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Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp Returns March 18-20
Events

Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp Returns March 18-20

Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp is back for 2022, which will mark the camp’s 20th anniversary. The weekend-long getaway will once again include hands-on workshops, masterclasses, giveaways, and meet and greets with the camp’s faculty.

Berklee Bass Department 2021: A Retrospective
Bass Videos

Berklee Bass Department 2021: A Retrospective

This has been a holiday tradition for many years, thanks to our friend Steve Bailey. Check out this year’s video by Steve and the Berklee Bass Department (with Victor Wooten and Bakithi Kumalo) with an impressive performance with some holiday cheer.

Bakithi Kumalo Releases New Solo Album, “What You Hear Is What You See”
New Albums

Bakithi Kumalo Releases New Solo Album, “What You Hear Is What You See”

Bass legend Bakithi Kumalo has released a new solo album called “What You Hear Is What You See”. The ten-song collection is inspired by his journey from South Africa to the U.S. some 35 years ago as well as characters he’s met during his travels.

Groove – Episode #82: Bakithi Kumalo
Groove Podcast

Groove – Episode #82: Bakithi Kumalo

This month’s episode of Groove - the No Treble Podcast features a true legend. Enjoy the conversation with Bakithi Kumalo...

Bailey, Wooten, and Pattituci to Host “Fretless Bass Pioneers” Webinar
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Bailey, Wooten, and Pattituci to Host “Fretless Bass Pioneers” Webinar

This week’s Berklee Bass Department webinar will feature heroes of the fretless bass. Guests will include Tony Franklin, Percy Jones, Gary Willis, Steve DiGiorgio, Alain Caron, Bakithi Kumalo, Michael Manring, and Mark Egan.

Berklee Bass Department: Holiday Mashup 2020
Bass Videos

Berklee Bass Department: Holiday Mashup 2020

For many years now, we’ve had a great holiday tradition, thanks to Steve Bailey. Steve sent us this year’s Berklee Bass Department holiday video. This year’s Mashup features Steve along with Bakithi Kumalo, John Patitucci, and Victor Wooten.

Steve Bailey Releases Jaw-Dropping Duets Album, “Carolina”
New Albums

Steve Bailey Releases Jaw-Dropping Duets Album, “Carolina”

Steve Bailey has returned with a new solo album, or more appropriately, duet album. “Carolina” is an amazing 17-song collection that showcases the six-string wonder with a wide array of artists.

Paul Simon: Wristband
Bass Videos

Paul Simon: Wristband

Paul Simon shocked the world on February 5th when he released a statement that he’s retiring from touring. That led me to watch a ton of his videos, including this clip for his recent song “Wristband.” Simon is joined by longtime collaborator Bakithi Kumalo, who many know for his incredible bass lines on the Graceland album. “Wristband” comes from 2016’s...

Bass Bash Returns for 15th Anniversary Shows
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Bass Bash Returns for 15th Anniversary Shows

The Bass Bash is returning to Anaheim, California for its 15th anniversary, and this time they’re pulling out all the stops. The two-night event, which coincides with the Winter NAMM Show, features some of the most talented bassists in the world performing on one stage. The lineup for Thursday, January 25th will include Mohini Dey, Cheikh Ndoye, Reggie Young, Abraham...

Bakithi Kumalo Anchors New Paul Simon “The Concert in Hyde Park” DVD
New Albums

Bakithi Kumalo Anchors New Paul Simon “The Concert in Hyde Park” DVD

In 2012, Paul Simon reunited with his Graceland musicians to perform special concert at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London. Held at Hyde Park, the concert also featured special appearances by Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Jimmy Cliff. The whole cast was anchored by the unshakeable bass grooves of Bakithi Kumalo. Luckily, it’s been released on DVD. Kumalo,...

Paul Simon Bass Transcriptions Published
Sheet Music & Instruction

Paul Simon Bass Transcriptions Published

Transcriptionist Aidan Hampson has turned his talents to to the work of prolific singer/songwriter Paul Simon. His latest book, The Best of Paul Simon for Bass, features bass lines created by some of the greatest: Anthony Jackson, Tony Levin and Bakithi Kumalo on fretless bass. The book includes 12 songs: Mother and Child Reunion Me and Julio Down by the...

Kala Revamps California Series U-Basses for 2016
Basses

Kala Revamps California Series U-Basses for 2016

Kala has revamped their California U-Bass series for 2016. The mini-scale, solid-body instruments will have reshaped necks and bodies, plus new placement for the fret markers on the fingerboard. “The California body and neck have been cut and sanded to smoother, more rounded edges so they provide more comfort for the player,” The company writes. “The feel is enhanced when...