With six solo albums under his belt, Jonathan Moody is taking a different approach to the term "solo bass." Focusing on through-composed songs and pieces that skirt the line between technical prowess and melodic depth, Moody approaches the instrument more as a folk artist over a jazz soloist. Using a number of effects (and the occasional drummer), Moody is an instrumental storyteller, leading the audience on a roller coaster (sometimes literally; "Mean Streak" is an ode to one) of technique on the electric bass guitar.
When not performing solo, Moody is stomping on a bunch of effects pedals, and playing bass with a pick in the Grand Rapids-based band, The Quirk. Along with his wife on drums, The Quirk is in the studio recording a number of tracks to make waves in 2023.
Not one to stay stationary, Moody continues to be an in-demand freelance bassist in the Midwest, playing for "whoever asks first." Not bound by musical genres, Moody is equally at home in a blues gig, cover band, kirtan or even musical theatre pit (doubling on electric and upright basses). Moody brings a strong foundation and genre authenticity to each and every gig.
At home in Vicksburg, MI, Moody is a dad to two awesome kids (both in various stages of their musical journeys), a coffee and taco enthusiast and occasional cartoonist/illustrator.
I play a lot of gigs. While my specialty seems to be musical theatre, I'm happy to back up a singer/songwriter, fill in with any band needing a professional bassist, or provide you with tracks for your recording project. Contact me to find out more.
SOLO PERFORMANCES Glass City Low Down - Toledo, OH Homegrown in Kalamazoo - Kalamazoo, MI JT's Bass Jam - Anaheim, CA LoHIO Bass Showcase - Akron, OH Thunder Row Bass Invitational - Nashville, TN Tsunami Bass Hang - Anaheim, CA
MUSICAL THEATRE I'm pretty thankful to live in an area that has a gigantic musical theatre community. The listed shows below have been performed all over MI in local high school/community theatres and some out of state, in places like the Barn Theatre, the Boarshead Theatre, Mason Street Warehouse, and the Peterborough Playhouse
1776 - 2x Ain’t Misbehavin’ All Shook Up - 2x Annie Assassins Bat Boy Beauty and the Beast Big Fish Big River - 2x Billy Elliot Bright Lights, Big City Bye Bye Birdie Camelot Cabaret A Catered Affair Chicago - 2x Chitty Chitty Bang Bang City of Angels A Chorus Line The Civil War Closer Than Ever Crazy For You - 2x Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - 2x The Drowsy Chaperone Evil Dead: the Musical Fiddler On The Roof Five Guys Named Moe Footloose Forever Plaid - 2x The Full Monty - 2x Disney’s Gepetto and Son G.I.Jukebox Godspell Good News Grease - 3x Grey Gardens Guys and Dolls - 3x Gypsy Hair - 2x Hairspray - 2x Hans Christian Anderson Disney’s High School Musical How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Into the Woods
Jekyll & Hyde Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2x The Last Five Years Legally Blonde - 2x Les Miserables Life Could Be A Dream Li’l Abner Little Shop of Horrors - 3x Little Women Mamma Mia! A New Brain Nunsense, the Mega Musical Oklahoma! Old Timer Peter Pan Pippen Pirates of Penzance The Producers Ragtime Rent The Rocky Horror Show - 3x Reefer Madness Ruthless! The Musical The Scarlet Pimpernel A Salute to the Red, White & Blue Secret Garden Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Shrek - 2x Side Show Sister Act Songs for A New World The Sound of Music Spamalot - 2x Starmites Sweeney Todd Thoroughly Modern Millie - 2x The Who’s Tommy Urinetown West Side Story - 2x White Christmas Witches of Eastwick The Wizard of Oz You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Young Frankenstein