Bio - Rob Thaxton


Rob Thaxton is a Dayton OH based bassist who performs with groups and artists, including Steve Arrington, Sugar Stew, Noah Wotherspoon and various jazz and blues musicians.


Rob's training in bass began during his high school years. He studied privately with local Springfield OH guitarist/bassist/ John Lippolis at the Guitar Attention Center for four years. During this time, Rob also played in the Graham High School Jazz band under Jeff Buell and the Champaign County Jazz Band under Ron Lewis. After graduation, Rob studied at Capital University in Columbus OH for a year primarily under bassist Sidney Townsend and combo director Jim Masters. After leaving Capital, Rob worked in several Columbus bands including American Cherry and The Kelley Lewis Band. Rob provided the bass work for American Cherry's debut album "Soulstice"(Independant Release). After relocating to the Dayton OH area, Rob began playing with local blues and jazz artists, including Noah Wotherspoon, Red Hot Blues, Roderick Wilson, Kareem Powell, and Travis Thompson. During this time Rob developed a lasting friendship with former Slave frontman Steve Arrington. In 2009, Rob provided guitar work for Steve's "Pure Thang"(God Factor Records) album as well as bass work on several remixes of selected songs. Rob has also pursued original music and composition with local Dayton bands Romeo Champagne and Ninjas Out of Nowhere. Rob provided bass work and original songwriting for Romeo Champagne's debut release "Guilt to Consume"(Independant Release). During these combined musical experiences, Rob has been fortunate to share the stage with local, regional, and national acts, including Freekbass, Waterband, Ekoostik Hookah, John Tesh, Johny Lang, Blues Traveler, and more. Rob is currently studied at the Jazz Arts Studio in Dayton OH under the direction of pianist Eric Zadan. Rob can also be seen providing bass work for local Miami Valley groups and artists including Noah Wotherspoon, The Big Bang, Kareem Powell, and others.


Rob is available for a variety of performances in many genres as well as musicals and church performances. He is also available for private instruction. Teaching privately for years has given Rob the opportunity to construct focused approaches to aid students in the areas of technique, theory, and understanding the primary functions of being a bassist in general.