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  • Wharton Music Center presents Ben Wolfe

    Jazz bassist and Juilliard School faculty member Ben Wolfe is performing Saturday, March 28, 2009 as part of the Wharton Music Center’s Library Concert Series in Gillette, New Jersey. Wolfe spent five years with Harry Connick, Jr., as musical director on the band’s world tours, followed by a member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and... »

  • Stanley Clarke records new acoustic trio album

    JazzTimes is reporting that Stanley Clarke is releasing his first-ever acoustic jazz trio recording. The trio consists of Clarke, Hiromi Uehara on piano and fellow Return To Forever member Lenny White on drums. The album, Jazz in the Garden is set to release May 12th by Heads Up International, and is available for pre-order now.... »

  • Mark Hoppus tweets tour updates

    Mark Hoppus is generating quite the buzz these days on Twitter, especially when it comes to news of the upcoming Blink-182 tour. MTV ran a story about the tweet, reporting that “the band’s bassist has been Twittering his fingers off over the past two days, giving frequent updates on the status of the group’s meetings... »

  • Geddy Lee & Rush go retro, need a break

    Hot on the heels of Rush’s Retrospective 3 release, rumors are flying that a new concept album will be next. Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee dispels the myths: “We haven’t even discussed our next work yet. Right now we’re all taking a well-needed break.” In comments to metalunderground.com, Lee goes on to remind us that his band... »

  • Bassist takes center stage at the Detroit International Jazz Festival

    The Detroit International Jazz Festival turns 30 this year, and to celebrate, has named renowned bassist, composer and arranger John Clayton as Artist-in-Residence. As a central part of his residency, Clayton has been commissioned to create a piece honoring the contributions of the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad and Elvin) to the world of jazz. The... »

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  • Les Claypool Releases “Of Fungi and Foe”

    Les Claypool Releases “Of Fungi and Foe”

    Les Claypool‘s album Of Fungi and Foe is a collection of songs inspired by the projects the bassist has been involved in over the past few years. Since Claypool’s last album, the 2006 Of Whales and Woes, he’s been scoring films and video games, and touring. Claypool shares how the project came to be: “Sometime... »

  • Return to Forever: Returns

    Return to Forever, the jazz fusion super group featuring Stanley Clarke on bass, Chick Corea on keyboards, Al Di Meola on guitar and Lenny White on drums, has released a live album, Returns. The 2-disc CD release was recorded during their first tour in 25 years reunion tour, at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Disc... »

  • The Art of Solo Bass by Michael Dimin

    Michael Dimin is releasing his second volume of his Chordal Approach series of bass instruction books. The Art of Solo Bass goes on sale this month, by Mel Bay Publications. Mike told us via email, “The Art of Solo Bass covers using chords to enhance your already ‘happenin’ bass line, using chords in a comping... »

  • Getting social

    We’re finally getting around to being more social. So if you’re inclined, we’d love to meet you on Facebook. If Myspace is your thing, we’re there too. And if you do Twitter, you know what to do. More importantly, we want to hear from you. Shoot us a note on any of the above sites,... »

  • Nathan East / Fourplay: “Live in Capetown” DVD Released

    Fourplay, a jazz supergroup formed by Nathan East on bass, Bob James on keyboards, Larry Carlton on guitar, and Harvey Mason on drums have released a new DVD, Live in Capetown. The DVD showcases a live performance in Cape Town during the band’s 2005 tour. Songs include: Galaxia, Chant, Blues Force, 101 Eastbound, Journey, Tally... »