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  • Les Claypool announces Summer 2009 festivals

    We don’t imagine Les Claypool sleeps much. He’s just announced a series of summer camps, taking place May through July. Summer Camp Festival is the ninth installment of the festival, and runs May 22-24, 2009 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. Over 50 bands on 4 stages will perform during the three days of... »

  • Markbass launches video contest

    Bass amp manufacturer Markbass just launched a video contest on Youtube. If you own a Markbass rig and perform live, you’re pretty much eligible to enter for a chance to win a MoMark amp with the features of your choice. Official rules from Markbass: Video must be of a live performance. In other words, in... »

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  • Monterey Jazz Festival to feature Stanley Clarke and Esperanza Spalding

    The schedule for the 52nd annual Monterey Jazz Festival is set, with performances by Stanley Clarke and bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding announced. The festival will be held from September 18-20, 2009 at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California For more information and tickets, call 925-275-9255 or visit the festival’s web site. »

  • Tower of Power: Great American Soulbook [new release]

    Tower of Power, anchored by the legendary Rocco Prestia on bass released their newest album today. Great American Soulbook takes the band in a slightly new direction, with a collection of classic soul tunes with a Tower of Power twist. The album was produced by Emilio Castillo, the band’s founder and leader since 1968, and... »

  • Bruford Levin Upper Extremities Re-Released

    Bruford Levin Upper Extremities (B.L.U.E.), a group including bassist Tony Levin, Bill Bruford on drums, David Torn on guitar and Chris Botti on trumpet, formed after recording Torn’s 1987 Cloud About Mercury release. B.L.U.E.’s 1999 release, Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, out of print for some time, is being re-released today. Here’s about the only video... »

  • Adam Nitti: Liminal [new release]

    Bassist, producer and music educator Adam Nitti has just released his fourth album, Liminal, a collection of jazz, funk, R&B, rock and blues tunes written, arranged and produced by Nitti. Nitti’s supporting cast includes Marco Sfogli and Tom Quayle on guitar, Alex Argento on keys, and Marco Minnemann on drums. Other musicians making appearances include... »

  • Stevie Wonder live with Reggie McBride: 1974 sound board

    Stevie Wonder’s live board recording from a 1974 performance in London has found its way online, featuring the smoking bass lines of Reggie McBride. We’ll let the music do the talking: check out Aquarium Drunkard’s post. Big tip of the hat to Brian Fox at Bass Player. »

  • SMV to tour again

    We’ve been hearing rumors about a new tour by Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten, collectively known as S.M.V. Looks like it is the real deal, as the 17th Annual Capital Jazz Festival in Columbia, MD has announced the group will be performing during the upcoming 3 day festival, June 5-7. Here’s a great... »

  • Victor Little: Inner Portrait [new release]

    For over twenty years, Victor Little has been a go-to session and touring bassist Patti Austin, Billy Preston, Angela Bofill, Charlie Musselwhite, Mickey Hart, and Booker T. Jones. Now Little is about to release his first ever solo CD, Inner Portrait. The CD features an impressive supporting cast, including drummers Dennis Chambers and Thomas Pridgen,... »

  • NorCal Bass Day to feature Michael Manring

    Bassist Wade Craver is starting a new bass event in northern California, and he’s starting it off with a bang. The first annual Bass Day is taking place at Music Max in Palo Cedro, California and will feature bassists Stew McKinsey, Andres Cervantes, Craver, and a special performance by Michael Manring. The event runs from... »