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Anthony Wellington - November 2004


Anthony Wellington
Biography: I was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised in the south east part of Washington, D.C. I received my first guitar when I was twelve years old and began playing bass by age fifteen. When I attended Oxon Hill high school, I began to take music courses. I went on to study jazz at the University of Miami and studied audio engineering at Omega Recording Studios.

Some of the first artists that I identified with musically were James Brown and Stevie Wonder. From an early age, I was drawn mostly to the lower frequencies in the music spectrum. This led me to take inspiration from bassists such as Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Mark Adams from the group Slave, Bootsy Collins, Louis Johnson, and a host of others. Driven by the level of musicianship exemplified by these bassists, I began to put in long hours practicing and studying music theory. My passion and commitment for music continued to grow.

I started a recording studio while playing keyboards and guitar. I stopped playing bass in 1986 and didn't play again for about 8 years. I believe that things happen for a reason so in 1993 when my recording studio was burglarized leaving nothing but a single bass guitar, I took that as a sign and once again took up bass playing and have been going strong ever since.

In 1996, I stepped into Hot Licks Guitar Shop in Waldorf, Maryland to check out some basses. After hearing me play, the manager, Gene Quade, offered me a position teaching bass guitar, and since then, I can be found monday through saturday at Hot Licks doing what I love to do the most, instructing about 90 students a week. I am also teaching a couple bass classes at the online music school, MusicDojo.com.

Starting out playing in Go-Go bands, I slowly transitioned into other musical realms. In 1999, I played with gospel great Walter Hawkins and later began touring nationwide with world-renowned bass player Victor Wooten as his bass tech, sound engineer, and stage manager. A couple of shows into the first tour, Victor asked me to perform in the show. In 2000, I began teaching at Victor Wooten's Bass/Nature Camp and various music workshops. During that same year, I joined forces with a local D.C. band called His Boy Elroy and performed with them throughout the M.D., D.C., and V.A. tri-state area until early 2003.

Currently, I live in the southern Maryland/D.C. area with my wife Toné where we operate a recording studio and are planning to pursue new musical ventures. On my web site, you'll find some lessons, Victor Wooten tour pictures, and a tour diary. I'm slowly putting together a lesson book as well.

Gigs: I currently gig nationally and internationally with the Victor Wooten Band. I play locally with acts that range from duets to theater productions. I also do studio work and clinics.

Recordings: Unfortunately, I've played on numerous recordings that I haven't kept track. I'm in the process of recording my own project.

Victor Wooten - Live In America
J.D. Blair - Regulated
John Luskey - Anything's Possible
Lisa Williams - Capturing The Feel

Gear: I own well over 20 basses, but I mainly play basses by Fodera and MBasses. I have my own signature model bass made by MBasses. I've been recently endorsed by Ampeg, and I've been fortunate enough to receive a couple of different sized rigs from them. I also use Epifani cabinets and Alembic preamps, and I have an elaborate Pro Tools studio.

Contact Information: You can find out more about me on my web site at: AnthonyWellington.com.