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  • Todd Smallie and Yonrico Scott Teach Jazz To Kids

    Todd Smallie and Yonrico Scott Teach Jazz To Kids

    Here’s a clip of bassist Todd Smallie and drummer Yonrico Scott laying it down during cultural day at Oakgrove Elementary School. The two, who make up part of the rhythm section for the Derek Trucks band, blow through the jazz standards “Tenor Madness”, “All Blues” and “The Chicken”. Notice the Grammy on the desk… »

  • Michael Formanek Releases First Album in 12 Years

    Michael Formanek Releases First Album in 12 Years

    Twelve years after his last album, jazz bassist Michael Formanek has released his fifth CD as a leader, entitled The Rub and the Spare Change. The project started Formanek recruited a few musicians just to play with, and ended up being a recording of his quartet featuring saxophonist Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer... »

  • The Fonk Record: Wayman Tisdale’s Final Release

    The Fonk Record: Wayman Tisdale’s Final Release

    Nearly a year and a half after the passing of basketball star and jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale comes the release of his final album, The Fonk Record. The 11-song album was 12 years in the making, with three funk legends lending support, including George Clinton, George Duke and the late Ali Woodson. Tisdale collaborated over... »

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass

    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass

    If it’s James Jamerson with a great drummer (Uriel Jones or Benny Benjamin?), you don’t need anything else. This isolated bass and drum version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” proves it. »

  • Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Opens Skatepark

    Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Opens Skatepark

    Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has opened a skate park in his hometown of Big Sandy, Montana. Ament funded the $40,000 project so he could “give the kids around here something to do,” besides school sports. The park is finished now, and Ament says he plans on buying some skateboards and gear to keep handy... »

  • Gear Watch: EBS Classicline 110 and 112 “Mini Size” Bass Cabinets

    Gear Watch: EBS Classicline 110 and 112 “Mini Size” Bass Cabinets

    EBS has extended their Classicline range of bass cabinets with the new 110 and 112 Vintage Style “Mini size” cabs. The cabs feature a vintage look as well as a vintage sound, with a warmer and rounder character than their Proline series. The smaller size cabs are made to match up with a compact head... »

  • Another One for Woody: Allen Woody Tribute Concert Scheduled

    Another One for Woody: Allen Woody Tribute Concert Scheduled

    After bassist Allen Woody‘s untimely passing in 2000, a tribute concert called “One for Woody” was held to honor him, featuring the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends and more. Now, ten years after the original concert, a second show aptly titled “Another One for Woody” will take place to honor the fallen four-stringer... »

  • Paul Jackson with the Strandberg Project: The Groove

    Paul Jackson with the Strandberg Project: The Groove

    Paul Jackson joined bassist Jan-Olof Strandberg for his album The Strandberg Project back in 2005, and this recently posted video shows the duo jamming it out again on the tune “The Groove.” »

  • RIP Walter Payton

    RIP Walter Payton

    Famed New Orleans bassist Walter Payton Jr. passed away October 28 following a longtime illness. Payton, who is father to trumpeter Nicholas Payton, suffered a stroke early this year while on the road with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with whom he had been working with since as early as 1965. Besides his spectacular playing,... »

  • Jack Bruce Releases “City Of Gold: Live Performances” DVD

    Jack Bruce Releases “City Of Gold: Live Performances” DVD

    Jack Bruce has a new DVD out, entitled City of Gold: Live Performances. The 22 minute long DVD is a snapshot of Bruce between two performances over 10 years in 1991 in Sevilla, Spain and 2001 in Donington, UK. Bruce is joined by musicians including Phil Manzanera, Michael Schenker, Uli Roth and others on the... »