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  • Career in Music AND Stability?

    Career in Music AND Stability?

    Q: What advice can you give to a middle-aged dad with a wife and two young kids and a non-music-related day job who plays music as a hobby but always dreamed about being a jazz musician when he grew up and wants to figure out how to transition to a music career while continuing to... »

  • Juan Nelson: “Fight For Your Mind” Extended Bass Solo

    Juan Nelson: “Fight For Your Mind” Extended Bass Solo

    I discovered Juan Nelson thanks to Ben Harper, and have been a fan ever since. I only hope Ben comes back to the Innocent Criminals one day. Here’s Juan doing his thing, playing bass and singing, live with Ben Harper: »

  • Les Claypool dips into wine business

    Bassist Les Claypool has developed his own personal brand of wine, The Purple Pachyderm, at the at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, California. Claypool calls it “…big, bold and well-balanced with a magnificent nose!” Claypool originally made his own wine for his personal stock, but has now grown into a small business venture. “We’ve been... »

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  • Christian McBride talks about his music

    Christian McBride recently sat down with the folks at AllAboutJazz.com and spoke on a huge number of topics, and all in one interview. He speaks everything from his ideas of composition, putting together a CD, and even how he feels about playing with a bow. While an amazing player, McBride says he wishes he had... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Larry Lee

    Reader Spotlight: Larry Lee

    Meet Larry Lee, our player in the spotlight for December 1st, 2009. Bio: I grew up in Dayton, Ohio and in sixth grade I started doing two things (1) play football (2) play bass guitar. I am 50 now and those two things have carried me all of my life. After High School I went... »

  • Daniele Tomassetti: solo fretless bass

    Our Facebook friend Daniele Tomassetti posted this to our page, showcasing his fretless solo work. We’re glad he did. »

  • Bootsy Collins gives back for Thanksgiving

    Funk legend Bootsy Collins celebrated Thanksgiving this year by giving back to his community of Walnut Hills in Cincinnati, Ohio. He spent Wednesday afternoon at a local Kroger supermarket signing autographs and hosting a free raffle for gift baskets of food and turkeys. “We wanted to give back to the community in which I grew... »