I'm a bassist with jazz, legit and pop experience. I want to help singer/songwriters by recording solid bass parts for their songs, and film/commercial producers with real bass on their tracks.
I have worked in orchestras, jazz groups and musical theater for over thirty years. I've got solid experience and education (wow, I'm a "Master of Music" from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music) to lay down a solid bass part for your single. I especially want to help singer/songwriters, film composers and anyone with other creative ideas. Open to working in most styles. Pizzicato (plucked) and arco (bowed).
I'm the founder of the Chicago Bass Ensemble - a unique chamber group consisting of four double basses.
I look forward to working with you!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
41 Reviews - 6 Repeat ClientsEndorse Jacque Harper
Jacque is a real gentleman. Very patient, very receptive to my idea.
Perfect Double bass. Highly recommended to anyone who needs Double Bass
Another great bass track from Jacque, always easy to communicate with and highly recommend!
Great collaboration. Wonderful performance and a clean, high quality recording. Jacque recorded a double bass ensemble (from multiple layers), which sounded very natural. Excellent communication.
Wonderful bass player, thanks for your patience going back and forth with me!
Did some great upright bass jazz parts for me. Good communication, very knowledgable, and very nice recording quality.
Another great job, always easy to work with!
Another great bass track from Jacque, always great to work with!
Another great job by Jacque!!
Another fantastic job, will look forward to working with Jacque again!
Working with Jacque has been a great experience. He took everything I needed into consideration and delivered more than expected. His communication was clear & direct and his talent is exceptional! I look forward to working with Jacque again soon.
Great bass track, easy to work with and quick turnaround. Would definitely work with again!
I know going in that Jacque will deliver tracks that work and sound great. Super communication and I always learn something. Looking forward to the next go around!
Great double bass track, highly recommend!
Jacque is a very skilled musician with a beautiful instrument sound, great intonation, accurate and in my case, the job was delivered really quickly. I highly recommend Jacque for your Upright Bass recordings!
Jacque did a fantastic job! He was willing without even asking to play a couple different versions of the song. Talented player and consulate professional! Highly recommend!
Very talented and fun to work with!!
My thought process goes something like this..."Hmm, I´m going to need an upright bass track for this piece.... better get a hold of Jacque." This is really all you need to know.
Thanks again, Jacque, beautiful job!
Very great collaboration once again. 10/10.
Jacque takes you and your project serious and his bass play serious as well. He comes up with very comprehensive ideas (if you like to) and that`s a great starting point. Under these conditions, it was clear that the result was great! 10/10
One of the most talented bassist ever I’ve worked with! Easy to communicate with and also has a great understanding of the songs we work with. I can't wait to work with you again ma' man!! Thank you so much for taking the time to make it AWESOME!!!
Interview with Jacque Harper
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Recording multiple takes of a bass track for a symphonic production. Originally I thought my live part was going to be a sweetener for a track of sampled basses, but the composer/producer decided that my tracks sounded so good he did away with the sampled track. It was a good effort: six 'final' tracks, repositioning microphones for each take in order to get a slightly different sound for each. I went through about half of my microphone collection in order to get tonal variety, and it was worth doing.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Can you do this? A: Yes!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital - more compact. I don't have any argument with people who have sonic preferences for one or the other.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am a supportive player and I understand what the artist I'm working with wants me to add to their performance.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: The next step in the evolution of the Chicago Bass Ensemble, my performing group
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll support you!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a chord or lead sheet? Were your existing tracks recorded to a click (what tempo)? What format do you want the finished file in?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a clear idea of what you think will support your song best. Discuss your idea with me and be open to suggestions I have. But don't be afraid to simply state what you'd like. As a bassist, it's my job to support your vision.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My upright bass, my bow, my electric bass . . . I guess I would have to bring along an amplifier, too . . . is there a power outlet on the island?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing bass in high school, which is longer ago than I care to admit. I studied legit playing in college, but all the while nurturing a love of jazz. I've also done a lot of musical theater, which teaches the importance of support, rather than of trying to be the featured player at all times. I do have a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I played for three years in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and have been freelancing in various styles for 20 years in Chicago.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Non-flashy musicality, and love of supporting other players to sound their best.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Bring the client's rough files into Reaper and listen through, setting markers at important points (e.g. bridge, chorus, verse, break). Review the client's chord chart, or create my own map if needed, and make reminders to myself of what phrases to use at what points. Focus on chord roots and rhythms from the client's file. Plug in and hit record - then listen back to see what works and what doesn't. Record again, replaying the best stuff from the first pass. Listen critically, for distortion, bad rhythm, intonation fixes. Fix what needs fixing. Export to a high-quality file in whatever format is needed.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Kind of a micro-home studio, fine for adding bass parts to other tracks. The d:vote microphone allows me to close mike the bass to eliminate background noise, but other mics are available to get different sounds. I record into Reaper on a Macintosh computer, using a Focusrite preamp and converter. For more elaborate live recording I have access to some other spaces where I can set up live open microphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bassists Tony Levin, Edgar Meyer, John Lester.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Bass part for singles - working from a provided lead/chord sheet.