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  • Bass of the Week: Sadowsky Guitars NYC Will Lee 5-String

    Bass of the Week: Sadowsky Guitars NYC Will Lee 5-String

    One of the great things about writing the Bass of the Week column is that builders send us photos of some of their best work. This recent Sadowsky NYC Will Lee 5-string hit my inbox and stopped me in my tracks. Built with a chambered swamp ash body, the bass’s candy apple orange finish and... »

  • Oz Noy, Will Lee, and Stefano Volpe: Wisps

    Oz Noy, Will Lee, and Stefano Volpe: Wisps

    Will Lee is rounding out 2017 with a funky little video for the song “Wisps”. Written by drummer Stefano Volpe, it also features Lee’s jamming buddy Oz Noy on guitar. The bassist kicks off the video with his signature brand of humor before laying down a nicely syncopated groove. Volpe shared his gratitude on Facebook... »

  • Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon

    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... »

  • Will Lee’s Family: Georgy Porgy

    Will Lee’s Family: Georgy Porgy

    In 2012, Will Lee performed at the Cotton Club in Tokyo, along with Steve Gadd, Chuck Loeb, Giulio Carmassi, and Oli Rockberger. Here’s a tune from that set, with the band covering Toto’s hit song, “Georgy Porgy.” »

  • Jaco Pastorius Big Band Import CD Available

    Jaco Pastorius Big Band Import CD Available

    Jaco Pastorius’ music, as played in the past and closer to the present, are the focus of Now & Then, the two-CD import set from the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. The first disc of the Japanese import is the “Then” part of the package, featuring previously unreleased takes from Jaco’s 1981 “Birthday Concert.” The second... »

  • Oz Noy Gets Funky on Latest with Will Lee and Roscoe Beck

    Oz Noy Gets Funky on Latest with Will Lee and Roscoe Beck

    Guitarist Oz Noy, whose music blends jazz, funk, rock, blues and R&B, focuses on the funk this time around with the appropriately titled album, Who Gives a Funk. Bassist Will Lee, most well-known for his work in the bands for David Letterman’s late-night shows, and a longtime Noy collaborator, appears on the album, as does... »

  • Will Lee Discusses the End of His Gig on Letterman

    Will Lee Discusses the End of His Gig on Letterman

    After the final show of the Late Show with David Letterman, One On1 shared this interview with Will Lee. During the segment, they of course focused heavily on his years in the World’s Most Dangerous Band/CBS Orchestra, but they also got into his early years. Some of the funnier parts included his admission that he... »

  • “Jaco’s World” with Felix Pastorius, Robert Trujillo & Will Lee Live at Hollywood Bowl

    “Jaco’s World” with Felix Pastorius, Robert Trujillo & Will Lee Live at Hollywood Bowl

    On August 12th, an all-star lineup gathered at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate the music of Jaco Pastorius. The event also included clips from Robert Trujillo’s documentary on Jaco. Brian James was in the audience and captured some of the show for the rest of us to enjoy. This clip starts off with Jaco’s son... »

  • Hamish Stuart Band with Will Lee: Person to Person

    Hamish Stuart Band with Will Lee: Person to Person

    Here’s a super fun video of the Hamish Stuart Band performing in 2013. In this clip, Will Lee is not only looking sharp, he’s laying down the funk (with some iconic bass lines thrown in here and there for good measure). »

  • Will Lee, With the CBS Orchestra: MacArthur Park

    Will Lee, With the CBS Orchestra: MacArthur Park

    Tonight marks the final episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, bringing an end to the legendary career of the longest running late-night talk show host. It also marks the dissolution of the CBS Orchestra, which has stuck with Letterman since his days at NBC when they were known as the World’s Most Dangerous... »