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Will Lee’s Family: Georgy Porgy
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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
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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 disc is primarily culled from...

Oz Noy Gets Funky on Latest with Will Lee and Roscoe Beck
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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 bassist Roscoe Beck (Robben Ford,...

Will Lee Discusses the End of His Gig on Letterman
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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 never practices (with the more...

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

Hamish Stuart Band with Will Lee: Person to Person
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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
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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 Band. Bass guru Will Lee...

New Paperback Edition of Mike Visceglia’s “A View From the Side” Released
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New Paperback Edition of Mike Visceglia’s “A View From the Side” Released

Top session bassist Mike Visceglia committed the experience of being a pro bassist to print with his book A View From the Side, which is now available in a new paperback edition. Visceglia, well-known for his work with John Cale and Suzanne Vega, has also played/performed with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Phoebe Snow and Bette Midler. The...

Oz Noy, Will Lee and Keith Carlock: Steroids (Live)
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Oz Noy, Will Lee and Keith Carlock: Steroids (Live)

One of my all-time favorite videos we’ve shared goes back to 2012: Oz Noy, Will Lee and Keith Carlock performing “Schizophrenic” live in Tokyo. Here’s the trio cooking on “Steroids” from that very performance.

Dean Brown, Will Lee & Dennis Chambers: All You Need Is Love
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Dean Brown, Will Lee & Dennis Chambers: All You Need Is Love

Back in 2009, the group known as DB III took the stage at Tokyo’s Cotton Club. The trio, consisting of guitarist Dean Brown, bassist Will Lee and drummer Dennis Chambers, performed one funky version of the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”. The tune, arranged by Brown, appeared on the trio’s album, , also released in 2009. Dig it.

Oz Noy Releases “Twisted Blues Vol. 2” with Will Lee and Roscoe Beck
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Oz Noy Releases “Twisted Blues Vol. 2” with Will Lee and Roscoe Beck

Bassists Will Lee (The Late Show with David Letterman) and Roscoe Beck (Leonard Cohen, Robben Ford, The Dixie Chicks, Eric Johnson) provide the low end for singular guitarist/composer Oz Noy on his sixth album, . The album is a follow-up to the 2011 release of Volume 1, also featuring Lee and Beck. An Israeli native who has called the U.S....

Will Lee: The Magic of Jaco
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Will Lee: The Magic of Jaco

It is always interesting to hear one prolific musician speak about another prolific musician. Will Lee did just that, sharing his thoughts on Jaco Pastorius. From his home studio (dubbed “The Beatles Museum”), Will starts off by playing a fretless bass, points at it and says “Jaco invented this thing… it’s amazing.” The interview covers a lot, including Will’s first...