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Geddy Lee will be partaking in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Gala Concert on February 18th, along with a load of other guests. “The Show Must Go On: Stories of Resilience” is described as “no ordinary Virtual Gala Concert”.
Tim Bogert, whose playing in Vanilla Fudge influenced a generation of bassists, has died at the age of 76. An official statement has not been released, but Bogert was reportedly battling cancer.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Fender, and the company is celebrating with a special series of instruments to commemorate the occasion. The lineup includes Jazz Bass and Precision Bass models.
The 8-Bit Big Band has released their third album, “Backwards Compatible”, which continues the group’s approach of reimagining video game music for jazz orchestra.
After 20 years in the band, Marko Hietala has left the ranks of Nightwish. The bassist and co-vocalist, who joined the symphonic metal outfit in 2001, made a statement through the group’s social media.
The pandemic has been hard on music all around. Jane Ira Bloom and Mark Helias played together for years but suddenly could not create together. But, they had resolve to continue their craft. The result is a new album called “Some Kind of Tomorrow.”
This week we’re taking a look at a new limited edition 12-string bass built by Musicvox called the Space Cadet. This version features a 3-tone sunburst over a flame maple top for a dynamite combo.
The International Society of Bassists has announced a special edition of their ISB Center Stage series of online interviews. On January 16th, jazz bass legend Dave Holland will be speaking with luthier and inventor David Gage.
Renowned bass educator Anthony Wellington will be holding a special virtual clinic on Monday, January 11th. Entitled “The Best Ears Are Fast Ears,” the session will leave you with improved aural recognition and response time.
Gene Simmons has collaborated with Gibson on a joint venture called G², which will introduce a line of instruments across the guitar company’s Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer brands.
Pierluigi Balducci is starting the year with two new releases. First up is the new edition of his bass method book, “Contemporary Electric Bass” Vols. 1-2. Balducci has also released his first ever solo bass album.
The dynamic duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare started their careers together in the early 1970s in Kingston. Now, the legendary reggae rhythm section has dropped a new album, “Red Hills Road”.