Check out our very own John Fremgen, Associate Professor of Jazz and String bass, playing with The Kirk Covington Trio at a concert at Monks Jazz.
Cadence Magazine calls John Fremgen “…an adroit craftsman on the strings slapping and popping away on electric or plucking resonant tones on acoustic.” He grew up in the Chicago area where he studied classical bass with Harold Siegel. He received a BM in Commercial Music from Millikin University and a MM in Jazz Studies from The University of Southern California where he studied with Brian Bromberg and Shelly Berg. As bassist for five-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross, Sony recording artist PJ Olsson and jazz legend Butch Miles, he has performed across the USA as well as in Germany, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Switzerland. He is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at UT Austin and has taught, given masterclasses, conducted, and performed at The Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, The Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia in Umbria, Italy, The Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Aarhus, Denmark, The Guatemalan American Institute in Guatemala, The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Guatemala Jazz Festival and The Montreux Jazz Festival. His bass playing can be heard on dozens of jingles, TV shows and movies, including Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, Shorts, Down to You and The Late Show with David Letterman. He has also recorded as a sideman for numerous artists, including PJ Olsson, Eric Johnson, Christopher Cross, Abra Moore, Ruthie Foster, Rick Trevino among many others. He has released three solo recordings on the Viewpoint label, Meanwhile, Pieces of String and If Not Now, featuring Peter Erskine, Shelly Berg and many others. He can be seen performing in Austin with many artists including Kirk Covington, Butch Miles, Kat Edmonson, Jeff Hellmer and Mitch Watkins.
As a leader:
Meanwhile with Peter Erskine and Mitch Watkins (Viewpoint), Pieces Of String with Peter Erskine and Shelly Berg (Viewpoint), If Not Now (Viewpoint)
As a sideman:
Words For Living PJ Olsson (Sony), Beautifully Insane PJ Olsson (Sony), PJ Olsson PJ Olsson (Red Ink), Dust PJ Olsson (HitIt!), Math And Science Math and Science (Brick Red), The Songs of Dawson’s Creek various (Sony), In My Life George Martin (MCA), Peak Moments Jeff Hellmer/Rick Margitza (Viewpoint), Jazz, Bars and Battlescars Tony Campise (Viewpoint), Faithful Sara Hickman, Goodnight Venus Libby Kirkpatrick (Heart Music), Tucker Livingston Tucker Livingston (AMP), Live at the Paramount Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Music), Collage Eric Johnson (Vortexan Music), Kirk Covington and the Devil Horns Kirk Covington (R.M.I Records), Freedonia Freedonia (Christopher Cross Music), Firefly Freedonia (Christopher Cross Music), Step Inside Love: A Jazzy Tribute to the Beatles, Various Artists (ESC Medien)
Professor John Fremgen, University of Texas at Austin's Associate Professor of Jazz String Bass, plays with the Kirk Covington Trio in a concert at Monks Jaz...