John Dunn

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There are several bassists named John Dunn who have recorded; this one has largely been busy on the Detroit music scene, switching to the bottom end following 15 years of study as a classical violinist.…
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There are several bassists named John Dunn who have recorded; this one has largely been busy on the Detroit music scene, switching to the bottom end following 15 years of study as a classical violinist. Perhaps violin mastery transfers quickly to the bass, or at least that might be surmised from how rapidly Dunn was able to secure employment with a variety of top bands working out of Detroit. His ability to cruise through last-minute substitution jobs certainly came out of the technical demands of his classical training.

Besides working steadily on television and radio productions out of the Motor City, Dunn has been called for sessions involving genres such as New Orleans jazz, the more modernistic swinging of saxophonist and composer David Liebman, easygoing soul, fusion, and gospel, and even the emo and glam rock of Sponge, a band and not something used to wipe a counter. As attention-getting as Sponge's CD title of For All the Drugs in the World might be, the Dunn discography has an entry that is even better: a singer named Beth Stalker actually has an album entitled Here With You. Dunn also plays bass for theater productions.