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  • Esperanza Spalding to join McCoy Tyner for New Year’s performance

    Esperanza Spalding will be joining legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, along with Ravi Coltrane and Francisco Mela for a run of six nights, including New Years Eve, at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Tyner rose to fame as a member of John Coltrane’s quartet and has been a staple of the jazz community ever since. Spalding, who... »

  • 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... »

  • Mark Hoppus could produce your band’s next track

    Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 is donating eight hours of studio time and his producing skills to the highest bidder at his auction sponsored on The winner of the auction gets to be produced by Hoppus and Chris Holmes in Hoppus’ California based studio Opera Music, which has been used recently by artists such... »

  • Nickelback confirms 2010 Dark Horse tour dates

    The Grammy-nominated rockers of Nickelback have confirmed tour dates for the North American leg of their 2010 tour in support of their latest album, Dark Horse. The band will be touring with guests Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown as well. Nickelback’s bassist, Mike Kroeger, the brother of lead singer and guitarist Chad Kroeger, is the one... »

  • The Strokes planning new studio album

    Bassist Nikolai Fraiture has announced that the Strokes are heading back into the studio. The news came via his Nickel Eye Twitter account: “While the guys are in L.A., I went to scout some studios in NYC with [Strokes manager] Ryan [Gentles] today for what looks like Jan. recording.” This will be the first new... »

  • Gear Watch: jamLink Internet Audio Interface

    MusicianLink has released the jamLink, an audio interface that uses the internet to allow musicians to play in sync from different locations, no matter how far apart they are. The jamLink works with pretty much any instrument or microphone that has a 1/4” output, so you can plug in and jam with guitarists, singers, or... »

  • Name Freekbass’s new group and win guest tickets to their shows

    The ever-funky Freekbass has formed a new project with DJ Logic and keyboardist Steve Molitz after the trio had a jam session over the summer in PA’s Church of Universal Love and Music. The group has yet to give themselves a name, and is asking fans to tweet their ideas for band names at DJ... »

  • RIP Jeff Clyne

    Jeff Clyne, one of the best jazz bassists to come out of the UK, passed away on November 16th of a heart attack. Clyne, who was 72, broke onto the scene in the 1950’s, and in 1958 joined Tubby Hayes’ band, the Jazz Couriers. In 1965, Clyne played on Stan Tracey’s classic album “Under Milk... »

  • Geddy Lee to judge Canada’s finest food

    Rush bassist and lead singer Geddy Lee will be judging at the “Gold Medal Plates,” a Canadian chef cook-off, today in Toronto. Gold Medal Plates is self-described as the “ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, entertainment, and athletic achievement.” Founded in 2003, the organization’s goal is to raise money for Canada’s Olympic and... »

  • Ike Sturm: Jazz Mass

    Bassist Ike Sturm has released his new album, Jazz Mass. Sturm composed and arranged Jazz Mass for voices, strings, and jazz septet, resulting in a unique blend of textures. “I have always loved the emotional heights and depths that can be revealed through voices and strings,” Sturm says. “To hear these sounds combine with some... »