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Áron Hodek and Richard Bona: 2019 NAMM Jam
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Áron Hodek and Richard Bona: 2019 NAMM Jam

We caught 8-year-old bass prodigy Áron Hodek at the NAMM show this year and we were blown away. During a performance at the Markbass booth, Richard Bona invited Áron on stage for a jam.

Kazumi Watanabe Trio, with Richard Bona: Havana
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Kazumi Watanabe Trio, with Richard Bona: Havana

Here’s a fantastic clip from the 2003 Tokyo Jazz show with Kazumi Watanabe, Richard Bona, and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. During one of Bona’s solos, Watanabe’s guitar strap gave out and his guitar came crashing down. Even that was remarkably in time.

Mike Stern Band with Richard Bona: Live at Jazz in Marciac 2018
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Mike Stern Band with Richard Bona: Live at Jazz in Marciac 2018

This year’s Jazz in Marciac lineup looked to be stellar, and here’s one example. The Mike Stern band took the stage with Richard Bona on bass, Manu Katche on drums, and Niels Lan Doky on keys. Here’s one of the clips from their performance. As always, Bona is so on the money!

Jonah Nilsson with Richard Bona: Coffee Break
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Jonah Nilsson with Richard Bona: Coffee Break

You’ll probably recognize Jonah Nilsson thanks to his work with Dirty Loops. Jonah released a new solo single a few days ago for his tune “Coffee Break,” and he had an exciting guest on the track: Richard Bona. “It’s my biggest pleasure to have such a great musician/artist and long time inspiration on this song!” Jonah shared. The track is...

Richard Bona and Metropole Orkest: Engigilaye
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Richard Bona and Metropole Orkest: Engigilaye

We’ve featured Richard Bona and Metropole Orkest before, with their take on the Jaco Pastorius tune, “Three Views of a Secret.” Here’s another terrific performance from that concert, with a performance of the tune, “Engigilaye.”

Richard Bona and Metropole Orkest: Three Views of a Secret
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Richard Bona and Metropole Orkest: Three Views of a Secret

In 2013, Richard Bona joined the Metropole Orkest for a performance at Lantaren Venster in Rotterdam. Among the tunes they played was Jaco Pastorius’s “Three Views of a Secret.” This has always been one of my all-time favorite tunes, and it was a treat to check out this rendition.

Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon
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Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon

Bassists will be getting their due in a new documentary called Beneath The Bassline. Directed by Nick Wells, the film features loads of interview time with some of the greatest bass players in the world. Wells traveled to Fodera Guitars, Sadowsky Guitars, and Aguilar Amplification in New York to get the scoop on gear and meet up with bassists Will...

Richard Bona: Please Don’t Stop
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Richard Bona: Please Don’t Stop

Richard Bona is a captivating musician on his own. Add the Metropole Orkest and you’ve got some glorious music for your ears. Here’s Bona and the orchestra performing last year honoring Quincy Jones for the BBC Proms. Bona fronts the massive group with his bass and a microphone, whipping the group into a frenzy. Be sure to check out his...

Groove – Episode #27: Richard Bona
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Groove – Episode #27: Richard Bona

He’s known as “The African Sting,” and people compare his style, approach and flair of the electric bass to Jaco Pastorius. If there’s one word that best describes Richard Bona it is: artist. The Cameroon native blends elements of African rhythms with jazz, rock, and pop. He has played with guitarist Mike Stern and Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe. That’s not...

Richard Bona and Raul Midon: Teen Town
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Richard Bona and Raul Midon: Teen Town

Here’s an incredible fan shot video of Richard Bona and Raul Midon performing Jaco’s “Teen Town” live in Tokyo in 2013. In addition to nailing the tune, Bona and Midon trade some pretty sick solos.