I am Detroit bass player Shannon Wade, and through a long career in music I can gather few regrets. However during my entire musical life I have performed on very sub standard instruments, and for the past decade, done so on beginner (or plywood) basses. I dare say the value of my current bass is less than a tire change for a car.
This has established no small amount of limits on the quality of work and artistic achievement I already do and subsequently seek. During a recent conversation with a friend, I described it as racing a 4 cylinder economy car against twin turbo v8 race cars. After being turned away from local orchestra auditions and many jazz gigs carrying my trusty but extremely rusty plywood bass, I am trying to raise money for a more suitable and applicable instrument.
I seek an instrument that can support the skills I have developed from my scholarship years at Meadowmount and Vanderbilt studying with Edgar Meyer to sharing the stage with a long list of amazing and renown musicians. An instrument I cannot currently afford. An instrument that can aptly convey the dynamic, tamboral, and musical diversity that I am well known for. And lastly and instrument which allows for growth as a working musician and most importantly and an artist.
I have written and arranged and album worth of songs of jazz, classical and other sounds best described as 'other'. I am producing this endeavor on completion of this fundraiser to utilize and prove the value of the instrument in question and would offer it to all who donate.
I thank you for checking this out and urge you to donate or share the link with people who you think may be interested.
- Shawn Hamer
- Jennifer (Smith) Bussone
- Charles Andersen
- Johnny Evans
- Suzanne Myal
South Lyon, MI