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Live From Barns of Rose Hill: 16 Donovan Stokes and Kevin Johnson
May 16, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tune into our Facebook page for this show.
What’s better than a single double bass? Double double basses! Donovan Stokes and Kevin John have both graced the Barns of Rose Hill stage before, but never together. Tune in to the Barns of Rose Hill Facebook page on May 16th at 7:00 PM to catch the live streaming concert featuring these two masters of the low end.
Donovan Stokes enjoys a varied career of performing, composing, writing and teaching and has given classes and performed as soloist throughout the U.S., in Mexico, Norway, Italy, England, France and the Czech Republic. His solo recording Gadaha garnered two JPF Music Award rankings for Best Album and Best Instrumental Song. Described as a musician who “paints primary colors and subtle shades to considerable effect” (The Double Bassist), Stokes is also noted for his “eye-popping display of technical wizardry and showmanship” (Madison Jazz).
A Full Professor at Shenandoah University-Conservatory, he teaches jazz and classical bass and acts as String Chair. He offers a range of online instruction and has created an Upright Slap Bass Instructional Video available exclusively online. As a composer he has enjoyed commissions from the Berry College Orchestra, Barry Green, Blanka Bednarz, The International Society of Bassists Young Bass Division, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and Jerry Fuller, among others. He is also an expert in the life and work of bassist Rodion Azarkhin.
As a chamber musician he has had the honor of collaborating with musicians Julian Schwartz, Clyde Thomas Shaw, Fry Street Quartet, Agua Va!, members of the Audubon Quartet, Stuart Malina, Blanka Bednarz, Eriko Sato, John O’Connor , David Oui and Seymour Lipkin, among others. Stokes also performs Jazz, Americana, Rock and Gypsy Jazz regularly and is one half of the jazz bass duo “Two Bass Hit.”
Dr. Stokes earned degrees from Vanderbilt University (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M. and D.M.), where his major instructors were Lawrence Hurst, and Edgar Meyer. He studied fiddle styles with Crystal Ploughman and Mark O’Connor, string pedagogy with Lawrence Hurst, Helga Winold, Inez Wyrick and Mimi Zweig, and composition with Michael Alec Rose, Michael Kurek and Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn.
Stokes is also a Board Member for the International Society of Bassists, and Artistic Director of the Bass Coalition and their Annual Bass Workshop where he heads a highly selective a one-week Intensive Program for advanced bassists. Visit him on the web at www.donovanstokes.com or find him on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Periscope.
Kevin Johnson is a not only one of the most in demand bassists of our area, but he is also the managing editor for NoTreble.com, the world’s largest online magazine for bassists. Though his performances revolve around jazz and bluegrass, Kevin is classically trained and appreciates all genres of music, from R&B to metal and everything in between. He is a true bass enthusiast and activist. In addition to writing for No Treble, he is Jazz Division Head for the Bass Coalition, which seeks to foster community and education through promoting local bass events including workshops, performances, and other educational events. He regularly performs with the Caleb Nei Jazz Trio, The Plate Scrapers, singer-songwriter Kipyn Martin and the Bass Duo 2 Bass Hit.