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  • Victor Wooten, Anthony Wellington & David Pastorius clinic jam

    Here’s a cool video of Victor Wooten leading a bass clinic in Orlando, Florida along with bassists Anthony Wellington and David Pastorius. More proof that there’s never too many bass players (or Hartke amps, it seems!) »

  • Sligo Jazz Project announces Michael Manring Day

    Bass virtuoso Michael Manring is holding an all-day workshop in Sligo, Ireland on October 2, 2009. The event is hosted by Sligo Jazz Project. “For a small town with a population of about 20,000 we have worked very hard and been very lucky to get some wonderful musicians visit here over the past few years,... »

  • Charlie Haden and Rocco Prestia to receive Bass Player’s lifetime achievement awards

    Bass Player Magazine is giving out two lifetime achievement awards at their Bass Player Live conference next month. Jazz bassist Charlie Haden and funk bassist Rocco Prestia are receiving the award. The ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on October 24th and 25th, at S.I.R. Studios and the Key Club. There will be a screening... »

  • Thinking in Minor: Alterations

    In the previous lesson I talked about using melodic minor arpeggios to change the sound of an underlying chord structure. This lesson will take that concept a step further and focus on identifying functioning and static dominant seventh chords and how to apply the melodic minor scale in various ways to control multiple degrees of... »

  • Ida Funkhouser: Poppy fx solo

    Ida Funkhouser: Poppy fx solo

    Everyone loves funk, and bassist Ida Funkhouser aka Ida Kristine Nielsen brings it home with her slap bass style and cool vocals. Check out this killer solo by Funkhouser: Funkhouser currently plays in Zap Mama and is working on her own music which is “a mix of old school funk, hiphop and ear catching soul.... »

  • The Xcerts’ Jordan Smith fractures his wrist as tour begins

    A fractured wrist is a nightmare scenario for any bassist. But when it happens right as a tour kicks off with your musical heroes, it is even worse. Bassist Jordan Smith »

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  • Chas and Dave Split

    Well known London legends Chas and Dave are going their separate ways. The decision was made by bassist Dave Peacock, due to the tragic death of his wife Sue after battling lung cancer. She passed away this July. The duo had topped the charts in the eighties with hits like “Rabbit,” “Ain’t No Pleasing You”... »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Learning new styles

    Q: How did you go about learning the different styles that you get called to play? (salsa, etc.) This fits in to the whole notion of “diversification” you were discussing. A: The short answer is by accepting every gig I could, getting the book (charts) and/or CD and shedding like mad so as not to... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: The Complete Shadows & Light Solo

    Jaco Pastorius: The Complete Shadows & Light Solo

    For years, Jaco Pastorius‘s “Slang” solo on Joni Mitchell’s Shadows & Light DVD has been a wildly popular clip. Turns out, we’ve only heard part of it. Obviously, someone in the editing room decided to cut Jaco’s solo down for the DVD. Thankfully, we can now hear the complete solo, including parts of “Chromatic Fantasy”.... »

  • Eddie Gómez announces 10-day tour in Mexico

    Legendary bassist Eddie Gómez will be going on a brief 10-day tour in Mexico from November 25th through December 5th. Gómez will be touring with his trio including Stefan Karlsson on piano and Rodrigo Villanueva on drums. Eddie’s impressive resumé includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan,... »