John Carey is a professional bassist, producer, singer-songwriter and music educator living in New York City. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy. As bassist and record producer, John has worked as a sideman for some of New York City’s most talented bands & artists.

On television, John has appeared as bassist on The CW hit show, Gossip Girl (episodes: Women on the Verge & Jenny’s Fashion Show), as well as on the Fox 5 hit show, Fringe (episode: Midnight).

John has worked with such musicians as Oz Noy, Steve Holley, Dave Eggar, Ronny Drayton, Rachelle Garniez, Frank Bellucci, Bill White, Will Lee, Anton Fig, Mike Visceglia, Andy Narell, John Abbey & Leland Sklar, to name but a few.

Written for bassists and musicians alike, The Working Bassist, What You Really Need to Know to Survive in New York City, is designed to inform musicians and bassists interested in coming to New York City to pursue their musical endeavors. In addition to being informative, the series of interviews has been geared towards inspiring those who are already working musicians and bassists. The book contains over 30 interviews with NYC’s busiest bassists, including top session players, sideman, soloists, bass instructors and NYC luthier, Roger Sadowsky. In addition, author John Carey provides several helpful tips on how to survive in New York City as a working bassist. Interviews include bassists Meshell Ndegeocello, Neil Jason, Reggie Washington, Tim Lefebvre, Johannes Weidenmueller and many more (see reviews below).

As a solo artist, John’s music has received accolades from JazzTimes Magazine, Bass Player Magazine, All About Jazz, Bass Guitar Magazine and many more. He has released five of his own CDs. CD, John Carey, undefined psycho-chromatic G.R.I.D. (2005, Planet Bass, NYC) explores the avant-garde: the completely live and improvisational album captures the stream of conscious thought processes between some of today’s most talented, unique and interesting musicians. The CD spans multiple genres of music, and provides for a multimedia and multi-sensory experience… A truly fascinating record with an all-star lineup. CD, John Carey, CL (2007, Planet Bass, NYC), includes his original singer-songwriter/pop songs. In addition to playing bass, you’ll hear John singing and playing acoustic guitar throughout the CD. His music is reminiscent of Sheryl Crow and The Steve Miller Band. John Carey, Son of the House (2010, Planet Bass, NYC), examines the dualistic nature of Gnostic thought: light/dark,

Cosmos/Earth, illuminated/unaware, divine/carnal, strange/familiar . . . Heavily influenced by the music of Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed and Larry Graham, Carey visits the sounds of punk, funk and the avant-garde, taking the listener from the streets of the East Village, New York City, to that of the Cosmos. John Carey, Revelry Now (2011, Planet Bass, NYC), revisits songs originally performed by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Bill Withers, Carole King & more, all with a unique approach placing the Fender Jazz bass front and center. CD, John Carey, Oh So Funky (2012, Planet Bass, NYC), consists of the music from The Meters, an American funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana that made their records in the late 60s and 70s. The CD features Andy Narell– steelpans (Chucho Valdes, Bela Fleck, Marcus Miller, Spyro Gyra, Aretha Franklin, The Kronos String Quartet), Anton Fig– drums (Late Show w/David Letterman, Joe Bonamassa, Booker T. & The MG’s, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper), Oz Noy– guitar (Chris Botti, Gavin DeGraw, Harry Belafonte, Gov’t Mule, Allen Toussaint), Will Lee– featured vocalist (Late Show w/David Letterman, George Benson, Hiram Bullock, Brecker Brothers) and John Carey– bass, vocals, percussion & producer. The recording is filled with super groovy tunes that adhere to the tradition of The Meters, yet utilize the lively and tropical sounds of the steelpans in place of the traditional organ (see reviews below).

John Carey is endorsed by Sadowsky Guitars, NYC, Lakland basses, Euphonic Audio bass amplifiers and speaker cabinets and Rotosound bass strings. For more information about John Carey, please visit and

Official Website


John uses
RS66LD Swing Bass

“As a studio bassist & sideman here in New York City, I am required to have many different sounds at my fingertips at all times. Rotosound bass strings provide me with the fattest and warmest tones, that work for every musical situation. Strings are perhaps the most personal choice a player can make; it’s where the player first comes in contact with his/her instrument. String tension, tone & lifespan are all factors that come into play when choosing which string is right for you. Having experimented with various strings as a young player, I’ve never been let down by choosing Rotosound as my string of choice for the past twenty years. There’s good reason why all of the best players have chosen Rotosound as their string of choice!”

– John Carey

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