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Bass Videos

WDR Big Band: Basstronaut, with John Goldsby & Oscar Stagnaro

In 2002, the WDR Big Band’s “Latin Rhythms” performance at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall featured two bassists on the Paquito D’Rivera composition “Basstronaut”. The tune features two bassists: John Goldsby on double bass and Oscar Stagnaro on the electric. Big surprise… we love it. The performance also features Paquito D’Rivera (clarinet), Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Pernell Santurino (percussion), Mark Walker (drums),...

Weekly Top 10

Rewind: the most popular features of the week

Here are the most popular stories from No Treble last week. Columns & Features Jon Burr‘s lesson on Oppositional structures in melodic construction: Imaginary Chords Evan Kepner‘s latest column is on How To Copyright Your Music Ask Damian Erskine: Learning to Feel Our exclusive interview with David Pastorius: It’s not what you think Our Player Spotlight is Paul Adams Videos:...

Concerts & Tours

Willie Weeks joining Eric Clapton for 2010 tour

Eric Clapton is kicking off a new tour, beginning in February 2010 in Pittsburgh, PA. The band he’s put together looks pretty stellar, including Willie Weeks on bass, Steve Gadd on drums, Chris Stainton and Walt Richmond on keyboards, and Michelle John and Sharon White as backing vocalists. Special guest Roger Daltrey will kick off the show. U.S. tour dates:...

Bass Videos

Mingus Dynasty: Better Get It In Your Soul

One year after the passing of Charles Mingus, the Mingus Dynasty band took the stage at Montreux. This performance of “Better Get It In Your Soul” features too bassists, starting with Mike Richmond and his opening solo, and also featuring bassist Aladár Pege. The rest of the band includes Randy Brecker on trumpet, Joe Farrell on saxophone, Jimmy Knepper on...

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Vigier Guitars signs James Lomenzo

Megadeth bassist James Lomenzo has just signed on as an endorsing artist for Vigier Guitar. Lomenzo’s bass of choice is the Vigier 5 string Passion bass, which he’s using on Megadeth’s current world tour. Check out Vigier’s web site for more.

New Albums

King Crimson’s “In the Court of the Crimson King” 40th anniversary releases

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of In the Court of the Crimson King, King Crimson is releasing two new formats of the album. The limited edition, enhanced box set version is a six-disc set (five CDs and one DVD), and includes a ton: The 2009 new stereo mix by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp The original master edition released...

Bass Videos

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen: Samba Petit

Here’s a terrific recording of the Oscar Peterson Quartet, performing “Samba Petit” at the Münchner klaviersommer, in 1994. Even better, it includes a solo by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen.


ICMP Announces 2010 Bass Scholarships

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) has teamed up with Musicman and Bass Guitar Magazine to announce the launch of the 2010 bass scholarships program. The ICMP offers a one year Higher Diploma bass bass course. The winner will receive a fully funded scholarship, worth £5,250, and the runner-up will receive a partially funded scholarship, worth £2,625. The winner...

Concerts & Tours

Tony Levin tour updates

Bassist Tony Levin is enjoying a rare break from touring, but it won’t last long. He’s just announced a new set of dates for his various musical endeavors in 2010. HoBoLeMa (Alan Holdsworth, Terry Bozzio, Levin and Pat Mastelotto) Jan 2,3: Seattle / Triple Door Jan 4: Portland / Aladdin Theater Jan 6: Santa Cruz / Kuumbwa Jazz Jan 8,...

Jaco Pastorius Birthday 2009: Invitation
Bass Videos

Jaco Pastorius Birthday 2009: Invitation

Family and friends of Jaco Pastorius held their annual birthday party for him at the A1A Dive Bar in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on December 5th. The band included Jaco’s twin sons, bassist Felix Pastorius and drummer, Julius Pastorius. Here’s a couple of videos from the performance. What starts out as warming up quickly turns into a killer performance of Jaco’s...

Concerts & Tours

Gerald Veasley pays homage to Grover Washington, Jr.

Bassist Gerald Veasley will perform a special holiday themed tribute to the late Grover Washington, Jr. today at the Miller Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania. The tribute comes 10 years after Washington died of a heart attack while in the green room for “The Early Show” on CBS in New York City. Veasley had been performing with him...

New Albums

Timothy Schmit: Expando

Timothy Schmit, bassist for The Eagles, gathered some of his friends to work on his newly released album, Expando, including Keb’ Mo’, Kid Rock, Graham Nash and Dwight Yoakam. In a recent interview with, Schmit talked about what it was like to get together such different artists to work on the new album. “I needed some really different-sounding voices...