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Fender Announces 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass

Fender Announces 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass

Fender is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Jazz Bass model with a special edition that brings together features of the past and present. Though the style has remained mostly unchanged, the Jazz Bass has had some tweaking through its first 50 years, especially during the ’60s and ’70s. The Fender 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass features ’60s-era styled finish in...

The Jaco Pastorius Bass Method Book
Sheet Music & Instruction

The Jaco Pastorius Bass Method Book

Hal Leonard has announced the release of the Jaco Pastorius Bass Method. The method is penned by Ray Peterson, a bassist who was one of Jaco’s private students. The book/CD package will be comprised of note-for-note transcriptions of songs and solos along with detailed notes on the technique and theory behind the music. Also included are lessons that were gathered...

New Albums

New Release from Ron Brendle and Mike Holstein: Rhizome

Jazz bassists Mike Holstein and Ron Brendle have released a new album as a duo. The album, called Rhizome, was released this month by Brendle’s LoNote Records, based in North Carolina. Brendle, who studied with Charlie Haden at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Smyrna, Florida, has performed along side jazz legends such as Charlie Byrd, Clark Terry, and...

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Eric Avery Quits Janes Addiction

Though it may not come as a surprise, it is official: Eric Avery has once again quit Jane’s Addiction. The bassist, who rejoined the band in 2008, announced it via his Twitter profile. “That’s it,” He writes. “With equal parts regret and relief, the janes addiction experiment is at an end.” This came just hours after Jane’s Addiction finished its...

Concerts & Tours

Sublime with Rome Announce Tour Dates

Sublime fans will be pleased to hear that the controversy surrounding the band’s name has been resolved, and original members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh will be hitting the road in April with new frontman Rome Ramirez, under the banner “Sublime with Rome”. Fourteen years after the death of founding member Bradley Nowell, the group is excited to be officially...

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Dave Holland releases new Archive Series of albums

Dave Holland is helping celebrate his new web site by releasing the beginning of a new set of live performances, called the Archive Series. The best part is that the Archive Series Vol. 1: The Dave Holland Quintet ‘07 is on sale for only $1 through today. The album is a previously unreleased concert recording from a 2007 European tour...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Kustom KB Series Amplifiers

Kustom Amplification has introduced a brand new line of bass amps, called the KB series. The line consists of five combo amps, ranging from 10 to 200 watts, and a 200-watt head, which is available as rack-mountable or in a standalone wooden cabinet. Kustom describes the KB series as based on producing great tone, without “useless bells and whistles.” Each...

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Korn’s Fieldy Puts Finishing Touches On His “Not-So-Heavy” Solo Album

Korn bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu has announced that he is nearing completion on a new solo album, entitled Bassically, which he plans on releasing later this year. He says the music will be a sharp contrast to the heavy sound he is known for. In an interview with AOL’s Noisecreep, he said, “I’d say it’s like a jazz fusion funk...

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Duff McKagan Searching for Book Publisher

Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan is in talks with book publishers about releasing a personal memoir, recounting his rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle throughout the years. A twitter post from his wife, Susan Holmes, read “Duff’s back from NYC – he met and was wooed [by] 13 of the best book publishers – this is [for] the release of...


10th Annual Summer Camp Music Festival to feature Victor Wooten and more

The Summer Camp music festival to be held in Chillicothe, Illinois promises to be another groovy, bass-filled weekend, with such acts as Victor Wooten, moe., Gov’t Mule, Railroad Earth, Steel Pulse, and many more. The festival, which is celebrating its 10th year running, is a green event which seeks to “reduce [its] carbon footprint, support local business and reduce, reuse,...