About Ladislav Rebrek

Ladislav Rebrek playing doublebassHello there, my name is Ladislav Rebrek, from Slovenia, Europe. I am a teacher of choir singing and violin. I have attended the Berklee college of Music in Boston, USA, and for over 45 years I am a professional jazz musician – a soloist and music educator.

At home, as well as abroad, I am known as an acclaimed jazz musician, a soloist on double bass and bass guitar, arranger and composer.

Helping you Master the Bass Guitar

My wish at this time is to expertly help all musicians who are eager to learn how to play and understand a very popular musical instrument – the bass guitar.

For this purpose I have prepared an extensive text book – Big Funk Text Book – Slap, which is intended for bass guitarists – beginners and for those who know the funk slap well, but wish to learn something new!


My professional career started in 1961 in Belgrade as a violinist in a chamber and symphonic orchestra. I then continued my career in Ljubljana as a permanent member of the Big Band RTV Slovenia, playing the double bass and bass guitar.

Together with other soloists (Silvester Stingl, Milan Ferlez, Petar Ugrin, Ati Soss) I influenced the orchestra’s stage performance and musical recognition, under the leadership of a great maestro, composer and arranger Joze Privsek alias Jeff Conway.

As a bass player I have accompanied over 10.000 songs, amongst which also popular songs from the golden era of Slovenian popular music in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Apart from my work in the orchestra I also collaborated and performed with many internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, such as Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Woody Shaw, Lee Harper, Philly Joe Jones and Greentown jazz band from Slovenia, with whom I have also performed extensively in the USA.

Personal Work and Exploration

After 1983, I started seeking the possibilities of broader forms of expression with the bass guitar; with an idea to use the bass guitar in a position of a completely independent solo instrument! This demanding task became my life work, which I documented on a CD. The name of the album is Pictures of the World.

Ladislav Rebrek playing funk slap on electric bass guitar

I have also created many duets for the bass guitar which are unique in modern jazz and new age music. These duets present a great innovation in the field of possible of bass guitar uses and are made for top performers in a concert spirit.

I have received many acknowledgments as a music educator. I have trained many well-known musicians who perform in Slovenia and abroad or who continued their college education with great success in many acknowledged musical academies and schools for jazz music all around the world.

My LIVE performances

December 2015
New Hopes Trio: A Tribute to Jaco Pastorius

November 2014
Traditional new year music school teachers performance

For more, visit my YouTube channel.


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