Joe Downard – Bass

Joe Downard – BassJoe started playing electric bass at the age of 12, when he spent 5 years training with, and being mentored by, the great Herbie Flowers – bass player on landmark records with Davie Bowie and Mark Bolan – giving him great insight in to a wide variety of playing styles.

Though Herbie, Joe was granted a scholarship to join the Dartington International Summer School Youth Music Programme, where he played bass in a group of very fine musicians.

Currently a member of NYJO, Joe has also appeared with the BBC Big Band and is now pursuing a successful studio and session career as both an electric and upright bass player of Jazz, Blues, Country, Soul and Hip-Hop.