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  • Ask Damian Erskine: Learning and transcribing

    Q: I was listening to one of your YouTube videos and thought I heard similar lines that I’ve heard Jaco play (like a run in “Havona”). Regardless, I would like to tackle some of these parts. Do you just have a great ear or did you start out with charts to learn such fast lines?... »

  • Ray’s Raving About… NPR Music

    I am a big fan of talk radio and I especially like the programs on NPR (National Public Radio). In this “rave” I wanted to spotlight the music section on the NPR web site. NPR Music has so many cool things to offer including concerts, studio session, interviews, reviews, etc. There is something for everyone... »

  • Janis Ian and Richard Bona duet: At Seventeen

    Janis Ian and Richard Bona duet: At Seventeen

    Wow, this video was really unexpected and pleasant surprise: legendary singer/songwriter Janis Ian performing “At Seventeen” with Richard Bona backing her up. The performance took place on a Dutch TV show a few years ago. More than once Janis smiles at Bona’s playing (and harmonics). »

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  • Richard Bona’s U.S. show updates

    Richard Bona is on the road from now through July, including a few upcoming performances with Mike Stern. We’ve seen this pairing at Blues Alley in Washington, DC. Highly recommended, if you can make it. Upcoming U.S. shows: Mike Stern Trio Three nights: April 20th, 22nd, and 27th, 2009 at 10pm 55 Bar: 55 Christopher... »

  • Patriots: Richard Bona with the Zawinul Syndicate

    Patriots: Richard Bona with the Zawinul Syndicate

    Today’s featured video is from the Zawinul Syndicate’s North Sea Jazz Festival performance in 1997. Richard Bona is tearing it up, along with drummer Paco Sery and the rest of the Syndicate… If you like this, you may also like the Syndicate’s World Tour release, a live 2-disc set from the same year. The recording... »