Gary Willis / Llibert Fortuny / Kirk Covington

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


28 March 1957, Longview, Texas, USA. Willis took up the bass when he was 13 years old, playing initially in church. Two years later, he also began playing guitar and studying harmony. After a while using both instruments, he abandoned the guitar to concentrate on bass. Although he studied music, for some time at North Texas State University, on the instrument he was entirely self-taught. Mostly, he played in casual settings, sitting in with other musical students and just playing for kicks. Eventually, however, he realized that he could combine doing what he loved to do with making money. In the early 80s he moved to Los Angeles where he developed parallel careers as a performer and as an educationalist. In the former capacity, he became co-leader with guitarist Scott Henderson of Tribal Tech. As a teacher, Willis became a course leader at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and also taught at the California Institute of the Arts. He also produced an educational...

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