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20 Years

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Jaco Pastorius. Jaco’s family has posted a couple of tributes: Musicians remember Jaco Gregory Pastorius’ tribute to his brother And worth a look: Jaco’s daughter Mary, and her Daddy, just daddy to me piece.

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Bootsy Collins: The Bengals Rock

Cincinnati legend Bootsy Collins recorded a new song for his home NFL football team, the Bengals, for the third straight year. This year, he uses the a local group called the Ben-Gals and an Elvis impersonator. Bootsy says this is his best so far. Check it out for yourself at BootsyCollins.com.

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Undiscovered Mingus

A previously unknown 1964 recording of the Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy was recently discovered by Mingus’ widow and released by Blue Note. This is a double CD live recording, featuring a near identical lineup to the group who recorded “Great Concert of Charles Mingus” about a month later.

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Bass Player Appreciation Week

Ignacio at IG blog has deemed this week Bass Player Appreciation Week. Big surprise, we’re all for it. Stop by and comment on your favorite(s).

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RIP, Art Davis

Double bass legend Art Davis has died after a suffering heart attack. He was 73. Davis performed with many jazz greats, including John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Louis Armstrong, and Max Roach, all while holding down a psychology practice. BBC offers a look back on his remarkable career.

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Michael Manring, Percy Jones on new release

Drummer Vic Stevens has released his latest CD, “If People Could Talk“, featuring Michael Manring and Percy Jones on bass. Stevens and Manring perform together in the fusion trio McGill/Manring/Stevens.

Sting’s Son Joins The Police Tour
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Sting’s Son Joins The Police Tour

How lucky can a guy get? Sting’s son Joe Sumner, and his band “Fiction Plane” have joined The Police’s 2007 tour. The announcement follows the release of Fiction Plane’s second CD, Left Side of the Brain. Like his father, Joe is the bassist and lead vocalist for the trio. Check out Fiction Plane in a recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel...

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Ron Carter Interview

Ethan Iverson has posted a terrific interview with bass legend Ron Carter. Carter has an an upcoming Carnegie Hall concert, in celebration of his 70th birthday.

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Jack Bruce says Cream may rise again

Jack Bruce, bassist for the 60’s power rock trio Cream, along with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, says a reunion may be in the works. Bruce and Baker have been feuding for years and apparently are ready to put their differences aside in order to regroup later this year. This won’t be the first reunion for the trio....

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Stanley Clarke tour

I just returned from Blues Alley in Washington, DC, where I caught the first show of a tour featuring Stanley Clarke on upright (and an acoustic bass guitar on one song), Lenny White on drums, and Patrice Rushen on piano. If you live anywhere near Washington DC (Blues Alley), Annapolis MD (Rams Head), or NYC (Blue Note), try to get...