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Ex-Deep Purple bassist announces autobiography

Former Deep Purple bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes has announced he is releasing a new autobiography in 2010, which is yet to be titled. The book will be co-written by Joe McIver, and an introduction is to be written by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. “My autobiography is going to be a literary event,” says Hughes. “ I’ve been working on...

New Albums

Hamilton Sterling and Jimmy Haslip: Migration

Hamilton Sterling and bassist Jimmy Haslip have released Migration, hailed as a “programmatic jazz composition formed in six movements.” The album was produced, composed, arranged, performed, and programmed by both musicians. Sterling’s previous work films, The Dark Knight, War of the Worlds, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Haslip is founding member of the Yellowjackets and...


Fall Out Boy, Everytime I Die and Anthrax members form new band

A new super-group has formed, featuring members of the bands Fall Out Boy, Anthrax, and Every Time I Die. The band, the Damned Things, includes Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley for vocals, and guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy. The group will not be featuring Fall Out Boy’s...

Bass Videos

Charlie Moreno: You Did It Again

We had another great video discovery, thanks to our friends on the Facebook page (keep ’em coming). Today’s video features Charlie Moreno in his solo concert in Madrid in December, 2008.


Jazz bass well represented at 2010 Grammys

The bass community will be well represented in the 2010 Grammy category of “Best Jazz Instrumental Album.” Among the nominees are the John Patitucci Trio, for his newest album Remembrance, and the Clayton Brothers (featuring the legendary John Clayton) for their Brother to Brother album. Also in the running is Live by the Five Peace Band, led by Chick Corea...

Transcriptions in 6 Steps
Bass Lessons

Transcriptions in 6 Steps

There comes a time in every player’s life where you have to make the next big step in your practice methods: you must do some transcriptions. Suppress your groans, it is not as bad as you think, and it is an immensely useful practice tool. There’s a reason why every player, teacher and book about serious jazz practice recommends it....

Bass Videos

Scott LaFaro: live video footage

I recently discovered some amazing footage of bassist Scott LaFaro worth sharing. The first video is the Richie Kamuca Quintet recorded in 1958 at KABC studios in Los Angeles. The program was “Stars of Jazz”, which ran from 1956 until 1958. The band includes leader Richie Kamuca on tenor saxophone, Frank Rosolino on trombone, LaFaro on bass, Victor Feldman on...

Player News

GWAR bassist explains what it is like to leave a successful act

Normally most musicians hope to be able to play to thousands of people at some point in their lives, but bassist Todd Evans is excited to get back to his roots, even if he’s basically starting his career over. Evans states that he couldn’t be happier with his new group, “Mobile Deathtrap,” even while leaving the success of his former...

Concerts & Tours

Esperanza Spalding to join McCoy Tyner for New Year’s performance

Esperanza Spalding will be joining legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, along with Ravi Coltrane and Francisco Mela for a run of six nights, including New Years Eve, at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Tyner rose to fame as a member of John Coltrane’s quartet and has been a staple of the jazz community ever since. Spalding, who is the youngest professor ever...

Career in Music AND Stability?
Ask Damian Erskine

Career in Music AND Stability?

Q: What advice can you give to a middle-aged dad with a wife and two young kids and a non-music-related day job who plays music as a hobby but always dreamed about being a jazz musician when he grew up and wants to figure out how to transition to a music career while continuing to support his family and continue...