Bass innovator talks about the influence of Bill Dickens, Marcus Miller and George Benson
Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
January 28, 2019
By David Sands
With fingers that move like lightning and a soulful voice that hits like thunder, Shaun Munday is a performer that can’t help but capture your attention. A virtuoso, the Missouri native knows how to use his four-string electric to get a full band effect. And his music, which reflects a deep appreciation for soul legends like Al Green and Donny Hathaway, demonstrates his knack for channeling raw emotion on stage and in the recording booth.
As a student at the Berklee School of music, Munday learned from and played with heavy-hitters like John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Matthew Garrison (Herbie Hancock), Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny) and Jetro Da Silva (Whitney Houston). And in the years since, he’s shared the stage with an impressive roster of artists that includes Mary Wilson of The Supremes, bluesman Robert Cray, Aston Barrett and The Wailers, country star Collin Raye, Devon Allman and Yonrico Scott of the Royal Southern Brotherhood.
He released his self-titled debut, a heartfelt collection of funk and blues tunes told his way, in 2017.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman spoke with Munday at Rudy’s Jazz Room in Nashville, Tennessee about catching the music bug young, how watching a VHS tape of “The Day The Bass Players Took Over The World” changed the way he performed and plans for an upcoming album.
Watch our interview with Shaun!