUBBARD BASS VIDEO LESSONS and is currently composing and working on a new jazz fusion project featuring Dennis Chambers, Alex Skolnick, George Whitty, Tom Brechtlein, Bob Mintzer, Patches Stewart and Peter-John Vettese. 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 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 for West Life, X-Factor), Walt Fowler (Steve Gadd Band), Richard Niles (Producer for 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 (Be-Bop 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)
“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/Massive Attack/Annie Lennox/Herbie Hancock
“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
"Sonic Bop" from Joe's Vanishing Point album
A real “finger twister”, this is one of the intense tracks from "Vanishing Point" featuring Marcus Miller’s trumpet player Patches Stewart and keyboard wiz Peter-John Vettese.
To download a PDF transcription of Sonic Bop go to Joe's Cool Free Bass Stuff page.