Jon Button From The Who On This Month’s Groove – The No Treble Podcast

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Jon Button from The Who is this month’s conversation on Groove – The No Treble Podcast.

You can listen the new episode right here: Groove – The No Treble Podcast – Episode #111 – Jon Button.

Who is Jon Button?

This Alaskan native – with a biography as rich as his bass lines – Jon Button has plucked, slapped, and strummed his way through the music industry, leaving a mark on genres spanning from pop and jazz to rock. His journey from the icy landscapes of Fairbanks to iconic stages with The Who, reads like a bass clef narrative of dedication, skill, and the relentless pursuit of musical excellence. Jon’s story began at the tender age of four, with a piano as his first companion, setting the stage for a lifelong romance with the four strings. It wasn’t long before the bass guitar caught his fancy (he was only 7 years old), propelling him into a world of jazz, blues, and beyond. By fourteen, Jon was already a familiar face in local bands, showcasing a talent that transcended his years. His high school accolades, including making the All National Orchestra and Jazz Band, were merely the prologue to his storied career. The Berklee College of Music’s summer program was an experience that honed his innate abilities and led him to the University of North Texas – a crucible for his burgeoning talent – where he played in their Grammy-nominated top jazz band. But the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles beckoned, offering Jon a playground for his musical ambitions. In the City of Angels, Jon’s bass became his passport, navigating through gigs that spanned commercial scores, movie soundtracks, and tours with music royalty such as Sheryl Crow, Shakira, and, ultimately, The Who. During our conversation, Jon delves deep into his musical philosophy, reminiscing about the early days, the exhilaration of playing with music icons like Sheryl Crow and Roger Daltrey’s solo band, and the lessons learned along the way. He emphasizes the importance of versatility, reliability, and the art of networking — a trinity that has served as the bedrock of his career. Jon’s narrative is punctuated by his current tenure with The Who, a chapter that he describes with a palpable reverence (it’s not easy to follow in the groovesteps of John Entwistle and Pino Palladino). His playing on the Emmy-winning score for Batman Beyond further highlights his adaptability and the broad spectrum of his musical prowess. Enjoy the conversation…

What is Groove – The No Treble Podcast?

This is an ambitious effort. This will be a fascinating conversation. Our goal at Groove is to build the largest oral history of bass players. Why Groove? Most of the content about the bass revolves around gear, playing techniques, and more technical chatter. For us, bassists are creative artists with stories to tell. They are a force to be reckon with. These are the stories and conversation that we will capture. To create this oral history of why these artists chose the bass, what their creative lives are like, and where inspiration can be found.

Listen in: Groove – The No Treble Podcast – Episode #111 – Jon Button.

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