Gary Wicks

Bassist - Upright & Electric

3 Reviews (1 Verified)
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Bass for all your musical needs. I've worked with many artists in many genres. I take direction well and have the experience to offer helpful insight when needed. I have high end basses (old and new) and am known equally for my tone and feel. I have excellent reading skills and am prompt with communication and meeting deadlines.

Gary is an in-demand bassist, educator and clinician in Los Angeles whose versatility has enabled him to perform with world class artists in many different venues around the world. Gary holds a BM in Double Bass Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and an MM in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California.
Gary has performed and recorded at many prestigious recording studios, music festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs around the world for such artists as Quincy Jones, Matthew Morrison, The Manhattan Transfer, John Lloyd Young, The New York Voices, John Hendricks, Kevin Mahogany, Monica Mancini, The HawtThorns, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Regis Philbin, Kathy Lee Gifford, Andre Watts, Jake Armerding, Liam Bailey, Peter Prince, Billy Martin, Fitz & The Tantrums, Stefon Harris, The Percy Faith Orchestra, Western Standard Time Ska Big Band, The Albany Symphony Orchestra, The Berkshire Symphony, various productions of musical theater and many more.
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Bass Reel info: Basses featured: upright, fretless elec, vintage Fender P-Bass, 5-string elec, arco classical bass
Artists featured in reel: Manhattan Transfer, Billy Martin, Andre Comeau, Liam Bailey, Jack Sollecito, Johnny Trama, Peter Prince, Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet

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AllMusic verified credits for Gary Wicks
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • Kabir
  • Jake Armerding
  • Dan Rockett
  • Dan Rockett
  • Addison Groove Project
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet
  • Charmaine Clamor
  • Gary Wicks
  • Andrew Boyle
  • JJ Kirkpatrick
  • Misha Adair Bigos
  • Gary Wicks
  • Andrew Boyle
  • JJ Kirkpatrick
  • Misha Adair Bigos
  • Gary Wicks
  • Andrew Boyle
  • JJ Kirkpatrick
  • Misha Adair Bigos

3 Reviews

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  1. Review by Brad B.

    Gary was easy to work with, made sure he was delivering what I wanted and turned it around quickly. Great work!

  2. Review by Ben C.
    by Ben C.

    Gary is a consummate professional, and a super nice guy as well. Top notch musicianship and sound quality, and easy to deal with.

  3. Review by LA Hollywood Sax!

    Gary is one of the best bassists I’ve ever worked with! He recorded a 6 minute big band jazz tune from his home studio and his tracks sound as good or better than the major studios. Always sporting a big smile, I’ll always think of Gary for bass work. 7 stars, no, 10 stars!!!

Interview with Gary Wicks

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: Logic Pro X; UA Apollo Interface; Remic Studio upright bass mic; Nordstrand Audio Starlifter Preamp/DI; Radial Engineering Bassbone Preamp/DI; various boutique pedals

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: My dad was a bassist and started me when I was young. Music and bass playing has been a constant ever since. I went to the New England Conservatory for classical bass studies while moonlighting in funk, jazz and rock groups. I've lived in a few cities (Boston, LA, London) where I quickly acclimated to the local music scenes. While touring internationally with the Grammy Award winning jazz vocal quartet, The Manhattan Transfer, I earned a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from USC. Now I call LA home and have been fortunate enough to perform and record with many top notch musicians and artists.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: I'm a versatile player and have spent many years gaining experience, knowledge and gear to support that. I'm a bit of a chameleon. If a client asks for something like Ray Brown; James Jamerson; Tony Levin; Marcus Miller...I feel comfortable in being able to deliver on that request.

  7. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  8. A: Daniel Lanois...Why? Because....Daniel Lanois!

  9. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  10. A: I get called on for a lot of jazz and groove music, but feel very comfortable working with singer-songwriters and other more mainstream acts.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: I am a strong reader. Sending well written charts makes the session efficient and enables me to get right to creating musical moments.

  13. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  14. A: Great bass tone and feel. And if a client is looking for more input, I have the experience to draw upon to offer added insight.

  15. Q: What's your typical work process?

  16. A: When a client sends along a track to work on, I start off by listening a few times to get a feel for the music and get into the "zone". If there is no chart provided I will draw up a quick chart for guidance. I am very visual in my process so it helps me to get an over arcing view of the music and help shape my contribution. After that it depends on what the music is and what bass is preferred. I usually send a reference MP3 after a first pass to make sure I am on the right path and to check for any further input or guidance before going any further. Once I know what to do for the part I can usually execute fairly quickly.

  17. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  18. A: Sure! Iajhi Hampden is a fantastic drummer. Jeremy Lappitt is a great saxophonist. Matt Hornbeck is a killer guitarist. Put us all together and you've got a killer band!!

  19. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  20. A: That I play only upright bass and that I play only jazz. I've really worked hard at being as versatile as possible. I really am at home in many genres.

  21. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  22. A: It's hard to narrow it down...A few highlights: I had a jazz quartet called Sophisticated Lady. We released two albums. Everyone brought originals or arrangements to the project. I have a fair amount of my original compositions featured on the albums. You can hear one sample here on Soundbetter! Also, I toured and recorded with a great artist in the northeast named Peter Prince. On his Album, All This Time, there is a ballad called "Love Is Good". I recorded electric bass as well as a few tracks of arco (bowed) upright bass to create a "string section". That was very artistically satisfying.

  23. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  24. A: I have a few projects ongoing. I have some clients that I am recording some pop and jazz tracks for. I am also working on some of my own music-when I can carve out some time for it!!

  25. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  26. A: You will be happy when we are done.

  27. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  28. A: Creativity.

  29. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  30. A: What bass do you want? Upright? Electric? Musical there an artist or song that would be a good reference for what they are looking for?

  31. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  32. A: Be communicative. The more direction and clarity you can provide, the better job I can do delivering what you need!

  33. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  34. A: My main upright bass; my '69 Fender P-Bass; my guitar; a small amp and my Nordstrand Starlifter Preamp/DI.

  35. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  36. A: Play bass! More often than not I am asked for the upright bass.

Bass Reel - Gary Wicks

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Terms Of Service

5 day turnaround-depending on the supporting materials. Involved arrangements w/out any chart will take longer and incur an extra charge-will do all I can w/in reason. I want you to be happy!

GenresSounds Like
  • Ray Brown
  • James Jamerson
  • Tony Levin
Gear Highlights
  • 1800's Upright Bass/Vint.elec's (Fender P's&J/Epiphone hollowbody)/Custom 5-String/Fretless/Nordstrand Starlifter Preamp/DI; Remic Upright Bass Mic
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