Actively involved in the jazz scene as a bassist, bandleader, composer, teacher, clinician and author, John Goldsby has been solo bassist with the Grammy Award-winning Westdeutscher Rundfunk Big Band (the Cologne Radio – or WDR – Big Band) since 1994. Before that, he was a regular in the vibrant jazz scene in New York City, where he lived and worked.
Goldsby's recordings as a bandleader include The Innkeeper's Gun, with Jacob Duncan and Jason Tiemann; Space for the Bass; and The Visit, with Bill Dobbins. The John Goldsby, Peter Erskine and Bill Dobbins trio are featured on the recording Cologne.
His recent concert work includes performances and recordings with John Scofield, Nicholas Payton, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Take 6, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling and Tom Harrell.
Goldsby is the author of The Jazz Bass Book, Jazz Bowing Techniques for the Improvising Bassist and Bass Notes. He writes regularly for Bass Player.