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  • RIP Wayman Tisdale

    We’re sad to report that former NBA player and bassist Wayman Tisdale has passed away, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44. Tisdale was in the NBA for twelve seasons, followed by a successful career as a jazz musician, releasing eight albums between 1995 and 2008. SWR Amps ran a nice piece about... »

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  • Pearl Jam bassist mugged in Atlanta

    Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and a band employee were attacked by three armed people in the parking lot of Southern Tracks Recording Studio on April 27th in Atlanta. The police reports shows the attackers smashed car windows, stole $3,000 in cash, a Blackberry and two computers. Ament tried to escape, but was caught, knocked... »

  • Chi Cheng released from ICU

    Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a automobile accident last November, and has been in a coma since. This week, a rumor was posted on the web stating Deftones bassist Chi Cheng had come out of his months-long coma. Chi’s sister, Gina Blackmore, who has been maintaining a family-run blog, posted to say that... »

  • RIP Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist, Ean Evans

    Ean Evans, bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, passed away earlier this week after a long battle with cancer. He was 48. The announcement was made on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s web site, and read: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of longtime Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans. Ean put up a valiant battle with... »

  • Esperanza Spalding on NPR’s Piano Jazz

    In November 2008, Marian McPartland hosted bassist Esperanza Spalding on her Piano Jazz show. The session was part interview, part performance by Esperanza and her pianist, Leo Genovese. During the broadcast, Esperanza offers a look into her background and draw to music, starting at the age of four, through her time at Berklee in Boston.... »

  • Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes

    In 2004, bassist Ron Carter asked Dan Ouellette about writing his biography. Two years of interviews with Ron, his fellow musicians, family and friends followed, and Dan started working with ArtistShare to complete the book. A complete timeline of the book can viewed at Dan’s ArtistShare project site and you can order the book from... »

  • Michael Manring concert and event updates

    Michael Manring has just updated his tour schedule again, with a whole new line up of solo and group performances and clinics. We caught a solo performance a few weeks ago, and we’re still blown away by it. If you can make it to the Nor-Cal BASSIX Bass Day, be on the lookout for some... »

  • Doug Wimbish: “Under Your Skin” Interview

    Doug Wimbish: “Under Your Skin” Interview

    “Under Your Skin” is a book project focusing on the cultural diversity of music, from pop to jazz, hip hop, Reggae, Classical and more. As part of the project, Alexander McLean interviewed several artists, including bassist Doug Wimbish. Doug talks about his early days growing up in Connecticut, music he listened to, and finding his... »

  • Jackie Clark: John Legend “If You’re Out There” Remix

    Collaborative music site Indaba Music is running a contest to remix John Legend’s “If You’re Out There”, and bassist Jackie Clark shared his submission with us. Jackie plays his Lakland 5-string fretless bass and just about everything else on the recording. As Jackie shares, “This is my version of an already incredible song! I took... »

  • Dr. Stanley Clarke

    Musicians Institute in Los Angeles awarded Stanley Clarke an honorary Doctor of Music degree during MI’s commencement ceremony on March 21st. Beth Marlis, VP of Education for MI, shares “Stanley Clarke embodies the true value of education and the duty of an artist to mentor and give back to the next generation. He has selflessly... »