Jon (left) jamming with The Mystic Cowboy
by craig eddy
I went to the La Honda flea market a year ago and met a seller that had a couple thousand music Cd’s for sale. After drooling over his collection I found out he was a bass player. Now, I know most of the musicians in town so I was curious. Playing with anyone, I asked? Turns out Jon Wollf is one of those players that loves playing but never really hooked up with a band. Since then Jon has been coming by my studio and jamming with a bunch of us local players and we are very glad he has joined us.
Jon spent most his early childhood in Long Island and didn’t start playing music until he was 14 or 15 years old. He jammed with friends for the fun of it and as he started college and work he put it down for a few years. He started up again in the 80’s just for fun and made an attempt at a band based out of Palo Alto. They never did much playing out and he continued mostly attending jams. Jon plays the electric bass and mentions the likes of Jonas Hellborg and Ron Carter as the bassists that he admires most. He loves and plays most styles but when it comes to Jazz he claims to be a listener only. I know from jamming at my place he plays Reggae, Rock, Country, Zydeco, Blues and Bluegrass.
When Jon moved to La Honda he seemed to be happy just listening to the wealth of local talent. I asked him to name his favorite local bands. His response? Anything with Bundy in it. He raves about Cryin’ Shame and Jack and The Hitchhikers too . But now Jon is a regular at the jams at my place and we are glad to have him join us in the few performances we do each year in La Honda. I’m sure Jon will become a fixture in the local scene here. It’s a fact that there are many more bands than bass players in this area so if any bass players need a vacation from one of their many bands you might look up Jon.