Bill Leigh - Editor in Chief, Bass Player
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Bill Leigh - Editor in Chief, Bass Player

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With Bill Leigh as Editor in Chief, Bass Player has been nominated for numerous WPA Maggie Awards, including Best Music Magazine, Best Signed Editorial, Best Editorial Photo. Bill Leigh was also awarded runner-up Journalist of the Year in 2003 CMPi Awards


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Bill Leigh - Editor in Chief, Bass Player Magazine

Since joining the Bass Player staff in 1995, Bill Leigh has written insightful feature interviews and lessons on such notable music figures as funk icons Bootsy Collins and Larry Graham, Metallica producer Bob Rock, the Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady, No Doubt’s Tony Kanal, bassist extraordinaire Victor Wooten, Tim Commerford of Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine, the Pixies’ Kim Deal, and maverick bandleader Meshell NdegeOcello. Since becoming Bass Player’s Editor in Chief in 2001, Leigh has broadened the magazine’s fiercely loyal readership, spearheaded a radical relaunch, and earned several award nominations, including two Maggie Award nominations for his reader-favorite Lowdown editorial column.

When he’s not busy working on the magazine, Bill spends time performing and recording on the San Francisco music scene. For six years he served as bassist and music director of the city’s premier funk band, Stymie & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra, winner of an SF Weekly Music Award in 2002. Bill co-wrote the PJLO’s all-original repertoire, but he also led the band while backing up R&B legends Billy Preston and Fred Wesley. Bill played on and co-produced Stymie & the PJLO’s 2005 release The Secret Hits of the Black & Blue Parade ( and produced the group’s song “Fan Club,” which was featured on the 2003 No Mayo/Matador compilation, The Funky Precedent II.

An Army brat who calls Virginia home, Leigh minored in music at the College of William & Mary, then went on to earn a Music Recording Industry Certificate at San Francisco State University.