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Jack Bruce to headline Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival kicks off next month, from July 31st to August 9th, in Scotland. Cream bassist Jack Bruce is among the headliners, performing with guitarist Robin Trower and drummer Gary Husband. The schedule and band line-up is pretty amazing. Chris Minh Doky will be performing with Doky/Ozone/Johansen/Smith. Bassist Mario Caribe will perform as part of Phil...

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Black Sabbath to release “Best Of” album

Black Sabbath, featuring bassist Geezer Butler, front-man Ozzy Osbourne, drummer Bill Ward and guitarist Tony Iommi, will release their best of album on June 15th. This band is unquestionably one of the most influential Hard Rock bands to date. VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock ranked them second to only Led Zeppelin. They have also sold millions of albums...

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SMV to headline Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

A festival with likely the longest name in festival history, The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF), kicks off today and runs through June 20th, in Rochester, NY. SMV, the bass trio consisting of Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten is among the festival’s headlining acts. More than 800 musicians will perform in more than 225 concerts. Maybe they...

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Missy Raines & the New Hip

Missy Raines & the New Hip Bassist Missy Raines is on the road, touring with her new band, Missy Raines & the New Hip, and showcasing her new musical directions. The tour follows the band’s February release, Inside Out. As Missy puts it, she “is now stepping out to make a longtime dream come true; creating a fusing of bluegrass...

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Super 400: Sweet Fist

Super 400 is working on their latest soon to be released album, Sweet Fist, and No Treble got a sneak preview of the rock monster’s work. The record was recorded on tape at legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, and adds another gem to their discography. In their words the album “stands for power and heart, honesty and desire!” Super...

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Playboy Jazz Festival: the bassists

This weekend’s Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl will include two days of great music and great bass players. Highlights include Dave Holland with his big band, Esperanza Spalding and John Patitucci with the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Here’s a more complete lineup: Saturday performances include Jimmy Cobb’s So What Band featuring Wallace Roney, Norman Brown’s Summer Storm 2009, The...


SongKick: Never miss a concert

How often do you find yourself jumping from site to site for you favorite bands, trying to find out when they are on tour? SongKick makes it easy! It is a social-concert site dedicated to concert recommendations. You can import your Last.FM top 50 to track, post pictures from concerts you’ve attended, track specific bands, or track other people and...

John Entwistle Bass Book
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John Entwistle Bass Book

The John Entwistle Bass Book is a new book featuring transcriptions of Entwistle’s amazing bass lines from 19 songs by The Who. Transcriptions are presented in standard notation, tabs, and chord symbols and detailed performance notes are included as well. The 127-page book also contains a section on Entwistle’s career, playing styles and equipment.

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Kai Eckhardt: New Live Performances

Kai Eckhardt and Blue Coast Records producer Cookie Marenco hit the studio last week and recorded Kai performing four new solo pieces. The duo used a new recording technique called E.S.E. (Extended Sound Environment), which “brings the Live performance to you in a holographic sound experience”. The team used five microphones and Kai played three of his instruments during the...

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Christian McBride tour update

Bassist Christian McBride is on road with his quintet, Christian McBride & Inside Straight. Here are the dates for the summer: June 11: Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA June 12: Anthology in San Diego, CA June 13 & 14: Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA Jun 15: Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle, WA June 17-20: Catalina’s Bar and Grill in...