#135 Bashiri Johnson- Percussionist for Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross & More!
This week’s guest is Bashiri Johnson. He is a New York City-based percussionist, whose work has appeared on many records, as well as in commercials, films, television, videogames, and concert performances. He is known to be one of the most recorded percussionists in the music business, as well as one of the most visible. While he has recorded with such artists as Luther Vandross, Miles Davis, and Patti LaBelle, he has also been a part of numerous on-stage performances; he has performed on stage with artists such as Sting, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood, and Mirco Nasuti.
Damon mentions that there are parts of it that remind him of the Serious Moves instructional DVD by Dennis Chambers (along with Gary Grainger , Jim Beard, and John Scofield).
Educational Spotlight for this week…..
CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference announced two keynote speakers in Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Darryl (DMC) McDaniels.
Product Reviews for this week…..
The wearable metronome, Soundbrenner was talked about.
Iconic Recording for this week….
“I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Kahn, performed by Whitney Houston, featuring our special guest this week, Bashiri Johnson on percussion. The great Narada Michael Walden was brought up when talking about album credits. The bar Damon brings up is the Sugar Bar in NYC.
Damon got to hang out with (friend of the show) Aaron Draper (episode #10 and episode #77) who is on tour with John Mayer right now. While in attendance, Damon ran into (friend of the show) Carter McLean (episode #92).
If you’re looking for festivals in your area, head over to Jambase (dot) com (slash) festivals for more listings.
Music News for this week…….
How to Book Bigger and Bigger Shows Over Time. ‘Hitsville’: Dr. Dre, Jamie Foxx Talk Motown’s Legacy in New Doc Trailer coming to Showtime with other great guests involved. Sean mentions Dr. Licks, and his instructional books. The Newport Folk Festival 2019 went on this past weekend in Rhode Island and it was celebrating its 60th year (shout-out to friend of the show, Scott Quintana -episode #109, for performing with Kacey Musgraves). PledgeMusic Pulls Its Site Down as Artists Remain Unpaid. Here’s a sample of some of the artists owed money by Pledgemusic. Prince Once Refused to Collaborate With Nas Because He Didn’t Own His Masters.
The song leading into the interview is “Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross.
Bashiri’s name means “bringer of goodness” in Swahili. It was given to him by the percussionist, producer Mtume who played with Miles Davis. He also had his own band that had the popular song “Juicy Fruit”, which was later sampled by the Notorious B.I.G. in the song “Juicy”.
One of the first recordings Bashiri ever did was on the Stephanie Mills track, “What Cha Gonna Do With my Lovin’”
One of the programs that helped out Bashiri in his youth was Jazzmobile.
The “bussing program” that Bashiri references is in regard to desegregation.
Bashiri participated in the Grand Opening of The Shed (NYC).
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One of the important moves that Bashiri made to further his career, was to embrace the new electronics that were coming out.
Bashiri mentions his Sample Libraries. Here are a couple…..
as well as this one too!
He’s also in the final scene in Sex in the City 2 with Liza Minnelli.
Bashiri talks about his process if he gets called to record on someone’s project.
The song leading out of the interview is “I Miss You Good” by Bashiri Johnson.