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  • Nikolai Fraiture meets charity goal and releases new album

    In October we reported on Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture training to run the New York Marathon and simultaneously doing a fundraiser for New York Road Runners Foundation’s Team For Kids charity. The great news is that Fraiture met is $5,000 goal and completed the marathon in 4 hours 23 minutes and 35 seconds. He had... »

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  • Stanley Clarke Tour Update (with Corea, Clarke, White)

    Stanley Clarke is continuing with the Corea, Clarke and White reunion tour through December. If you have not gotten the chance to see them live yet they are well worth checking out. From first hand experience the show is unbelievable. The upcoming dates for November and December include: 11/02/2009 Wiener Konzerthaus-Vienna AUSTRIA 11/03/2009 Fabrik –... »

  • Melodic Construction: Extensions on Dominant Chords, Part 2

    This is the second part of the Melodic Construction: Extensions on Dominant Chords series. Click here for Part 1 A fundamental problem with the “chordal scale” approach to improvising is that it tends to produce mechanical-sounding performance; all scale tones tend to be given equal weight as to whether or not they “work.” Frequently we... »

  • Todd Johnson Trio: Don’t Shoot the Messenger

    Today’s video features bassist Todd Johnson and his Trio, performing “Don’t Shoot the Messenger” live in November, 2008. Nice! »

  • Rewind: the most popular features, lessons and videos of the week

    In case you missed them, here are the most popular features from last week. Lessons Jon Burr: Melodic Construction: Extensions on Dominant Chords, Part 1 Evan Kepner: The Zen of Ear Training – Part 2 Columns and Features Phil Wain reviews Wayne Krantz – Krantz Carlock Lefebvre Damian Erskine covers Shortcuts in his latest Ask... »

  • Gov’t Mule Releases Album Featuring New Bassist

    Gov’t Mule Releases Album Featuring New Bassist

    Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule has released their first new studio album in three years, , which features the latest addition to the group: bassist Jorgen Carlsson. Jorgen, who grew up in Sweden, lives in Los Angeles where he has been a studio owner and musician. He has also formerly played in the band... »

  • Wies de Boevé: Czardas on double bass

    Check out bassist Wies de Boevé, then 19 years old, performing “Czardas” in his first concert as a soloist. »

  • Player Watch: Michael Janisch

    Bassist Michael Janisch is a relative newcomer to the international jazz scene, but definitely worth checking out. The London Times described him as “always hip, melodic, and bouncey” while JazzWise said he’s “a muscular, fluent player with an irresistible pulse and virtuosic soloing technique.” Janisch is releasing his debut solo album Purpose Built on October... »