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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 from that lauded cd, which...

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Sting confirms Police reunion tour

The Police are getting back together. An email sent by Sting.com today confirms the rumors of a 2007 reunion tour. The tour will begin May 28th in Vancouver and continue throughout North America. The announcement was made via live webcast from the Whisky in LA Monday, Feb. 12th. The webcast is available at ThePoliceTour.com.

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Bx3: Jeff Berlin, Billy Sheehan & Stuart Hamm

Stu Hamm has formed a bass version of the highly successful G3 guitar tour, Bx3. The group features Billy Sheehan, Jeff Berlin, and Hamm on bass, with Jude Gold on guitar and John Mader on drums. Bx3 is currently touring in the U.S.

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Stanley Clarke Joins Heads Up

Legendary bassist Stanley Clarke has joined Heads Up International to pursue various audio and video opportunities. Clarke joins a roster including Mike Stern, the Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Big Band, Walter Beasley and the Yellowjackets. Cleveland-based Heads Up, which is a division of Telarc, plans to produce and release Clarke’s albums and videos over the next few years.

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Legendary bassist Walter Booker passes

Jazz bassist Walter Booker died at his Manhattan, New York home on Friday. He was 72. The double bass legend performed with a number of jazz greats and mentored young musicians at his Boogie Woogie Studio in New York City. He began his music career after leaving the US Army and joined a quintet which caught the attention of jazz...

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Mingus dynasty lives on with new releases

Sue Mingus, the widow of bassist Charles Mingus, in her effort to maintain her late husband’s legacy has written a book and simultaneously released two new live discs on her new label.

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IIB This Month

Cliff Engel’s Institute of Bass has a lot in store this month, including an exclusive interview with Bass Central’s Beaver Felton, an advanced slap bass lesson by Ray Riendeau, some great new bass tips of the week, and the monthly contest giveaway.

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Stanley Clarke awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Jazz News reports legendary bassist Stanley Clarke was presented with this year’s Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Van Halen adds another Van Halen

Rock group Van Halen has a new bass player.    Fifteen year old Wolfgang Van Halen, son of guitarist Edward Van Halen has replaced longtime bassist Michael Anthony, who left the band earlier this year. I think that brings us to 3 Van Halens, and one singer, but I have no idea who that is these days.

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Grateful Dead bassist diagnosed with cancer; expects full recovery

Bassist and Grateful Dead founding member Phil Lesh has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to several reports. “I have decided to have it removed in early December with da Vinci robotic surgery,” Lesh, 66, said in a statement on his website. “Since we’ve caught it very early, and it’s small and slow-growing, I fully expect to have a rapid...