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Rocco Prestia Announces New Solo Album
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Rocco Prestia Announces New Solo Album

Twenty years after releasing his debut solo album, bass icon Rocco Prestia has announced he’s working on his second. The Tower of Power legend unveiled the new project via an ArtistShare crowdfunding campaign.

Rocco Prestia at Bass Day 98: “Oakland Stroke” and “What is Hip”
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Rocco Prestia at Bass Day 98: “Oakland Stroke” and “What is Hip”

Here’s an excellent clip from Bass Day 98 showcasing Rocco Prestia on the tunes “Oakland Stroke” and “What is Hip.” Is there a tighter rhythm section than Rocco and David Garibaldi?

Tower Of Power: So I Got to Groove (Live)
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Tower Of Power: So I Got to Groove (Live)

Tower Of Power performed a killer set at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July 2006. Among the tunes they played was “So I Got to Groove.” Of course, Rocco Prestia laid down the funkiness behind the band and that awesome horn section.

Tower of Power Celebrate 50 Years with “Soul Side of Town”
New Albums

Tower of Power Celebrate 50 Years with “Soul Side of Town”

Who knew you could be so funky for so long? Tower of Power is celebrating 50 years of making music in 2018 with a new album called Soul Side of Town. While the band’s lineup has changed up through the years, the album includes original saxophonists Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka as well as the epic rhythm section of...

Tower of Power: So Very Hard To Go (Live on Soul Train)
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Tower of Power: So Very Hard To Go (Live on Soul Train)

The other day, I stumbled upon this 1973 video of Tower of Power’s appearance on Soul Train. I immediately texted it to Kevin, and then I watched it countless times since then. The song is “So Very Hard To Go”, and Rocco Prestia is laying it down like only he can, behind one killer band.

Tower Of Power: What Is Hip? (Chicago 1977)
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Tower Of Power: What Is Hip? (Chicago 1977)

Today is Rocco Prestia‘s birthday, and we thought we’d celebrate with this old school clip of Tower of Power. Here’s the band performing “What Is Hip?” in Chicago in 1977. Happy birthday, Rocco!

Tower of Power to Celebrate 48th Anniversary with Tour
Concerts & Tours

Tower of Power to Celebrate 48th Anniversary with Tour

It may seem hard to believe, but 2016 will mark 48 years since the formation of Tower of Power. The influential group has released 18 studio albums, seven live albums, six compilations, three DVDs, and have toured the world with thousands of shows. To celebrate the band’s longevity, they’ll be bringing their unique blend of soul, funk, jazz and rock...

Steve Bailey and Friends: Jingle Bells
Bass Videos

Steve Bailey and Friends: Jingle Bells

Steve Bailey has sent out his annual audio Christmas greeting, and this year’s is the biggest yet. As head of the Berklee Bass Department, Bailey brings in featured artists during their visits to the college to make special bass arrangements of holiday carols. This year has Bailey, Sandro Scoccia, Leland Sklar, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, David Ellefson, Gary Willis, and...

Tower of Power: Soul With Capital S (Java Jazz Festival – 2006)
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Tower of Power: Soul With Capital S (Java Jazz Festival – 2006)

Here’s a great clip of Tower of Power performing “Soul With Capital S” – with some trademark funky bass by the one and only Rocco Prestia. And how about that honkin’ bari sax? This performance was recorded at the Java Jazz Festival in 2006.

Tower of Power: “Soul With a Capital S”, Live (2008)
Bass Videos

Tower of Power: “Soul With a Capital S”, Live (2008)

Bass legend Francis “Rocco” Prestia shared this video on his Facebook page the other day, and I can only imagine that thousands of people around the world started moving in their seats. This clip of “Soul With a Capital S” is taken from the band’s 40th Anniversary at the Fillmore West. Most bass players dream of being able to play...