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Donny Tesso is one of the most sought after bass guitarists in the southwest USA. Donny calls “The Land of Enchantment” home residing in the high desert city of Albuquerque New Mexico.
As far back as he can remember Donny has always been mesmerized by the sound of the upright and electric bass. He grew up on a steady diet of Mariachi, C&W, Rock, Funk, Latin Rock, R&B and Jazz. When Donny was about 8 years old, he removed the bottom two strings of an old acoustic guitar belonging to his dad and began playing bass from old scratchy records from the Beatles to Buck Owens to Earth Wind and Fire. Donny’s father, the legendary Yuma Arizona singer Freddy Tesso, would take him to hear his band and his bassist Mr. Bill Fulton. Donny was nurtured by these early experiences with his dad’s bassist. He still gets a chance to play that first 1966 Fender Precision Bass from time to time.
Donny immersed himself in learning all he could through grade school and high school with an emphasis in Jazz as a member of his high school jazz band. Donny was like a sponge absorbing the phenomenal bass playing that was going on in the late 60’s and throughout the 70’s. From James Jamerson’s syncopated bounce and pounding bass to Paul McCartney’s fluid and tasteful bass feel. Verdine White’s percussive and groove drenched bass work to Stanley Clark’s blazing, melodic, ground breaking fusion style.
Donny IS all of the above.
After high school Donny had a lot of options and chose a full scholarship with the “Up With People” traveling musical organization. After a year of touring the world Donny joined a high energy R&B dance band and toured another 3 years ending up in Las Vegas Nevada. He found his way to New Mexico in 1988 and unknowingly began to change the bass landscape in the southwest. Hired by a legendary Spanish music artist, Donny recorded several albums with the legendary singer. Given the green light, Donny proceeded to do what he does best by injecting his colorful, precise bass lines with a little bit of funkiness into these Spanish/Mexican songs. His style and notoriety gained the attention of other artists, bands and producers from the region. Donny became and still is the 1st call bassist for sessions, touring, clinics, musical direction and now composing for TV and film.
Donny’s high profile and large body of bass work have earned him numerous awards and accolades including the latest award for “Bassist of the Decade” from the New Mexico Musicians Fund. On any day you may find Donny Tesso giving private bass instruction on a Monday, Conducting a bass clinic on a Tuesday, Plucking his electric upright at a C&W gig on a Wednesday, Bopping along in a jazz trio on a Thursday, Grooving away on a Latin/Spanish music gig on a Friday, Funking it up on R&B/Funk hit on a Saturday, or laying it down at a recording session on a Sunday.
Most of all Donny Tesso prides himself in the ability to make any band, artist or session sound the best it possibly can. Donny brings great tone, unmatched versatility, excellent attitude, prestigious resume, showmanship, creativity, tremendous sense of humor, pro stage presence and the ability to kick musical ass and deliver jaw-dropping bass solos. Using the gift God gave him!!!
Quote from Artist:
My Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0 2x10 is THE best portable pro bass amp on the market. I get great tone in every room or session".
Para mis Amigos: “A todos mis colegas musicos les extiendo la invitación para que se animen a probar cualquier línea de instrumentos de esta extraordinaria compañía Genz Benz no se arrepentirán yo se los aseguro. ---- Donny Tesso