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James Genus Anchors New Album by Robben Ford and Bill Evans
New Albums

James Genus Anchors New Album by Robben Ford and Bill Evans

Guitarist Robben Ford and saxophonist Bill Evans teamed up to record a new album, “The Sun Room.” The duo, which has often worked together over the years, recruited drummer Keith Carlock and bassist James Genus to round out the record.

Oz Noy’s “Booga Looga Loo” Features Will Lee, James Genus, and John Patitucci
New Albums

Oz Noy’s “Booga Looga Loo” Features Will Lee, James Genus, and John Patitucci

Guitarist Oz Noy’s new album, “Booga Looga Loo,” is now available. Noy’s impressive guitar work is supported by an unbelievable cast of musicians, including Will Lee, James Genus, and John Patitucci.

Oz Noy: Chocolate Souffle
Bass Videos

Oz Noy: Chocolate Souffle

Oz Noy has a new album coming out called “Booga Looga Loo” on March 15th. Check out this clip of “Chocolate Souffle” with John Patitucci holding down a solid shuffle with drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. Patitucci also throws down on an epic solo at the 3:48 mark.

Fodera Reveals James Genus Emperor 5 Elite Bass
Basses

Fodera Reveals James Genus Emperor 5 Elite Bass

Fodera has teamed up with bassist James Genus to release a new signature model of their Emperor 5 Elite bass. Genus, who has worked with the top names in jazz and is currently the house bassist for Saturday Night Live, worked with the company to make the bass comfortable and tonally versatile. “The James Genus Signature Emperor is designed to...

Herbie Hancock Recruits James Genus for Summer Tour
Concerts & Tours

Herbie Hancock Recruits James Genus for Summer Tour

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has announced a tour of the United States and Europe this summer, and it’s going to be incredible. He’s put together a killer lineup for his band with Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Terrace Martin on drums, and James Genus on bass. The bassist has been a mainstay in the jazz community for...

Berklee Bass Department: Little Drummer Boy
Bass Videos

Berklee Bass Department: Little Drummer Boy

One of our favorite holiday traditions is getting a holiday video from Steve Bailey and the Berklee Bass Department. This year, Steve, and fellow Berklee bass faculty Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, James Genus and Lincoln Goines put together this terrific arrangement of “Little Drummer Boy”. The bassists dedicate this year’s video to the late Victor Bailey. They’ve also announced Victor...

MONK’estra Big Band Releases Vol. 1
New Albums

MONK’estra Big Band Releases Vol. 1

Pianist John Beasley’s MONK’estra contemporary big band, which interprets the work of legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, has released MONK’estra Vol. 1. Beasley is a Monk aficionado and serves as music director for the Monk Institute’s gala concerts, like International Jazz Day and the Monk Institute’s annual competition galas. Since 2013, the MONK’estra has played live on both...

Bassists Galore Featured on “Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy” Album
New Albums

Bassists Galore Featured on “Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy” Album

Don’t call the Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy a jazz big band. Instead, the San Francisco-based 15-piece band led by Igoe is something else. “We’re a rock band in a jazz band’s body,” said Igoe, a distinguished drummer. And it’s definitely a group with plenty of low end. Dewayne Pate serves as the band’s primary bassist, but on the group’s ,...

Herbie Hancock Kennedy Center Honors with Dave Holland, James Genus and Marcus Miller
Bass Videos

Herbie Hancock Kennedy Center Honors with Dave Holland, James Genus and Marcus Miller

It’s incredible to think about how much music Herbie Hancock has made. He was honored this past year at the Kennedy Center, and the diversity of styles is astounding. In this video, a cast of some of the world’s finest musicians play through songs that define Hancock’s career, and that includes some heavy hitting bassists. Dave Holland roots the band...

Daft Punk Releases “Random Access Memories”
New Albums

Daft Punk Releases “Random Access Memories”

Electronica duo Daft Punk have taken a turn towards humanity with their latest album, Random Access Memories, which almost exclusively uses live instrumentation. The 13-track effort brings together a spectacular cast of guest musicians including Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams, Paul Williams, Nile Rodgers, Chilly Gonzalez and others. “Making music with musicians and bringing back a certain craftsmanship, that was totally...