Bassology --2017 edition-- l to r: Chris Casey, Will Bartlett, David Chevan, Alvin Carter, Jr.
BASSOLOGY is a swinging jazz band organized and directed by the bassologist, Dr. David Chevan. It's a group of players united by a love of exploring and interpreting the music of the era of the Great American Songbook.   The group plays a wide range of swinging music but they are especially adept at their interpretations of the works of the great songwriters including George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, and Cole Porter.  They also highlight great songs by less well known composers including Bart Howard's "Fly Me to the Moon" and Johnny Mandel's " The Shadow of Your Smile". 

The bands repertoire also includes jazz infused arrangements of tunes by such artists as The Meters, Mongo Santamaria, and George Harrison. These worked incredibly well alongside Ron Bragg’s smoky readings of classic jazz standards. And they work well now that Ron has left town and singer Atla DeChamplain has begun singing with the group.

The band has two CDs has is currently working on material for it's third recording.

BASSOLOGY began playing together in 1996.  Back then they had a regular Friday night gig at the old Charlie B's in New Haven.  When Charlie B's changed owners they began playing every Saturday night at the Avon Old Farms Inn in Avon.  that lasted for a very long time (almost six years) till the Inn  closed.  Now the band gets together to share their special brand of jazz wherever and whenever it can. 


David Chevan bass
Alvin Carter, Jr., Jesse Chevan, Tido Holtkamp, and Ron Braggs drums and voice (Ron has retired, but he's still swinging. Only instead of drum sticks now Ron's swinging golf clubs in Florida.)
Will Bartlett or Will Cleary saxophones and related wind instruments
Chris Casey, Warren , and Matt DeChamplain piano and keyboards


Bassology has recorded two CDs.  Our album, Imagination, features the vocal stylings of our drummer, Ron Braggs. Our first recording, The Feeling that I Get, features original pieces along with some choice covers.  Both albums are available for download right here.  And here's the best thing. Unlike other web sites that set a fee for our music you can set your price.  Pay us as much or as little as you wish.  All we ask is that you enjoy our music and spread the good word about Bassology.



Bassology featuring Ron Braggs



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Bassology's second CD features the vocal stylings of drummer Ron Braggs along with David Chevan on bass, Will Bartlett on reeds, Chris Casey and Noah Baerman taking turns on piano

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  1. 1 Imagination 05:09 Free
  2. 2 Fly Me to the Moon 03:50 Free
  3. 3 Our Love is Here to Stay 06:46 Free
  4. 4 Summertime 05:01 Free
  5. 5 Autumn Leaves 04:31 Free
  6. 6 Perdido 02:29 Free
  7. 7 On Green Dolphin Street 05:33 Free
  8. 8 Stompin' at the Savoy 02:26 Free
  9. 9 The Shadow of Your Smile 04:50 Free
  10. 10 Teach Me Tonight 05:54 Free
  11. 11 Wave 04:06 Free

The Feeling that I Get