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Archive for September 2009 - Page 3

Bass Videos

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!)

Player News

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, particularly with regards to the...

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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 of “Rambling Boy,” a new...

Bass Lessons

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 tension. This will also lend...

Ida Funkhouser: Poppy fx solo
Bass Videos

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. With a lot of Bass...

Concerts & Tours, Player News

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


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” and “Snooker Loopy” and have...

Ask Damian Erskine, Columns

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 embarrass myself! I also realized...

Jaco Pastorius: The Complete Shadows & Light Solo
Bass Videos

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”. The solo was recorded live...

Concerts & Tours

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, Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Marian...