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  • 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. »

  • Jazz bass well represented at 2010 Grammys

    The bass community will be well represented in the 2010 Grammy category of “Best Jazz Instrumental Album.” Among the nominees are the John Patitucci Trio, for his newest album Remembrance, and the Clayton Brothers (featuring the legendary John Clayton) for their Brother to Brother album. Also in the running is Live by the Five Peace... »

  • The Obamas to chair Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition

    President Barack Obama and First-Lady Michelle Obama will be serving as honorary chairs at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition and Gala Concert this October. The Gala co-chairs include Madeleine Albright, Herb and Lani Alpert, Quincy Jones, Debra Lee, Bill and Carolyn Powers, and Joseph E. Robert Jr. The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition... »

  • Ray’s Raving About… NPR Music

    I am a big fan of talk radio and I especially like the programs on NPR (National Public Radio). In this “rave” I wanted to spotlight the music section on the NPR web site. NPR Music has so many cool things to offer including concerts, studio session, interviews, reviews, etc. There is something for everyone... »

  • Rewind: Practicing Chord Changes, Ask Damian, A Beginner’s Guide to Radio Airplay, Ray’s Raves, and a review of John Patitucci’s latest

    In case you missed it, here are some of the most popular features from last week (September 6th through 12th). Jon Burr latest lesson covers the all important task of practicing chord changes. Damian Erskine answers a reader on the topic of a light vs. a hard touch. Evan Kepner provides a beginner’s guide to... »

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  • A review of John Patitucci Trio’s “Remembrance”

    John Patitucci’s latest release, Remembrance, on Concord Jazz is yet another masterpiece in his extensive discography. The album is Patitucci’s seventh with Concord and his thirteenth as a leader. Remembrance features Patitucci on acoustic bass, 6-string electric bass, 6-string electric piccolo bass; Joe Lovano playing tenor saxophone and alto clarinet along with Brian Blade on... »

  • Bass Day Jam: Mr. P.C.

    Bass Day Jam: Mr. P.C.

    Twelve years ago, bassists John Patitucci, Tony Levin, Oteil Burbridge, Billy Sheehan, Reggie Washington and Dave Pomeroy got together to perform John Coltrane’s “Mr. P.C.” Of course, Mr. P.C. is Mr. Paul Chambers, the bassist who performed and recorded with Coltrane and Miles Davis. »

  • John Patitucci Trio: Remembrance released

    Bass legend John Patitucci is geared to kick off the world premiere of his latest album, »

  • Playboy Jazz Festival: the bassists

    This weekend’s Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl will include two days of great music and great bass players. Highlights include Dave Holland with his big band, Esperanza Spalding and John Patitucci with the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Here’s a more complete lineup: Saturday performances include Jimmy Cobb’s So What Band featuring Wallace Roney, Norman... »

  • Patitucci’s “Music We Are” LP Special Edition Release

    Vinyl is definitely back. Music We Are, by John Patitucci, Jack Dejohnette and Danilo Perez, is now available as a special edition 140 gram LP. The CD version was released on April 7th, 2009. The track list is the same as the CD, minus “Michael”, and is as follows: 1. Tango African 2. Earthy Prayer... »