As most folks already know, Rob Wasserman passed away on Wednesday, after his struggle with cancer. He was an accomplished bassist and composer, who played and performed with many amazing artists during his thirty plus year career.
Wasserman was born in California on April 1, 1952. He began playing the violin and didn’t switch to the upright bass, until he was through with high school. He attended the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music where he studied both composition and the double bass. Some of Rob’s early jobs, include playing with Van Morrison and the David Grisman Quintet. In 1983, Wasserman released his first solo album, titled “Solo” and it was well received. In 1988, the release of his second album “Duets”, saw Rob work with Aaron Neville, Rickie Lee Jones, Lou Reed, Bobby McFerrin and more. This album garnered him three Grammy nominations and earned Bobby McFerrin a Grammy for best male jazz vocalist. The third album in the trilogy, “Trios” featured Wasserman performing with incredible musical pairings, such as Neil Young & Bob Weir, Edie Brickell & Jerry Garcia, Elvis Costello & Marc Ribot and several more outstanding duos. Also around 1994, Bob Weir and Rob began playing together, often as a duo, but soon formed Ratdog, which became Weir’s primary focus after Jerry Garcia died and the Grateful Dead disbanded, in 1995. Over the years, Rob worked with everyone from Ani DiFranco and Bruce Cockburn to Jackson Browne and Laurie Anderson, as well as serving a long stint touring with Lou Reed. Rob Wasserman has also filled-in with the super-group Banyan, which includes core members Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Willie Waldman (Snoop Dogg), Mike Watt (Minutemen) and Nels Cline (Wilco). A little over six years ago, Rob joined Bob Weir and Jay Lane for several tour dates under the name Scaring The Children. On Wednesday, Rob Wasserman died in California, after what seems like a short, mostly unreported battle with cancer.
R.I.P. Rob Wasserman (1952-2016)