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  • New Hampshire Bass Fest to feature Michael Manring

    Michael Manring joins an all-star cast of bassists, including Rufus Reid, Steve Bailey, Seth Horan and Bruce Gertz at the New Hampshire Bass Fest. The four day festival starts on June 20th and features lectures, concerts and master classes. Several luthiers, vendors, and manufacturers will be exhibiting. Registration is $400. Check out the event’s web... »

  • Around Jaco

    A new tribute to the late, great Jaco Pastorius has been released, nearly twenty years after his untimely death. Bassist Frederic Monino and his unusual trio consisting of drums, electric bass and accordion – along with some added guests – offers their rendition of many of Jaco’s compositions and recordings. More… All About Jazz’s review.... »

  • Brian Bromberg: Downright Upright

    Brian Bromberg has released his latest CD, Downright Upright, featuring standards by Herbie Hancock and Joe Zawinul, and several of Bromberg’s own compositions. From brianbromberg.net: Already released in Japan, Downright Upright is a return to the acoustic upright bass Bromberg recently spent time with on 2006’s Wood II. But this record represents a unique progression... »

  • New Jaco Release

    Jaco Pastorius: The Early Years Recordings is out. Dubbed as “The Prequel To Jaco’s Solo Debut”, this new release is the music-only version of the 2002 Portrait of Jaco box set, featuring recently discovered early years recordings and compositions of the late, great bass player. The Early Years Recordings is available at CDbaby. »

  • deMania Trio releases debut, featuring Michael Manring

    Acoustic guitarist Alex de Grassi, bassist Michael Manring and percussionist Chris Garcia (of Zappa alum group The Grandmothers fame) have released their debut album. With influences from India to Appalachia to Latin America and the Blues, this trio fuses new sounds together with their original compositions and unlikely arrangements. Track listing: This Side Up (Alex... »