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  • Marcus Miller and Victor Bailey NAMM Jam

    Another short but cool video from NAMM 2010… this time, Marcus Miller and Victor Bailey jam at the Fender booth. »

  • Paul McCartney “could have been” in Them Crooked Vultures

    According to an article in British newspaper The Daily Mail, former Fab Four member Paul McCartney was interested in being in the successful supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. The band of course now features bassist John Paul Jones. After the Grammy awards last year, Paul had dinner with drummer Dave Grohl and the conversation turned to... »

  • Rob Wasserman to rejoin RatDog for special event

    Rob Wasserman will rejoin former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and his band RatDog for an event called the RatDog Daze, which will be taking place in Negril, Jamaica. The event begins January 23. Current RatDog bassist Robin Sylvester cannot make the gig for unspecified medical reasons. The band gave a statement, saying “The entire... »

  • What’s Spinning for… John Goldsby

    I am doing a Mingus project in May with the WDR Big Band, so I have been checking out Mingus’s music recently. He has left such a legacy on several levels: his bass playing, his rhythm section playing, his band leading and his composing. All of those aspects of Mingus’s music are interconnected, and he... »

  • John Patitucci with Mark O’Connor and Julian Lage live

    Here is a cool video of John Patitucci’s latest project with violinist Mark O’Connor and guitarist Julian Lage. The trio debuted January 7th at the Blue Note in NYC. »

  • Gear Watch: Ampeg announces two new SVT-PRO series heads

    Ampeg announced two new heads in their popular SVT-PRO Series, the SVT-7PRO and SVT-8PRO. Both heads are light-weight rack-mountable units designed to deliver high wattage and tonal flexibility. The SVT-7PRO is a compact head, weighing in at only 15 pounds. The head features a flexible 5-position mid tone control, remote switching FX loop, and an... »

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  • Jack Bruce: Composing Himself; The Authorized Biography

    Jack Bruce recounts tales of life on the road, drug addiction, management problems, and family tragedies in the upcoming book, Jack Bruce: Composing Himself. Penned by Henry Shapiro, the book takes a detailed look at the life of one of rock’s most influential bassists, beginning with his study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music... »

  • How to Write a Band Bio

    If you are a working musician – or aspire to be a working musician – you need to be able to sell yourself and your music. At some point you may have to present your work to a record label or publishing company and you will be competing against many other artists for a label... »

  • David Dyson & Damian Erksine: Bass Bash

    David Dyson & Damian Erksine: Bass Bash

    I had an appointment at NAMM that forced me to leave the first night of Bass Bash early at NAMM. Fortunately, someone filmed this performance of Damian Erksine and David Dyson, so I could catch some of the great bass I missed. Here’s what Damian had to say about the performance: “David Dyson is one... »

  • Gear Watch: VOX Pathfinder Bass 10

    VOX Amplification has added a new product to it Pathfinder amplifier series. The new Pathfinder Bass 10 is a portable combo that boasts 10 watts of power with its two 5-inch VOX Bulldog speakers. Along with its treble and bass controls, the amp has a Bright switch, which adds an edgy boost to upper harmonics.... »