Bob Magnusson

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Bob Magnusson (born February 24, 1947 in New York) is an American jazz bassist.


Magnusson studied French horn for 12 years before switching to bass in 1967. He toured with Buddy Rich's Orchestra in 1968 and played with the San Diego Symphony and Sarah Vaughan (1971–72 and 1975–76). A studio musician for decades, he was part of the co-op group Road Work Ahead from 1979 to 1982, and worked with John Klemmer, Art Pepper, Benny Golson, Joe Farrell, Linda Ronstadt (with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra), Bud Shank, Laurindo Almeida, Shorty Rogers, Bob Cooper, Lou Donaldson, Clifford Jordan, George Cables, Victor Lewis, Joe Pass, Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Slide Hampton, Billy Higgins, Carl Fontana, Tommy Flanagan, Mike Wofford, Holly Hofmann, Kenny Burrell, Roger Kellaway, Randy Porter, Ernie Watts, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Peter Erskine, Bobby Shew, Bill Mays, Natalie Cole, Neil Diamond, Bonnie Raitt, 10,000 Maniacs, Madonna, Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, Jimmy Heath, Peter Sprague and others. Including the Road Work Ahead projects, Magnusson led record dates for Discovery Records in 1979, 1980 and 1984, and Trend Records in 1982.[1]

Magnusson has performed in many of the world's finest concert halls and club venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has made many trips to Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Central and South America.

As a teacher and clinician, Magnussen was an active faculty member of Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California, from 1977 to 1996. In 1998 he joined the faculty at San Diego Mesa Community College and the Coronado School of the Arts, where he teaches harmony, theory and jazz improvisation. He wrote a book, The Art of the Walking Bass, which was published by the Hal Leonard Publishing Company in 1999.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Revelation (Discovery, 1979)
  • Road Work Ahead (Discovery, 1981)
  • Two Generations of Music (Trend, 1982)
  • Song for Janet Lee (Discovery, 1985)
  • Street News (CAP, 1997)
  • Omens (CIMP, 2000)
  • Liquid Lines (SBE, 2006)

As sideman[edit]

With Neil Diamond

With Bonnie Raitt

With Rod Stewart

With others


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Bob Magnusson: Artist Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  2. ^ Magnusson, Bob (1 September 1999). "The Art of Walking Bass: A Method for Acoustic or Electric Bass". Hal Leonard Corporation. Retrieved 8 August 2023.

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