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Esperanza Spalding on NPR’s Piano Jazz

In November 2008, Marian McPartland hosted bassist Esperanza Spalding on her Piano Jazz show. The session was part interview, part performance by Esperanza and her pianist, Leo Genovese. During the broadcast, Esperanza offers a look into her background and draw to music, starting at the age of four, through her time at Berklee in Boston. The full session runs about...

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Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes

In 2004, bassist Ron Carter asked Dan Ouellette about writing his biography. Two years of interviews with Ron, his fellow musicians, family and friends followed, and Dan started working with ArtistShare to complete the book. A complete timeline of the book can viewed at Dan’s ArtistShare project site and you can order the book from there as well. There are...

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Michael Manring concert and event updates

Michael Manring has just updated his tour schedule again, with a whole new line up of solo and group performances and clinics. We caught a solo performance a few weeks ago, and we’re still blown away by it. If you can make it to the Nor-Cal BASSIX Bass Day, be on the lookout for some hot-off-the-press No Treble t-shirts, some...

Doug Wimbish: “Under Your Skin” Interview
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Doug Wimbish: “Under Your Skin” Interview

“Under Your Skin” is a book project focusing on the cultural diversity of music, from pop to jazz, hip hop, Reggae, Classical and more. As part of the project, Alexander McLean interviewed several artists, including bassist Doug Wimbish. Doug talks about his early days growing up in Connecticut, music he listened to, and finding his first instrument, the mandolin. Part...

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Jackie Clark: John Legend “If You’re Out There” Remix

Collaborative music site Indaba Music is running a contest to remix John Legend’s “If You’re Out There”, and bassist Jackie Clark shared his submission with us. Jackie plays his Lakland 5-string fretless bass and just about everything else on the recording. As Jackie shares, “This is my version of an already incredible song! I took the vocals and lead guitar...

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Dr. Stanley Clarke

Musicians Institute in Los Angeles awarded Stanley Clarke an honorary Doctor of Music degree during MI’s commencement ceremony on March 21st. Beth Marlis, VP of Education for MI, shares “Stanley Clarke embodies the true value of education and the duty of an artist to mentor and give back to the next generation. He has selflessly and generously created opportunities for...

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Metallica to reunite with Jason Newsted for HOF induction

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted will join the group when they perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction next month, according to guitarist Kirk Hammett. Fans can thank Blondie. Kind of. In a recent interview, Hammett recalled the night Blondie was inducted in 2006. Former band members Frank Infante and Nigel Harrison asked to perform with the...

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Deftones launch fundraiser for Chi Cheng

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng remains in a coma following his automobile accident on November 4, 2008. Now Chi’s family and friends are doing a fundraiser to help out with Chi’s medical bills. All donations are made via Paypal, directly to Chi’s mother Jeanne Cheng. Check out One Love for Chi to learn more and make a donation. The goal is...

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Fieldy apologizes to Korn band mates in new book

Korn bassist Fieldy‘s new book, Got the Life is getting plenty of attention these days. In a recent interview, Fieldy shares that the book contains apology letters to each of his band mates for his past behavior. During an interview with the Associated Press, Fieldy shares that he became an alcoholic around the age of “13 or 14” and that...

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Nikki Sixx interviewed on Fox News

We don’t watch Fox News here at No Treble HQ, but we heard something about Greta Van Susteren interviewing Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. Seemed like a strange pairing to us, but who are we to argue with bassists getting national coverage? The show only included five minutes of the interview. Here’s the full version, in two parts:

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Gettin’ cinematic with Carlos D

Interpol bassist Carlos Dengler, a.k.a. Carlos D, has made a film exploring “the unstable nature of fame and the incredible cost of celebrity.” Dengler stars in and co-produced My Friends Told Me About You, composed an all-original score for the 26-minute film. The production was “a chance to explore the narrative potential of sound and spectacle.” Dengler wanted to “achieve...

In Memoriam

RIP George Kaufman

Nails bassist George Kaufman has passed away at the age of 58, following aneurysm surgery. A memorial service was held on Thursday in Yonkers, NY. Kaufman’s band, The Nails, released two albums in the 80s, including the hit “88 Lines about 44 Women”. He was also a music teacher and owner of Supreme Sound Engineering, a company producing sound modules...