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  • Buzz Beat Friday, February 20th

    She’s got Pat Metheny, Bill Cosby and Dave Letterman singing her praises. Esperanza Spalding is a string bassist and the youngest teacher at the Berklee School of Music with a very interesting story. Know someone getting started on bass? This book and video just might do the trick. Grammy-winning bassist Chris Kent has been battling... »

  • Sonic Youth share details about “The Eternal”

    The much-anticipated 16th album from Sonic Youth is on its way. Among the new details are a release date, June 9, 2009, and cover art. Recorded last year at SY’s Echo Canyon West studio, the record features former Pavement/Dustdevils bassist Mark Ibold as the band’s newest studio member, replacing Jim O’Rouke. Ibold has been touring... »

  • Wayne Shorter concert DVD features 3 legendary bassists

    Wayne Shorter’s performance at the 1996 Montreux Jazz Festival is now available on DVD. Bassist and formerly Shorter’s Weather Report band mate Alphonso Johnson, Stanley Clarke and Ron Carter all make appearances on the DVD, which includes bonus footage from both the 1991 and 1992 Montreux performances. The complete line-up for the 1996 show: Wayne... »

  • Velvet Revolver singer search update and other “surprises” from Duff McKagan

    Since Velvet Revolver split with Scott Weiland last April, finding a replacement has proved more difficult than expected. Bassist Duff McKagan has kept the media up-to-speed on the audition process over the last eight months, and here’s his latest report to “Pulse Of Radio”: “In the last, I would say, about eight weeks, we got... »

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  • Buzz Beat for February 16

    Playing a little catch up here on bass buzz from around the web… The Grammy Awards revealed more than just this year’s winners. The event proved to be a family affair as we learned that legendary bassist Charlie Haden is Jack Black’s father-in-law. The Jack Black references don’t stop there: after bassist Paul McCartney‘s performance... »

  • New David Sanborn DVD release features Marcus Miller

    David Sanborn’s newest DVD, Live at Montreux 1984 showcases his headlining performance (with bassist Tom Barney) at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The DVD consists of nine main tracks, but wouldn’t be complete without highlights from the 1981 show Sanborn played with bass-great Marcus Miller. Miller shows up on the three bonus tracks Love Is Not... »

  • Mr. Big to Reunite

    “It’s like getting back with an old girlfriend, but because you want to, not because you have to.” This is how bassist and group founder Billy Sheehan describes the upcoming Mr. Big reunion tour. Last fall the original members got together and rocked out the House of Blues in LA. According to Sheehan, the chemistry... »

  • Tony Levin touring updates

    Tony Levin is currently performing a four night stand in NYC with L’Image, then heading south of the border with Peter Gabriel. L’Image (Mike Mainieri/vibes, Warren Bernheart/piano, David Spinozza/guitar, Steve Gadd/drums) recently completed recording on an album first conceived by the group about thirty years ago. They hope to release the CD any day now.... »

  • Charles Mingus Tribute at Manhattan School of Music

    The 1st annual celebration of the life and works of Charles Mingus will be held February 20-22 at the Manhattan School of Music. The weekend is centered around the 1st Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition. Other festivities will include keynote speakers, a panel discussion, and performances by Manhattan School jazz ensembles as well as... »

  • Deftones to play Bamboozle Left

    The Deftones are preparing their first appearance since bassist Chi Cheng went into a coma after a car accident in November, 2008. Former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega, who filled in briefly for Cheng in 1999, will perform with the band in the Bamboozle Left festival on April 5th, 2009. The band issued this statement: Our... »