Frank Proto: Double Bass Trailblazer/Badass
Frank Proto was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began his musical studies with piano at the tender age of 7 and started learning double bass at the age of 16. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in 1963 where he performed the first solo double bass recital in the history of the school.
Not content with the poor quality and limited selection of works for double bass at the time, Proto decided to write his own. His first composition, Sonata 1963 for Double Bass and Piano, is so badass it immediately entered the standard double bass repertoire. It has been performed by thousands of bassists worldwide.
Isac Ryu – Double Bass
Min Young Park – Piano
This was just the start of Proto’s professional career as a bassist/composer. His accolades and compositions are too numerous to list here, so go check him out, there’s plenty more out there to discover.
P.S. Gig tonight at the Animas City Theater in beautiful Durango, Colorado. Show starts at 9:30.
Today we play our first show in Aztec, NM! Join us at the Aztec Theater at 8 PM.
Durango friends! There is a party bus shuttle to the Aztec Theater from Durango. Call 505 427 6748 for a ride to the show!
We are back in beautiful Durango, Colorado! Gig tonight at The Summit. Show starts at 10.
Sadly today is our last day in the great state of Colorado. As always, Colorado is a breathtakingly beautiful place full of wonderful generous people. Thank you for everything Colorado.
P.S. We will be closing out the Colorado run with a show at The Summit in Durango. Show starts at 9:30.
Tonight we play our 250th gig at the Victoria Tavern in Salida, Colorado! The show will kick off at 9:30 and go on all night long.
And now without further ado, the beautiful violinist and budding tuba virtuoso, Meg from Durango.
It has begun ladies and gentlemen. We are now on a 4 month national tour for our new album Volume Three. Come catch the 1st leg in Colorado for a sweet 10 day run through some of the most beautiful places in America:
04.05 Steamboat Springs, CO
Old Town Pub
04.06 Winter Park, CO
04.07 Keystone, CO
The Goat Soup & Whiskey
04.08 Denver, CO
Vine St. Pub
04.09 Boulder, CO
Southern Sun Brewery
04.10 Green Mountain Falls, CO
04.11 Crested Butte, CO
04.12 Durango, CO
04.13 Salida, CO
04.14 Manitou Springs, CO
The Ancient Mariner
And don’t forget to check out the album on iTunes and Bandcamp and tell everyone you know. Coming to your city soon. Until then:
Amazing crowd in Durango last night. We put on a hell of a show and the crowd went insane. They didn’t let us get off the stage until we played three encores. We wish we could stay longer but we need to head to the Tommyknocker Tavern in Creede tonight. Thank you so much everyone. Durango is an amazing place.
After a great show and many fine beers at the Delores River brewery, we are now headed to The Summit in Durango. Fun times indeed.