Damian Erskine: “Don’t distract yourself with getting gear to solve all your problems. Make what you have work”

Damian Erskine
(Image credit: Bobby P)

Damian Erskine is a career bassist, educator, and columnist, having played with a huge range of musicians, primarily from the jazz world. He’s an adjunct professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and – viruses permitting – regularly travels abroad to teach. 

He has performed at many clinics and written for several print and online publications, including this one, with a long-running series at No Treble coming to a close last year after over 500 instalments. 

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