Tim Lefebvre

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Tim Lefebvre
Lefebvre with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hitomi Kinen Kōdō, Tokyo, 2014
Lefebvre with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hitomi Kinen Kōdō, Tokyo, 2014
Background information
Also known as
  • Tim Lafave
  • Skip Herbertson
  • Johnny Fever
Born (1968-02-04) February 4, 1968 (age 52)
Foxboro, Massachusetts, U.S.
InstrumentsBass guitar, double bass

Tim Lefebvre (born February 4, 1968)[1] is an American bass guitarist. Both as a session musician and band member, he has worked with a wide range of musicians, including David Bowie, The Black Crowes, Elvis Costello, Sting, Empire of the Sun, The Sleepy Jackson, Wayne Krantz, Patti Austin, John Mayer, Jovanotti, Chuck Loeb, Mark Guiliana, Jamie Cullum, Chris Botti, and Knower.[2][3] A member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band until 2018,[4] he also performed on film and television soundtracks, including Ocean's Twelve, The Departed, Analyze That, The Sopranos, and 30 Rock.[3][5]

Called a "musical linguist" by Bass Musician magazine, Lefebvre is proficient in various genres, including rock, jazz, fusion, electronica, and R&B.[3]

Lefebvre played bass on David Bowie's final studio album, Blackstar, which was released two days before Bowie's death in 2016.[4][6][7]


Lefebvre's equipment as published in Bass Player:[1]

Bass guitars
  • Moollon P-Classic (with flatwounds and roundwounds)
  • Moollon J-Classic 5-string
  • Moollon fretless J-Classic
  • CallowHill OBS5, "Lafave" Model, "Asshole" bass
  • Fender Precision Bass ('63 and '68)
  • Fender Jazz Bass ('65 and '77)
  • Serek Midwestern Bass
  • Guild/DeArmond Starfire
  • Mathias Thoma acoustic bass with Gage Realist pickup and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings
  • American Standard acoustic bass with Realist and D'Addario Zyex strings
  • Ampeg SVT-VR head with SVT-810E cabinet
  • Ampeg vintage B25-B head
  • Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 head with SL 112 cabinet
  • Boss OC-2 Octave and RE-20 Space Echo
  • Dunlop Way Huge Pork Loin Overdrive, Carbon Copy and Carbon Copy Bright Analog Delay, EchoPlex
  • Custom 3Leaf Audio pedalboard with Octabvre octave pedal and You're Doom fuzz pedal, Wunderlove Envelope Fliter
  • Darkglass Microtubes Vintage and Microtubes B7K bass preamp
  • Electro-Harmonix Frequency Analyzer
  • TC Electronic Röttweiler Distortion
  • Line 6 Tap Tremolo
  • Pigtronix EP2 Envelope Phaser
  • Mantic Vitriol, Density Hulk, Proverb
  • Pedaltrain 18
  • DOD Meatbox
  • Daredevil Fuzz
  • Pike Amplification Vulcan XXL


As co-leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With David Bowie

With Till Brönner

  • 1999 Love
  • 2000 Chattin' with Chet
  • 2010 At the End of the Day
  • 2014 The Movie Album

With Uri Caine

With Carmen Cuesta

  • 1996 One Kiss
  • 2004 Peace of Mind

With Bill Evans

  • 1999 Touch
  • 2001 Soul Insider

With Wayne Krantz

With Chuck Loeb

  • 1996 The Music Inside
  • 1998 The Moon, the Stars, and the Setting
  • 2001 In a Heartbeat
  • 2007 The Love Song Collection

With Donny McCaslin

  • 2010 Perpetual Motion
  • 2012 Casting for Gravity
  • 2015 Fast Future
  • 2016 Beyond Now

With Chris Potter

  • 2019 Circuits

With Andy Snitzer

  • 2011 Traveler
  • 2013 The Rhythm

With others


  1. ^ a b Isi, Chris (November 3, 2014). "Tim Lefebvre Brings His Musical Moxie to the Mainstream". Bass Player. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Kahn, Ashley (May 5, 2014). "Before & After with Tim Lefebvre". JazzTimes. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Gregory. Steve (November 1, 2013). "Tim Lefebvre: Musical Multilinguist". Bass Musician. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "'Blackstar' Bassist on Bowie: 'The Greatest Musician I've Ever Heard'". Rolling Stone. January 11, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Micallef, Ken (February 16, 2012). "Tim Lefebvre: Bicoastal Badass". Bass Player. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Hum, Peter (January 12, 2016). "David Bowie remembered by Blackstar musicians Donny McCaslin, Jason Lindner, Tim Lefebvre and Mark Guiliana". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Weiner, Natalie (January 11, 2016). "Jazz Musicians Behind David Bowie's 'Blackstar' Remember the Late Legend". Billboard. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "Angelenos, by Emily Zuzik".
  9. ^ "Tim Lefebvre | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2017.

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