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  • Stanley Clarke tour

    I just returned from Blues Alley in Washington, DC, where I caught the first show of a tour featuring Stanley Clarke on upright (and an acoustic bass guitar on one song), Lenny White on drums, and Patrice Rushen on piano. If you live anywhere near Washington DC (Blues Alley), Annapolis MD (Rams Head), or NYC... »

  • Brian Bromberg: Downright Upright

    Brian Bromberg has released his latest CD, Downright Upright, featuring standards by Herbie Hancock and Joe Zawinul, and several of Bromberg’s own compositions. From brianbromberg.net: Already released in Japan, Downright Upright is a return to the acoustic upright bass Bromberg recently spent time with on 2006’s Wood II. But this record represents a unique progression... »

  • Sting confirms Police reunion tour

    The Police are getting back together. An email sent by Sting.com today confirms the rumors of a 2007 reunion tour. The tour will begin May 28th in Vancouver and continue throughout North America. The announcement was made via live webcast from the Whisky in LA Monday, Feb. 12th. The webcast is available at ThePoliceTour.com. »

  • Bx3: Jeff Berlin, Billy Sheehan & Stuart Hamm

    Stu Hamm has formed a bass version of the highly successful G3 guitar tour, Bx3. The group features Billy Sheehan, Jeff Berlin, and Hamm on bass, with Jude Gold on guitar and John Mader on drums. Bx3 is currently touring in the U.S. »

  • Stanley Clarke Joins Heads Up

    Legendary bassist Stanley Clarke has joined Heads Up International to pursue various audio and video opportunities. Clarke joins a roster including Mike Stern, the Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Big Band, Walter Beasley and the Yellowjackets. Cleveland-based Heads Up, which is a division of Telarc, plans to produce and release Clarke’s albums and videos over... »

  • Legendary bassist Walter Booker passes

    Jazz bassist Walter Booker died at his Manhattan, New York home on Friday. He was 72. The double bass legend performed with a number of jazz greats and mentored young musicians at his Boogie Woogie Studio in New York City. He began his music career after leaving the US Army and joined a quintet which... »

  • IIB This Month

    Cliff Engel’s Institute of Bass has a lot in store this month, including an exclusive interview with Bass Central’s Beaver Felton, an advanced slap bass lesson by Ray Riendeau, some great new bass tips of the week, and the monthly contest giveaway. »

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  • Mingus dynasty lives on with new releases

    Sue Mingus, the widow of bassist Charles Mingus, in her effort to maintain her late husband’s legacy has written a book and simultaneously released two new live discs on her new label. »

  • Stanley Clarke awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

    Jazz News reports legendary bassist Stanley Clarke was presented with this year’s Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award. »

  • Van Halen adds another Van Halen

    Rock group Van Halen has a new bass player.    Fifteen year old Wolfgang Van Halen, son of guitarist Edward Van Halen has replaced longtime bassist Michael Anthony, who left the band earlier this year. I think that brings us to 3 Van Halens, and one singer, but I have no idea who that is these... »