Stories from NYC session ace’s mind-blowingly diverse career
Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
February 13, 2023
Jeff Ganz is a top-tier session and touring musician, known for his propulsive full-throttle style of bass-playing and drumming. A student of revered bass teachers Clyde Lombardi and Homer Mensch, Jeff has deep roots in the NYC music scene and has contributed to Grammy-nominated and Tony-winning productions. His eclectic resume includes stints with Johnny Winter, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Rita Moreno, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Tito Puente, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Liza Minelli, Dr. John, Larry Coryell, The Mamas & The Papas and Eddie Money, just to name a few. Ganz’s busy career has also included endeavors on Broadway and in television and the movies, as well numerous solo projects.
Watch our interview with Jeff!
See Jon’s blog, with key takeaways from this interview here.
Been playing bass for 60 yrs and teaching for over 50.
Been playing with Ray Charles tribute band Forever Ray.
I know Jeff nice interview.
I got lots of storys too.
Cool! Thanks, Joseph.
Jeff was my bass player in my cabaret shows in NYC. He is the absolute BEST in his field. The fact that he’s also a nice, hilarious human is just the icing on the cake. He has, to this very day, always championed me. I just love this man!
So great to hear (not surprised). Thanks, Selma!
Jeff Ganz is an absolutely brilliant musician!
Thanks for the comment, Merrill!
Jeff and I toured with Rita Moreno for many years. I was Rita’s sound designer and mixer great to hear you Jeff talking about your career we had some good times.
I bet you guys had a lot of fun on the road with Rita. Thanks for weighing in, Keith! 🙂
I enjoy these interviews very much and always either learn something new or have a point reiterated. Thanks for sharing your time with Jon and us, Jeff! Enjoyed your stories, humor and experiences!
Thanks, Skyflyer! I’m glad you’re getting something out of these interviews.