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Raise Up: An Interview with Larry Graham
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Raise Up: An Interview with Larry Graham

It’s not often a musician can lay claim to changing the way their instrument is played, but Larry Graham is definitely one of those musicians. His story is the stuff of legends – Graham played guitar in his mother’s band. He also sang and played the bass pedals of an organ to fill the bottom end. The organ broke, so...

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Return with New Album, “Raise Up”
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Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Return with New Album, “Raise Up”

Photo by Erich Francois Larry Graham and Graham Central Station are back! The slap bass pioneer and his crew have just announced that Raise Up, their first studio album since 1999’s GCS2000, will be dropping on September 25th. With guest appearances from Prince and Rafael Saadiq, Raise Up will include three new versions of classic Graham Central Station songs and...

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Play Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”
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Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Play Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”

Yep, you read that right. During an appearance on the Dutch radio show GIEL to promote his European tour, Larry Graham and his band Graham Central Station took current pop music head on by tackling the Maroon 5 tune “Moves Like Jagger”. Armed with his iconic white bass and some gnarly effects, the slap bass innovator nails the tune and...

The Crusaders, with Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham: Put It Where You Want It, Live (1983)
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The Crusaders, with Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham: Put It Where You Want It, Live (1983)

Here’s a little piece of bass history for you. At the Live Under the Sky Jazz Festival in 1983, the Crusaders were joined by bass legends Stanley Clarke and Larry Graham for an exciting version of “Put It Where You Want It.” After some showmanship between the two bassists, Clarke waves Crusaders bassist Brad Bobo to the front and the...

Larry Graham: Super Slapping Bass Pedal Demos
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Larry Graham: Super Slapping Bass Pedal Demos

Here’s a cool clip of Larry Graham taken from an out-of-print instructional video called “Super Slapping Bass.” The funky slap master gets heavy as he demos a few of his favorite effects pedals. Can Larry get any cooler? We think not.

The Jam! Happy 65th Birthday, Larry Graham
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The Jam! Happy 65th Birthday, Larry Graham

65 years ago today, Larry Graham, Jr. was born in Beaumont, Texas. From Sly & the Family Stone to Graham Central Station, and a whole lot of other projects, he’s credited with the invention of slap bass. Or as Larry calls it, “Thumpin’ and Pluckin’.” Larry is still bringing it… Here’s a clip of Graham Central Station performing “The Jam”...

Bootsy Collins’ Funk University Year Two Under Way
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Bootsy Collins’ Funk University Year Two Under Way

Bootsy Collins’ Funk University has begun it’s second year of classes. The online funk school’s faculty for this year includes Ron Carter, Verdine White, Jack Bruce, Hansford Rowe, Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham, Jani Hendrix and more. The program, which costs $29.99 a month, includes access to on-demand video lessons, tutorials and lectures on playing and the music business as a...

2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Lineup Announced
Concerts & Tours

2011 Montreux Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for the 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival has been announced, and it will be a solid year for bass lovers. A few of the bassists set to perform include Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Christian McBride, Richard Bona and Marcus Miller, who will be performing as part of a tribute to Miles Davis. The fest is...

Larry Graham Announces First Dates of “Funk Around the World” Tour
Concerts & Tours

Larry Graham Announces First Dates of “Funk Around the World” Tour

After appearing on a couple dates of Prince’s “Welcome 2 America” tour, Larry Graham has announced a string of initial US concerts for his band, Graham Central Station. Though the calendar only includes six dates, the slap bass pioneer posted on his website, sharing the “Funk Around the World” Tour will soon include more shows, including stops at cities around...

Warwick to Release “Fuss on the Buss” DVD
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Warwick to Release “Fuss on the Buss” DVD

Warwick announced they will be releasing Warwick Live: Fuss on the Buss, a DVD release which documents the coming together of 11 bassists on a bus under the Manhattan Bridge. The group includes T.M. Stevens, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Norwood Fisher, Divinity Roxx, Jonas Hellborg, Ryan Martinie, John B Williams, Brandino, Hansford Rowe and Steve Bailey. Warwick says the event...

Marcus Miller and Larry Graham: Release Yourself
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Marcus Miller and Larry Graham: Release Yourself

Bass history was made when Marcus Miller and Larry Graham performed together at Billboard Live Tokyo in September. Luckily for everyone who wasn’t there, a fan caught the duo performing “Release Yourself” on camera.

Larry Graham: Bass Solo, Live au Bataclan
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Larry Graham: Bass Solo, Live au Bataclan

Marcus Miller shared this video of Larry Graham a while back. Not much more needs to be said, does it?